A Look at the WSOP Greats till Date

June 15, 2012

The World Series of Poker is in full swing in Las Vegas, and poker enthusiasts from around the world are flocking to the city to be a part of the excitement. As always, the event has managed to attract a number of professional and novice players. The WSOP is one of the major poker events that has helped many professionals in earning a reputation and of course a lot of money. Here is a note on some of the top WSOP bracelet winners from the past.

Phil Hellmuth

After winning his 12th WSOP bracelet in the recent event at Vegas, Phil Hellmuth became the poker player with the highest number of WSOP bracelets. Nicknamed the “brat”, Hellmuth claimed his first WSOP bracelet in 1989, after winning the main event. He also became the youngest player to take the top WSOP honors, and remains so till date. Hellmuth is yet to start his WPT account though.

Doyle Brunson and Johnny Chan

After Hellmuth, Doyle Brunson and Johnny Chan take the second place for the number of WSOP bracelets. Both Brunson and Chan have 10 bracelets each, and are two-time main event winners. While Brunson, who is 78 years old now, has won the main event bracelets in 1976 and 77, Chan won them in 1987 and 88. Chan’s historic victory in 88, where he bluffed his opponent to win, was also featured in the movie called “Rounders”.

Johnny Moss

The late Moss takes the third place with 9 WSOP bracelets in his account. Johnny Moss was the first ever WSOP main event winner, at the inaugural world series in 1970. Moss went on to win 1971 and then in 1974. But he is most popular for winning the heads-up match against Nick Dandalos (The Greek), which got him millions of dollars.

Erik Seidel and Phil Ivey

Erik Seidel and the famous Phil Ivey hold 8 WSOP bracelets each. At 35 years, Ivey is considered to have the best shot at matching Hellmuth’s record in terms of the number of bracelets. He won three WSOP events in a row in 2006, but is yet to capture the main event title.

Seidel on the other hand started his career as a professional backgammon player, before he shifted his interest to poker. Although he lost to Chan in 1988, he went on to win 8 bracelets over the years since then.

Men Nguyen and Billy Baxter

With seven WSOP bracelets each, both Billy Baxter and Men Nguyen are tied at the 5th place. Billy Baxter spent four decades playing poker to win the seven bracelets he holds. In 2006, Billy Baxter was induced into the Poker Hall of Fame. Nguyen, who is nicknamed “the master”, dropped out of school at 13 to support his family, He went into professional poker and finished fourth in the 1996 WSOP main event. He is also known for donating huge sums of his poker earnings to charities in Vietnam.

Of all these players, Doyle Brunson and Erik Seidel have also won the World Poker tour title.