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Jun 2019

WSOP Bracelet Bonanza: The Best Players In Poker

by Christine in Features, News category

This time of year really makes us feel like playing poker. Okay, well if we’re being honest, almost every time of year makes us really feel like playing poker. But having the World Series of Poker underway really does make us extra enthusiastic about the game! And that’s why we’re going to indulge in a quick fire article about the players who have won the most WSOP bracelets.

WSOP, in case you don’t already know, is the highest profile poker event of all time. It always attracts the biggest names in online and bricks-and-mortar poker and is infamous for fireworks on the felt.

That’s why when you see who’s won the most WSOP bracelets, you can see with some accuracy who are some of the best players in the world.

Join us on this journey and learn about some of the biggest poker personalities of all time!

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Phil Hellmuth: Most WSOP bracelets

How many WSOP bracelets: 15

When did he win them: Between 1989 and 2018.

Is he playing in the 2019 WSOP: Yes. He’s already played a couple games and cashed, so we’re guessing it’s likely he’ll throw his hat into the ring for the larger buy-ins too.

Poker career: One of the highlights of his career was beating Johnny Chan and becoming the youngest WSOP Main Event champion of all time at just 24 years old. He’s also the only person to win the Europe WSOP Main Event as well as the regular one.

Poker trademark: Known as Poker Brat, Hellmuth is famous for being temperamental on the table and flipping out when he suffers a bad beat. He might not be the best table mate, but it sure is fun to watch.

Phil Ivey: Most WSOP bracelets runner-up

How many WSOP bracelets: 10

When did he win them: Between 2000 and 2014.

Is he playing in the 2019 WSOP: Yes he is. He made his first appearance on Friday, 7 June in Event #18 $10,000 Omaha Hi-Lo. He didn’t cash that time, but who knows what’ll happen in the coming weeks…

Poker career: This man was one of the first of the true young poker stars. He really got on people’s radar after storming the WSOP tables in 2002, when he was just 25. He also specialises in non-Texas Hold’em games, which encourages diversity in the games.

Poker trademark: Some say Ivey is the best player in the world. That’s where his nicknames The Phenom and the Tiger Woods of Poker come from. This fact alone makes him an intimidating person to play. He’s a regular at the Bellagio Big Game (a $4,000/$8,000 mixed cash game), so if you’re in the area and have the cash to back it up, you can try it for yourself.

Johnny Chan: Another runner-up

How many WSOP bracelets: 10

When did he win them: Between 1985 and 2005.

Is he playing in the 2019 WSOP: He hasn’t appeared in any event yet, but we’re guessing the Orient Express will make an appearance for the bigger name events, including the Main Event.

Poker career: This man’s legacy in poker stretches back over three decades. He shocked the close-knit world of poker in the late 1980s when he won both the 1987 and 1988 WSOP main events. Despite not winning a bracelet in the last 15 years or so, Chan has cashed in the main event in both 2008 and 2010.

Poker trademark: Widely known even outside of the poker world for his prowess, Chinese-born Johnny Chan is a true poker legend with the credentials to back it up. Famously, he appeared in Rounders and this pop culture moment cemented his place in poker stardom.

Doyle Brunson: Our final runner-up

How many WSOP bracelets: 10

When did he win them: Between 1976 and 2005.

Is he playing in the 2019 WSOP: He retired from poker last year, and marked it with a juicy $43K win at a WSOP event the very day he made the announcement. So he’s not likely to pull up a seat this year.

Poker career: The original poker superstar, he was the first person to become a poker millionaire. He also, impressively won the WSOP Main Event two years running in both 1976 and 1977. So although he doesn’t have the most WSOP bracelets, almost everyone in the game looks up to him.

Poker trademark: This cowboy-hat wearing poker veteran is 85 years old and is known as Texas Dolly. Bluff Magazine have called him the most influential force in poker, which is some compliment. He’s also got brains to burn, with a Masters in business and a number of books bearing his name.