Stan’s Lists – Most Cashes in One WSOP


[SS] “Records were made to be broken”, Stan the Stat began.

[LL] “I think Bill Veeck and Steve Dahl might disagree with you”, Leroy the Lion interrupted.

[SS] “Okay, Disco Demolition Night notwithstanding, people keep getting taller, stronger, and faster; the world population keeps growing; and of course, the World Series of Poker keeps adding new events, so expect records to get broken almost every year.”

[LL] “Okay, I’ll bite. Which one do you think will fall next?”

[SS] “In terms of individual records, the most WSOP cashes in one year. Every year about midway through the World Series of Poker, some player on a hot run1 is on pace to break the record. Somehow the record has stayed intact despite the number of events growing by over ten percent since 20122, but it’s inevitable.

Official WSOP records for cashes only seem to go back to 2006, so this required more than a little digging on my part and may not be quite as accurate as most of my lists…”

History of the Most Cashes in One WSOP

Cashes Player Year
2 Johnny Moss 1971
3 Puggy Pearson 1973
4 Jack Keller 1986
5 Phil Hellmuth 1992
6 Mike Sexton 1995
7 Phil Hellmuth 2001
8 Chris Ferguson 2003
10 Nikolay Evdakov 2008
11 Konstantin Puchkov 2012
12 Ryan Laplante3 2016

Notes:

  • Moss also won the 1970 championship vote, but there was no tournament to “cash” in that year. All of the 1971 events were winner-take-all, so he became the first to cash twice by winning two of the five events.
  • Pearson won three events for his three 1973 cashes. Gary Berland tied the record in 1978 and Jesse Alto in 1984.
  • Humberto Brenes, Phil Hellmuth, and Richard Tatalovich tied Ferguson’s record of eight in 2006; Chad Brown and Michael Binger tied it in 2007.
  • Because of the almost continual increase in the number of events each year, the percentage of available events in which each record holder has cashed has gone almost straight down. Keller cashed in one third of the events in 1986, while Puchkov only cashed in 15.9% (18.0% if you ignore WSOP Europe and Asia Pacific). Only Hellmuth’s record represented a higher percentage of events than the previous record-holder’s.
  • Puchkov had all of his cashes in the WSOP in the U.S., but this table can be split in two if someone breaks his record with cashes at the WSOP Europe or WSOP Asia Pacific. Puchkov also holds the EPT career record for cashes.
  • As of today there are seven other members of the ten-cash club: Terrence Chan, Jason Mercier, and Phil Hellmuth in 2012; Daniel Negreanu in 2013; and George Danzer, Humberto Brenes, and Roman Israelashivili in 2014. {July 15, 2015 update: Mark Radoja, Eric Baldwin, and Joe Kuether all went into the 2015 Main Event with a chance to tie the record of 11 but failed to cash.} {July 11, 2016 update: Ryan Laplante joined the club and set a new record with 12 cashes.}

[LL] “Have you also compiled the records for the women?”

[SS] “Yes, a little more definitively since women didn’t play much in the early years when the data is sketchier. There are some very familiar names here as well.”

History of the Most Cashes in One WSOP, Women

Cashes Player Year
1 Bonnie Baez 1974
3 Marsha Waggoner 1993
4 Annie Duke 1995
5 Jennifer Harman 2005
7 Cyndy Violette 2006
8 Maria Ho 2014

Notes:

  • One of Waggoner’s cashes was in the Ladies Limit 7-Card Stud tournament. None of the other record-setters included a Ladies event. Annie Duke tied Waggoner’s record with three cashes in 1994.
  • Ho’s cashes included Hold ‘Em, Omaha, 7-Card Stud, and Dealer’s Choice events.
  • Other big years for women include six cashes each for Cherish Andrews and Vanessa Selbst in 2012 and Loni Harwood and Melanie Weisner in 2013.

[LL] “I don’t think Maria Ho has gotten nearly as much recognition for her record as she deserves. I didn’t realize she played so many varieties of poker so well.”

[SS] “Well, I hope I can help spread the news to the whole world.”

Footnotes:

  1. The on-pace-to-break-the-record candidates were Terrance Chan in 2012, Dan Kelly in 2013, Humberto Brenes in 2014, and Joe Kuether this year (already passed by Mark Radoja).
  2. The number of WSOP events has increased from 69 in 2012 to 78 this year (61 to 68 in the U.S. part of the WSOP).
  3. Ryan Laplante cashed in the new Tag Team event with Leo Wolpert to break the record.

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Stan’s Lists – Women in Poker Hall of Fame


[LL] “Wasn’t there an induction into the Women in Poker Hall of Fame last year around this time of year?” Leroy the Lion wondered. “I haven’t heard anything about this year’s inductees at all.”

[SS] “I was thinking the same thing”, Stan the Stat responded. “So I went to the web site, but there’s no new news since before the 2014 ceremony.”

[LL] “Uh oh, that doesn’t sound promising.”

[SS] “Yeah, that worried me. There are only two women1 in the other Poker Hall of Fame, so it’s definitely good for poker to have more women honored for their play or work behind the scenes. I emailed the contact2 for the web site, but it bounced.”

[LL] “Trouble.”

[SS] “Fortunately, they also listed the Board Chair, Lupe Soto, and she responded!”

[LL] “Cool.”

[SS] “The bad news is that there won’t be an induction ceremony in 2015. The good news is that they’ve been on an every-other-year schedule since 2012 and are already thinking about 2016.”

[LL] “Good to hear. Who do you think should get in next?”

[SS] “Well, for starters, here’s who’s already in:”

Women in Poker Hall of Fame Inductees

Year Inductee Claim to Fame
2008 Barbara Enright Only woman to reach the WSOP Main Event final table (5th place in 1995); won WSOP Ladies Championship 1986 and 1994
2008 Susie Isaacs Won consecutive WSOP Ladies Championships (1996-97); 10th in 1998 WSOP Main Event
2008 Linda Johnson Won the 1997 WSOP $1,500 Seven-Card Razz event
2008 Marsha Waggoner Over $900,000 in career tournament winnings; Last Woman Standing in the WSOP Main Event in 1993 and 1997
2009 Jan Fisher Co-founder of the Tournament Directors Association
2009 Cyndy Violette Won 2004 WSOP $2,000 Seven-Card Stud High-Low Split tournament
2009 June Field Won 1982 WSOP Ladies Seven-Card Stud; founded Card Player magazine in 1988
2010 Jennifer Harman Won 2000 WSOP $5,000 No Limit Deuce to Seven Draw and 2002 WSOP $5,000 Limit Hold ‘Em events
2010 Kathy Liebert Won 2004 WSOP $1,500 Limit Hold’em Shootout; over $6,000,000 in career winnings
2010 Billie Brown Marketing Director of Ocean’s Eleven Casino in Oceanside, California
2011 Margie Heintz First female WSOP dealer in 1977, including the Main Event final table that aired on CBS
2011 Kristy Gazes Won 2007 WPT Ladies Invitational and $20k NLHE FullTiltPoker.Net Championship
2011 Phyllis Caro Director of Poker Operations at the Hollywood Park Casino
2012 Kathy Raymond Director of Poker Operations at the Venetian Resort and Hotel
2012 J.J. Liu 2nd place in 2007 WPT Bay 101 $9,600 Championship Event (highest female WPT Main Event finish)
2014 Deborah Giardina Vice President of Poker Operations at bestbet Jacksonville in Florida
2014 Allyn Shulman Won 2012 WSOP $1,000 No Limit Hold ‘Em Seniors Championship

[LL] “A little heavy on non-players, I’d say. I’m a huge fan of poker, and I’ve never heard of a bunch of them.”

[SS] “Same here.”

[LL] “So, a couple players for 2016 would make sense… Vanessa Selbst is an obvious choice. She’s the only woman to win three WSOP bracelets in open events.”

[SS] “Although I think she’ll just qualify for ‘ten years’ in the poker world, she won’t reach the age minimum of 35 until 2019 or 2020, depending on when the inductions are.

Nani Dollison, the other female with three bracelets, albeit two in women’s events, wouldn’t be a bad choice either, but outside of those three bracelets, her resume is pretty empty.”

[LL] “How about the EPT star you told us about, Victoria Coren Mitchell?”

[SS] “Sure, the only player, male or female, to win two EPT Main Events certainly has the credentials. Besides her great results at the table, she had a long-running poker column in The Guardian and The Observer and is a commentator on TV.”

[LL] “I’d also nominate Annie Duke. As polarizing a figure as she is, she’s certainly left a mark on the game.”

[SS] “Sure, an NBC Heads-Up title, the interesting but ill-fated Epic Poker League, Last Woman Standing in the WSOP Main Event twice,…”

[LL] “And I’m sure she helped popularize poker with her provocative appearance on Donald Trump’s The Apprentice.

[SS] “I think Coren Mitchell and Duke would be great additions, but I don’t know if either of them passes the ‘must be a proponent of women in poker’ test. Duke once said, ‘Poker is one of the only sports where a woman can compete on totally equal footing with a man, so I don’t understand why there’s a ladies-only tournament.'”3

[LL] “I don’t know if that makes her a ‘proponent’ or not.”

[SS] “Her 2005 book, How I Raised, Folded, Bluffed, Flirted, Cursed and Won Millions has worse, like, ‘To emphasize your femininity, giggle girlishly when you win pots. Check-raise them at every opportunity. Show them your bluffs. They already don’t like you. Why not completely piss them off?… It worked for me.'”

[LL] “Okay, that may not help her cause much.”

[SS] “On the other hand, Duke trumpets herself as a Trailblazer for Women in Poker on her web site, saying all the right things.”

[LL] “Such as?”

[SS] “‘I truly believe that we have a responsibility as women who have successfully found their place in this game to mentor young women. To provide them with the same confidence and belief that your intellect is your greatest weapon that my mother gave to me.'”

[LL] “That’s exactly what the committee wants to hear.

What about Coren Mitchell?”

[SS] “She’s probably in better shape on this condition. She’s said stuff like, ‘Stuart Wheeler says women are no good at poker?! If he fancies playing a bit of heads up, he knows where to find me.'”4

and ‘A big part of winning at poker is psychology and detective work – things that women tend to be quite good at. Why is that person doing this or that? You are looking at someone’s face and working out if they are nervous or confident. You need a good understanding of people.'”5

Footnotes:

  1. Barbara Enright was inducted in 2007 and Linda Johnson in 2011.
  2. The Women in Poker Hall of Fame website lists inquiries@womenspokerhalloffame.com as the contact email address.
  3. From Toby Leah Bochan’s 2005 book, The Badass Girl’s Guide to Poker.
  4. From an interview in the August 16, 2013 Evening Standard.
  5. From an interview in The Jewish Chronicle Online, September 17, 2009.

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Stan’s Lists – Phil Hellmuth Wins 14th / WSOP Bracelet Spans


[RR] “Phil Hellmuth just won his 14th WSOP bracelet!” Roderick the Rock announced.

[LL] “What did he win it in?” Leroy the Lion asked.

[RR] “Razz, the only game he’s won a bracelet in besides Hold ‘Em. I’ve been rooting for Phil Ivey to catch up, but he’s not even in Las Vegas.”

[LL] “I heard he’s off milking the cash Macau”, Leroy the Lion commented. “He and Negreanu didn’t make a bracelet bet this year, but maybe this news will get him to reschedule his return flight earlier.”

[SS] “Especially since that’s Hellmuth’s third bracelet of the 2010s, pulling him into a tie with Ivey, Matt Matros, Michael Mizrachi, and Dominik Nitsche for the most in the decade”,1 Stan the Stat remarked. “He already had the most in the 1990s (5), and he tied for second most in the 2000s (5, two behind Ivey and tied with Johnny Chan, Layne Flack, Allen Cunningham, and Chris Ferguson).

Not surprisingly, it makes Hellmuth the first player with at least three bracelets in three different decades. Only Doyle Brunson and Johnny Chan have won even two in three decades,2 while only Ivey and Erik Seidel3 have won three in two decades.

Surprisingly, Hellmuth isn’t far off from another record: most years between his first and last bracelets. Brunson won in 1976 and 2005, a range of 29 years. Hellmuth’s bracelets have now spanned 26 years!”

Longest Gap Between First and Last WSOP Bracelets

Rank Player First Last Years
1 Doyle Brunson 1976 2005 29
2 Chip Reese4 1978 2006 28
3 Billy Baxter 1975 2002 27
4 Jay Heimowitz5 1975 2001 26
Phil Hellmuth5 1989 2015
6 Mickey Appleman 1980 2003 23
7 Ted Forrest 1993 2014 21
8 Johnny Chan 1985 2005 20
9 Johnny Moss 1970 1988 18
Amarillo Slim Preston 1972 1990
Hans Lund 1978 1996
Berry Johnston 1983 2001
T.J. Cloutier 1987 2005
Men Nguyen 1992 2010

Footnotes:

  1. Daniel Idema added his third WSOP bracelet of the 2010s on June 18, 2015 by winning the $3,000 H.O.R.S.E. tournament. Brian Hastings captured his third on June 20, 2015 by winning the $1,500 10-Game Mix tournament.
  2. Men Nguyen, Ted Forrest, and David Chiu can join the triple double list with another bracelet by 2019.
  3. Seidel won four bracelets in two decades (one behind Hellmuth’s record). Ivey could match that this year when he finally shows up in Las Vegas.
  4. Reese had by far the longest gap, 24 years, between consecutive WSOP bracelets. Lund went 18 years between his only two bracelets and Starla Brodie 16 between hers.
  5. Hellmuth’s gap is 26 years and 11 days, while Heimowitz’s is somewhere under 26 years and 7 days, but the years of the WSOPs are all that really matter, so consider them even.

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Triple Crown Winners


[RR] “Are you guys excited about American Pharoah’s1 possible Triple Crown at the the Belmont Stakes tomorrow?” Roderick the Rock polled.

[LL] “Nay, horse racing is right up there with boxing on my list of sports that don’t need to exist”, Leroy the Lion opined. “It isn’t really any better for the animals than greyhound racing.”

[RR] “I’m not really into it either, but this year is interesting because no horse has won the Triple Crown for a record 37 years.”2

[SS] “I don’t know why everyone says that”, Stan the Stat argued. “Sure, it was only a quarter century between Citation in 1948 and Secretariat in 1973, but the longest drought was actually the first one. The Kentucky Derby became the last of the three races to debut in 1875,3 and the first Triple Crown was Sir Barton in 1919, which meant there were 44 straight years without a Triple Crown. That’s seven years longer than the current gap since Affirmed accomplished the feat.”

[FF] “How could a horse miss winning the Triple Crown if it didn’t exist yet?” Figaro the Fish wondered.

[SS] “The term did already exist and was used for horse racing in England. But if you mean that it wasn’t really bandied about to refer to the Kentucky Derby/Preakness/Belmont Stakes Triple Crown, you’re technically correct. Gallant Fox’s 1930 sweep was the first to get called a Triple Crown in the press.”

[LL] “I prefer the Triple Crown in Major League Baseball, where you get two for the price of one, one for hitting and one for pitching.”

[RR] “I’d prefer a Triple Crown of Poker… Does that exist?”

[SS] “Indeed it does. The Poker Triple Crown consists of winning World Series of Poker, World Poker Tour, and European Poker Tour tournaments. It’s currently rarer than the horse racing Triple Crown, with just five holders compared to eleven, but since it’s a career accomplishment, the numbers are bound to grow rapidly over the next few years.4

Triple Crown of Poker Winners

Player EPT WPT WSOP Age
Gavin Griffin 2007 2008 2004 26
Roland de Wolfe 2006 2005 2009 29
Jake Cody 2010 2010 2011 22
Bertrand Grospellier 2008 2008 2011 30
Davidi Kitai 2012 2011 2008 32

All of the Triple Crown winners except Kitai have no other titles on the three tours; Kitai earned a second WSOP bracelet in 2014.”

[LL] “How many players are just one title short of the Triple Crown?”

[SS] “55, which is just three more than the number of horses who wound up one leg short. Most of the players are missing an EPT title, not surprising since that’s the newest and least prestigious of the three tours.

Just four players are only missing a WSOP bracelet: Mohsin Charania, Moritz Kranich, Andrey Pateychuk, and Roberto Romanello. The same number are only lacking a WPT bracelet: Rob Hollink, Maxim Lykov, Jason Mercier, and Ram Vaswani.”

[LL] “So it’s a real horse race to see which poker player joins the Triple Crown club next.”

{ June 6, 2015 update: American Pharoah became the twelfth winner of the Triple Crown in a wire-to-wire, five and a half length romp. }

{ July 1, 2015 update: Anthony Zinno won the WSOP $25,000 Pot Limit Omaha High Roller to join the list of players missing just an EPT title. }

{ June 23, 2016 update: Mike Watson won the 2016 PCA Main Event to join the list of players missing only a WSOP bracelet. }

{ July 4, 2016 update: Andrew Lichtenberger the WSOP $3,000 No Limit Hold ‘Em event to join the list of players missing just an EPT title. }

Footnotes:

  1. Both owner Ahmed Zayat and the Jockey Club claim the other party was responsible for the misspelling (should be “pharaoh” for the Egyptian kings). { June 6, 2015: Better explanation of the misspelling. }
  2. E.g., Wikipedia echoes this claim.
  3. The Preakness started in 1873 and the Belmont Stakes in 1867.
  4. That is, as long as the three tours, especially the European Poker Tour, stay healthy.

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