WSOP Main Event Last Former Champion Standing

[SS] “In the past decade or so,” Stan the Stat began, “the poker press has made a big deal of the Last Woman Standing at the World Series of Poker Main Event and, more recently, the Last Celebrity Standing, but before either of these, event reports would often mention the last former champion remaining in the field.

Johnny Moss (1970 and 1971) and Doyle Brunson (1976 and 1977) both won back-to-back Main Events, becoming the first two to earn the title, but Last Champ Standing didn’t really mean much until 1978 when the Main Event stopped being winner-take-all. That year, none of the five former champs cashed, but in 1979 Moss eked into the money, placing fifth to take the first real crown. Since then, at least one former Main Event champ has cashed every year except 1984, 2000, 2002, and 2014.”1

[LL] “And it’s become even more meaningful every year since Stu Ungar won his third title in 1987”, Leroy the Lion noted. “This year will mark three full decades without a repeat winner. That’s almost as long as we waited for a horse to win the Triple Crown. But with the huge fields, it’s entirely possible nobody else will ever win multiple WSOP Main Events, while the next thoroughbred Triple Crown could easily be next year.”

Last Former Champion Standing at the World Series of Poker Main Event

Year Player Place2 Notes
1971 Johnny Moss 1 Moss repeats as champ.
1972 Johnny Moss DNC Moss (6th place), the only former champ, gets this spot by default.
1973 Johnny Moss DNC Moss (2nd place) barely misses his third title.
1974 Johnny Moss 1 Moss wins his record third Main Event.
1975 unknown DNC Moss, Preston, and Pearson don’t cash (only winner paid).
1976 unknown DNC Moss, Preston, and Roberts don’t cash (only winner paid).
1977 Doyle Brunson 1 Brunson becomes the second repeat champ.
1978 unknown DNC No former champ cashes (5 paid for the first time).
1979 Johnny Moss 5 Moss continues to dominate the top of this list. Bobby Baldwin 8th.
1980 Doyle Brunson 2 Brunson narrowly misses becoming a three-time champ. Moss 4th.
1981 Stu Ungar 1 Ungar repeats. Baldwin 7th and Brunson 11th.
1982 Doyle Brunson 4 Brunson final tables for the fifth time. Sailor Roberts 8th.
1983 Doyle Brunson 3 Brunson final tables for the sixth time.
1984 unknown DNC No former champ cashes (9 paid).
1985 Johnny Moss 7 Moss bubbles the six-player final table.
1986 Bill Smith 5 Defending champ reaches final table. Baldwin 16th and Moss 26th.
1987 Jack Keller 9 Keller outlasts Puggy Pearson (17th), Baldwin (21st), Moss (26th), and Berry Johnston (31st).
1988 Johnny Chan 1 Chan repeats as champ. Keller 31st.
1989 Johnny Chan 2 Chan barely misses third straight title. Johnston 29th and Pearson 35th.
1990 Berry Johnston 5 Johnston makes his fourth final table. Ungar 9th.
1991 Billy Baldwin 29 Baldwin’s eighth best finish is the only time he makes this list.
1992 Johnny Chan 7 Chan reaches his fourth final table in six years, edging Keller (8th).
1993 Mansour Matloubi 4 Matloubi returns to the final table three years after winning. Brad Daugherty 9th.
1994 Mansour Matloubi 16 Matloubi becomes the fourth repeat last champ standing. Baldwin 24th.
1995 Hamid Dastmalchi 4 Dastmalchi also returns to the final table three years after winning. Johnston 21st and Keller 28th.
1996 Berry Johnston 16 Johnston barely outsurvives Dan Harrington (17th).
1997 Stu Ungar 1 Ungar wins his record-tying third Main Event. Brunson 16th and Hellmuth 21st.
1998 Jack Keller 22 Keller is the only former champ to cash.
1999 Huck Seed 6 Seed returns to the final table three years later and is the only former champ to cash.
2000 Phil Hellmuth DNC Hellmuth (64th place) misses the money by 19 places.
2001 Phil Hellmuth 5 Hellmuth returns to the final table a dozen years later. Jim Bechtel 23rd.
2002 Phil Hellmuth DNC Hellmuth (somewhere between 60th and 77th place) misses the money by at least 15 spots.
2003 Dan Harrington 3 Harrington returns to final table eight years later. Scotty Nguyen 18th.
2004 Dan Harrington 4 Harrington repeats as final tablist. Chris Ferguson 26th.
2005 Greg Raymer 25 Defending champ easily outdistances Russ Hamilton (59th).
2006 Joe Hachem 238 Defending champ hangs in long after Tom McEvoy exits in 371st.
2007 Scotty Nguyen 11 Nguyen almost reaches the final table, which is far better than Seed (73rd).
2008 Phil Hellmuth 45 Hellmuth far surpasses Chan (329th).
2009 Peter Eastgate 78 Eastgate becomes the last defending champ on this list. A record six former champs cash.
2010 Johnny Chan 156 Chan outlasts Nguyen (209th) for the crown.
2011 Robert Varkonyi 514 Varkonyi is the only former champ to cash (693 paid).
2012 Johnny Chan 353 Chan exits on the same day but long after Seed (527th place).
2013 Carlos Mortensen 10 Mortensen bubbles the final table. Merson 167th and Brunson 409th.
2014 Huck Seed DNC Seed (~740th place) doesn’t cash but is the only former champ to reach Day 4.
2015 Jim Bechtel 121 Bechtel is the best of the record-tying six cashing former champs.
2016 Greg Raymer 122 Raymer takes his second crown ahead of Chan (180th).
2017 Scotty Nguyen 549 Nguyen became the 11th multiple champ, lasting far longer than Joe Cada (948th) and Carlos Mortensen (984th).
20183 Joe Cada 5 Without ever amassing a big stack, Cada made a historic run to the final table, long after Duhamel (409th), Tom McEvoy (430th), and Johnny Chan (612th) were gone.

[SS] “If you only count times when the player cashed, Johnny Chan is the all-time Last Former Champ Standing leader with five titles. If you count all finishes, Johnny Moss jumps ahead with six, including twice when it wasn’t a cash (one of which he earned just by showing up). Doyle Brunson has four titles (all cashes). Phil Hellmuth has two real titles and was the last standing but out of the money twice.”

Multiple Last Champ Standing Titles

Official Titles Player Did Not Cash Titles
5 Johnny Chan 0
4 Johnny Moss 2
4 Doyle Brunson 0
2 Stu Ungar 0
2 Phil Hellmuth 2
2 Berry Johnston 0
2 Dan Harrington 0
2 Greg Raymer 0
2 Jack Keller 0
2 Mansour Matloubi 0
2 Scotty Nguyen 0
1 Huck Seed 1


  1. 2014 was by far the worst showing for the former champs, with a then-record 30 former Main Event champs still living. There are currently 32 ex-champs still alive, so that dubious record can be broken this year.
  2. Players whose place is “DNC” (“did not cash”) aren’t officially recognized as “Last Champ Standing”.
  3. July 15, 2018 update: added Joe Cada for 2018.


Books About the WSOP Main Event

[SS] “Are you one of those players that like to ‘book a win’?” Stan the Stat asked Leroy the Lion.

[LL] “Definitely not. I just want to play as much as I can. I don’t get out of the house very often, you know.”

[RR] “Figaro the Fish definitely likes to”, Roderick the Rock stated. “He’s always announcing how much he needs to win to get even for the night.”

[SS] “To me, it doesn’t matter whether I’m ahead or behind. If it’s a good table to be playing at, I’m staying.

In fact, I’m more interested in books about wins than booking wins. I made a list of poker books written by WSOP Main Event champions, then I expanded it to all books about the World Series of Poker. There are probably more than you’d guess. Most of the gaps in the coverage are recent, since several books cover every Main Event from the beginning to the mid-2000s.

Books That Cover the World Series of Poker Main Event

Main Event Year Author’s Finish1 Author Book Year Notes
1970-2004 N/A Jonathan Grotenstein & Storms Reback All In: The (Almost) Entirely True Story of the World Series of Poker 2005 Significant history of the World Series of Poker through 2004
1970-2006 N/A James McManus Cowboys Full: The Story of Poker 2009 Excellent history of poker (not just Hold ‘Em), with later chapters on the World Series of Poker (mentions Eastgate [2008] but not Yang [2007])
1970-2006 N/A Mark Rogers 52 Greatest Moments World Series of Poker 2006 Stories cover various WSOP Main Events, including “Vera and a Dull Knife” (1972), “Bonetti’s Blunder” (1993), “Fast and Furious Final” (1996), and Moneymaker (2003)
1970-2008 1st (1983) Tom McEvoy (with Dana Smith & Ralph Wheeler) Championship Table: At the World Series of Poker 2009 Basic facts about each WSOP Main Event from 1970 to 2008, including the players at each final table
1972 1st Amarillo Slim Preston (with Greg Dinkin) Amarillo Slim in a World of Fat People 2003 Autobiography includes the 1972 WSOP Main Event as does his Play Poker to Win.
1973 N/A David Spanier Total Poker 1977 Chapter on Puggy Pearson includes stories of the 1973 WSOP Main Event.
1976-1977 1st/1st Doyle Brunson My 50 Most Memorable Hands 2007 Includes at least one hand from 1976 and one from 1977 WSOP Main Event
1978 N/A Mike Caro Bobby Baldwin’s Winning Poker Secrets 1979 Good stories, including Baldwin in the 1978 WSOP Main Event
1978-2001 1st (1983, McEvoy) / 2nd (1985 & 2000, Cloutier) Tom McEvoy & T.J. Cloutier Championship Hold’em Tournament Hands 2003 Advice on playing Limit and No-Limit Hold ‘Em, especially preflop, plus an excellent collection of important WSOP Main Event hands
1980-1981, 1997 N/A Nolan Dalla & Mike Sexton One of a Kind: The Rise and Fall of Stuey “The Kid” Ungar, The World’s Greatest Poker Player 2005 Authorized biography of Stu Ungar, three-time Main Event champion
1981 N/A Al Alvarez The Biggest Game in Town 1983 The story of the 1981 World Series of Poker Main Event; final paragraph summarizes 1982 very briefly
1984 2nd Byron Wolford (with Dana Smith) Cowboys, Gamblers and Hustlers: The True Adventures of a Rodeo Champion and Poker Legend 2002 Stories from the early days of rodeo and poker plus coverage of the 1984 Main Event
1987-2005 N/A Steve Rosenbloom Best Hand I Ever Played 2005 Biographies of 52 poker pros with their favorite hands, nine of which occurred during the WSOP Main Event
1988-1989 did not cash Anthony Holden Big Deal: One Year as a Professional Poker Player 1990 Writer and amateur player spends a year playing poker, including the 1988 and 1989 WSOP Main Events
1989 1st Phil Hellmuth Poker Brat: Phil Hellmuth’s Autobiography 2017 Autobiography, including the 1989 WSOP Main Event
1994 did not cash Al Alvarez Poker: Bets, Bluffs, and Bad Beats 2001 Some poker history and the author’s 1994 WSOP (three events, including the Main Event)
2000 5th James McManus Positively Fifth Street: Murderers, Cheetahs, and Binion’s World Series of Poker 2003 Sent by Harper’s Magazine to write about the 2000 WSOP, McManus ends up playing and playing well!
2001, 2004-2005 5th/did not cash/9th Mike Matusow (with Amy Calistri & Tim Lavalli) Check-Raising the Devil 2009 Includes stories from 2001 (6th), 2004, and 2005 (9th) WSOP Main Events
2003 1st Chris Moneymaker (with Daniel Paisner) Moneymaker: How an Amateur Poker Player Turned $40 into $2.5 Million at the World Series of Poker 2005 The amateur who sparked the poker boom by winning his Main Event entry online
2004 N/A Richard Sparks Diary of a Mad Poker Player: A Journey to the World Series of Poker 2005 Writer attempts to qualify online for the 2004 WSOP Main Event
2005 1st Joe Hachem (with Peter Ralph) Pass the Sugar 2009 Autobiography, including the 2005 WSOP Main Event
2005 did not cash Peter Alson Take Me to the River: A Wayward and Perilous Journey to the World Series of Poker 2007 Writer plays in several events, cashing three times; also summarizes the final 2004 hand between Raymer and David Williams
2005 did not cash Pat Walsh How to Win the World Series of Poker (or Not) 2006 Fairly weak poker-playing author writes about 2006 WSOP Main Event experience
2005-2006 did not cash Anthony Holden Bigger Deal: A Year Inside the Poker Boom 2007 Another year of poker, including the 2005 and 2006 WSOP Main Events
2007 1st Jerry Yang (w/ Mark Tabb) All In 2011 Autobiography including the 2007 WSOP Main Event
2007 N/A Des Wilson Ghosts at the Table: Riverboat Gamblers, Texas Rounders, Roadside Hucksters, and the Living Legends Who Made Poker What It Is Today 2008 Selective history of poker from its roots to the WSOP (including a chapter on the 2007 WSOP and an attempt to track down 1979 champ Hal Fowler)
2010 1st Jonathan Duhamel (with translator Christina Palassio) Final Table: A Winning Poker Approach from a WSOP Champion 2012 Poker strategy book with some Main Event stories
2011 1st Pius Heinz Pius Heinz: My Hands on the Way to the Poker World Champion 2012 Actually titled “Pius Heinz: Meine Hände auf dem Weg zum Poker Weltmeister”, as it’s in German
2011 did not cash Colson Whitehead The Noble Hustle: Poker, Beef Jerky, and Death 2014 Writer gets staked by Grantland to play in the 2011 WSOP Main Event
2016 1st Qui Nguyen From Vietnam to Vegas!: How I Won the World Series of Poker Main Event 2017 Autobiography culminates with the 2016 WSOP Main Event



  1. “N/A” (not applicable) indicates that the author didn’t play in the Main Event.


WSOP Circuit National Championship

[SS] “In 2011, the WSOP Circuit introduced the Circuit National Championship”, Stan the Stat continued. “Despite only having been held six times, it’s already had four different names and four different venues but finally seems to have settled down as the Global Casino Championship at Harrah’s Cherokee Casino Resort in North Carolina.1

WSOP Circuit National Championship Winners

Year Winner Prize Players Cashed Runner-Up
2011 Sam Barnhart $300,000 100 10 James Anderson
2012 Ryan Eriquezzo $416,051 157 18 Nikolas Stone
2013 Jonathan Hilton $355,599 127 16 Max Steinberg
2014 Dominik Nitsche $352,800 126 15 Athanasios Polychronopoulos
2015 Loni Harwood $341,599 122 15 Alexandru Masek
2016 Said El-Yousfi $343,256 126 19 Yasin Ahmady
2017 Sean Yu $296,941 124 19 Alexander Lakhov
2018 Warren Sheaves $282,113 127 20 Jeremy Meacham


  • Besides Harwood, two other women have reached the final table. La Sengphet finished fourth in 2011, and Amanda Musumeci finished eighth in 2012.
  • Other notable players to reach a final table include Daniel Negreanu (6th in 2015) and Huy Nguyen, who finished 3rd in 2012 after bubbling the 2011 final table. Nobody has reached multiple final tables.
  • After Americans won the first three National Championships, two of the last three winners have been foreigners (Nitsche hails from Germany, and El-Yousfi is a Moroccan living in Switzerland2).
  • Attendance figures are fairly constant as 100 players earn free entries during the season, while, since 2012, the top 100 players on the Circuit who haven’t already qualified are allowed to buy in to the event for $10,000.
  • The number of players paid increased in 2016 as part of the WSOP’s new policy of paying 15% of its fields instead of 10%.

WSOP Circuit National Championship Final Hands

Year Winner Hand Value Runner-Up Hand Value Board
2011 Sam Barnhart K♠Q♣ Two Pairs
Kings and 7s
James Anderson A♦T♦ Pair of 7s K♣J♥7♦6♣7♥
2012 Ryan Eriquezzo K♠J♥ Straight, King-high Nikolas Stone Q♥J♦ Pair of Queens 4♣Q♣T♣5♦9♣
2013 Jonathan Hilton K♠T♠ Two Pairs,
Kings and Tens
Max Steinberg 9♦7♠ Pair of Aces K♥T♣8♦A♦A♥3
2014 Dominik Nitsche A♥8♣ Pair of 8s Athanasios Polychronopoulos A♦T♣ Ace-high K♦8♠2♦7♣4♠
2015 Loni Harwood 3♥3♣ Three 3s Alexandru Masek A♣7♥ Pair of 7s 8♣7♣3♦5♣6♠
2016 Said El-Yousfi A♠8♦ Two Pairs,
9s and 7s,
Yasin Ahmady K♠Q♥ Two Pairs,
9s and 7s,
2017 Sean Yu T♣3♣ Flush,
Alexander Lakhov A♥J♣ Pair of Jacks J♦4♣3♠9♣5♣
2018 Warren Sheaves A♣3♣ Pair of Aces Jeremy Meacham Q♦7♥ Ace-high A♥8♦6♥4♦J♦


  • All of the chips went into the middle before the flop every year except 2013 (turn), 2016 (flop), and 2017 (river).


  1. The event was called the National Championship from 2011 to 2015 and has been the Global Casino Championship since 2016.

    Caesars Palace hosted the first event in 2011, the Rio in 2012 (as part of the usual WSOP in Las Vegas), Harrah’s New Orleans in 2013 (the first bracelet awarded in the U.S. that wasn’t in Las Vegas), Bally’s in Atlantic City in 2014, and Harrah’s Cherokee since 2015.

  2. The Hendon Mob Database considers El-Yousfi as being from France, so he probably lived there for a while too.
  3. The suit of the final Ace in 2013 is unknown and irrelevant but was probably the Ace of Hearts since it was reported as the second Ace of Diamonds.

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WSOP Circuit

[SS] “What’s up, Doc?” Stan the Stat asked by way of greeting.

[LL] “What a maroon!” Leroy the Lion answered. “I’m not a doctor; I only play one on TV. He don’t know me very well, do he?”

[SS] “So, I take it you like that wascawwy wabbit, Bugs Bunny?”

[LL] “Of course, you realize this means war!”

[SS] “I was just thinking of the Knighty Knight Bugs episode.”

[LL] “You don’t say…”

[SS] “Some of the knights included Sir Osis of Liver and Sir Loin of Beef.”

[LL] “What about Sir Round of Sound and Sir Cumference of the Round Table?”

[RR] “Or Sir Cadian of Rhythm and Sir Valance of Camera?” Roderick the Rock contributed.

[FF] “Or Sir Fsup of Dude and Sir Vand of Volley?” Figaro the Fish added.

[SS] “I’m fairly certain none of them were there. Nor was Sir Cut of the World Series of Poker.”

[LL] “Ah, I was wondering what you were circling round to. You’re not usually much for circumlocution.”

[SS] “The WSOP Circuit launched in 2005, with events throughout the U.S. leading up to the World Series of Poker in Las Vegas, whose start was pushed back from May to July.

Each stop on the tour includes many small cheaper events whose buyins are under $1,0001 leading up to a more expensive Main Event. Some stops also have a High Roller event with an even bigger buyin.”

[SS] “In the early years, lots of big-name pros played the Circuit as poker tournaments weren’t as numerous then. Some huge names still pepper the career earnings list, including Chris Ferguson at #1, Men Nguyen at #5, and Daniel Negreanu at #6.

WSOP Circuit Career Earnings Leaders

Rank Player Earnings
1 Chris Ferguson $1,359,143
2 Maurice Hawkins $1,259,947
3 Doug Lee $847,367
4 Peter Feldman $830,028
5 Men Nguyen $827,951
6 Daniel Negreanu $819,172
7 Gregg Merkow $807,186
8 John Spadavecchia $791,796
9 Joe Kuether $791,368
10 Walter Chambers $789,603

Everyone who wins a tournament, including any of the small buyin, ladies, and seniors events, gets a Circuit Ring. Over 200 rings are now awarded each year, but with hundreds of entrants in every event, nobody has managed to win more than Maurice Hawkin’s 10 rings.

WSOP Circuit Career Rings Leaders

Rank Player Rings
1 Maurice Hawkins 10
2 Valentin Vornicu 9
Alexandru Masek
4 Ari Engel 8
Robert Hankins
Chris Reslock
7 Cory Waaland 7
Joshua Reichard
9 John Holley 6
Kyle Cartwright

The total number of Circuit events has already exceeded the number of WSOP events despite the latter’s 35-year head start. So it’s not completely surprising that career Circuit cashes leader Douglas Carli has passed Phil Hellmuth’s WSOP mark of 119.

WSOP Circuit Career Cashes Leaders

Rank Player Cashes
1 Douglas Carli 128
2 Charles Moore 90
3 John Holley 66
4 Jason Mayfield 64
5 Christopher Conrad 62
6 Rex Clinkscales 60
7 Neil Scott 59
8 Robert Hankins 58
Paul Sokoloff
10 Michael Sanders 56


  • Only Maurice Hawkins (#2 earnings and #1 rings), Robert Hankins (#4 rings and #3 cashes), and John Holley (#9 rings and #8 cashes) appear on multiple of the above lists.
  • Although there are now international Circuit events, Americans dominate the lists, not surprisingly. Only Canadians Doug Lee, Daniel Negreanu, and Paul Sokoloff prevented a sweep.
  • Lots of players have won both a WSOP bracelet and a WSOP Circuit ring, but only nine have won more than one of each: Men Nguyen (7 bracelets and 4 rings), Chris Ferguson (5 and 3), Allen Cunningham (5 and 2), Max Pescatori (4 and 2), John Cernuto (3 and 2), Loni Harwood (2 and 3), Dan Heimiller (2 and 2), Brent Carter (2 and 2), and Frankie O’Dell (2 and 2).
  • La Sengphet, Loni Harwood, and Nancy Brinbaum are the female rings leaders with three. Nine women have two: Daphne Turner, Donna Delfin, Felicia Johnico, Jane Sheldon, Janet Fitzgerald, Nadezhda ‘Nadya’ Magnus, Patricia Till, Sylva Simordova, and Veronica Heath.

The Circuit has not only survived for thirteen years, growing from 5 stops the first year to 26 next year, it’s surpassed all of the WSOP’s expectations.”


  1. Most events have a $365 buyin.
  2. The Main Event usually has a $1,675 buyin.

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Daniel Negreanu’s Triple Bracelet Bet

[SS] “I love Daniel Negreanu as much as anyone, but has he lost his mind?” Stan the Stat wondered.

[LL] “I take it you’re referring to his bet that he’d win three WSOP bracelets this summer?” Leroy the Lion suggested.

[SS] “Yes. What was he thinking???”

[RR] “I think he has so much money that it doesn’t mean anything to him anymore”, Roderick the Rock contributed.

[LL] “I agree. It’s purely a self-motivational ploy.”

[SS] “Still, he could have gotten so, so, so much better odds and still found plenty of takers.”

[LL] “Prop bets are supposed to be rigged in favor of the person offering the bet. Negreanu gave even money on what, a 10,000-to-1 longshot?”

[SS] “That’s what Vanessa Selbst said last year about Dzmitry Urbanovich’s chances of pulling off the feat. She got 200-to-1 on him and 180-to-1 on Jason Mercier, who actually came very close, winning two bracelets and final tabling two other events.”

[RR] “So, something around 100-to-1 might be around Negreanu’s real chance. Even money is ridiculous.”

[LL] “I don’t know how much action Negreanu took on the bet before he took it off the table,1 but I think it’ll work out fine for him. He just needs to cover his bets from increased winnings. He could still have gotten better odds, but that’s largely irrelevant when there’s such a slim chance of his succeeding.”

[SS] “His odds may be a bit better than you estimate though. If he’s truly motivated, he can play about 70 of the 74 events. He’d need just over a four percent chance of winning each event to have a good shot at winning three bracelets, which has been done six times:

WSOP Triple Bracelet Winners

Year Player Events
1973 Puggy Pearson $4,000 Seven-Card Stud; $1,000 No-Limit Hold ‘Em; $10,000 No-Limit Hold ‘Em Main Event
1993 Phil Hellmuth $2,500 No-Limit Hold ‘Em; $1,500 No-Limit Hold ‘Em; $5,000 Limit Hold ‘Em
1993 Ted Forrest $5,000 Seven-Card Stud; $1,500 Razz; $1,500 Limit Omaha 8 or Better
2002 Phil Ivey $1,500 Seven-Card Stud; $2,500 Seven-Card Stud 8 or Better; $2,000 S.H.O.E.
2009 Jeff Lisandro $1,500 Seven-Card Stud; $2,500 Razz; $10K Seven-Card Stud 8 or Better
2014 George Danzer $10,000 Razz; $10,000 Seven-Card Stud 8 or Better; $5,000 8-Game Mix (WSOP Europe)


  • For the purposes of Negreanu’s bet, Danzer’s triple wouldn’t count, as his third bracelet was at WSOP Europe, not during the summer in Las Vegas.
  • A player has won at least two bracelets in a year 64 times (56 times in Las Vegas alone). Phil Hellmuth is the only player to do it three times (notably, once in each of three decades: 1993, 2003, and 2012). Gary Berland, Doyle Brunson, Chris Ferguson, Layne Flack, Ted Forrest, Phil Ivey, Men Nguyen, and Tom Schneider each did it twice (Berland, Brunson, and Flack all in back-to-back years).
  • Nani Dollison is the only woman to win two bracelets in a year, although one of her two titles in 2001 wasn’t an open event ($1,000 Ladies Limit Hold ‘Em & Seven Card Stud).
  • Erik Seidel has the most bracelets (8) without ever getting two in a year. Jay Heimowitz is second (6).
  • Negreanu’s own best year was 2013 when he won two bracelets, but neither was in Las Vegas.”


  1. Ben Lamb was the initial bettor. Chance Kornuth joined in on the action immediately, but the window was closed just three hours later after an unknown number of other takers. { July 28, 2017 update: Negreanu lost his bet but did cash 11 times in about 40 events for $699,804 (~$386,000 in buyins not counting rebuys). }

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