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Top 5 WSOP Stats You Need To Know

November 2, 2021
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The World Series of Poker is steadily chugging along, so here are five WSOP stats any poker fan should know.


Bracelets

Phil Hellmuth continued his stellar WSOP run this year by breaking his own record of 16 bracelets with his most recent WSOP tournament win. The legend outlasted 271 players and won $84,951. Hellmuth said he was emotional about the victory in a tweet, and described the allure a 2-7 bracelet has had for him.

Hellmuth continues to separate himself from the rest of the pack. His 16th WSOP victory puts a six bracelet gap between him and the three players tied for 2nd on the all-time bracelet list. Phil Ivey, Johnny Chan and Doyle Brunson all have 10 bracelets.


Cashes

WSOP success can also be measured by tournament cashes. Currently, Roland Israelashvili holds the record for the most WSOP cashes with 291, 73 cashes ahead of Arkadiy Tsinis who’s in second place with 218.

Israelashvili has cashed for almost $3 million throughout his WSOP career. So far this year, he has made the money in six tournaments for a total of $76,993 in cashes. His most notable cashes came in Event #15: 6-Handed No-Limit Hold’em where he finished 29th for $10,857 and Event #2: H.O.R.S.E. with an 11th place finish for $46,002.

The tournament grinder has found the money in WSOP tournaments since his first appearance in 2005 when he placed 31st in the $3,000 No-Limit Hold’em event for $9,755.


Back-To-Back Winners/All Winners

Winning one WSOP event is a dream of all tournament poker players, however, these poker pros won back-to-back events either in the same series or in consecutive years.

Doyle “Texas Dolly” Brunson had an impressive string of WSOP victories in the 70s. In the 1976 WSOP, Brunson won the $5,000 No-Limit 2-7 Draw Lowball event for $90,250. Five days later, the Texas Dolly won the main event for $220,000. The dominance didn’t stop there.

The next year, Brunson continued his extravagant play and took down two more events in the $10,000 Limit Seven Card Stud Hi-Lo and the Main Event for $52,500 and $340,000, respectively.

In 1978, Brunson took down the $5,000 Limit Seven Card Stud for $69,000, and in the following year he took down the $600 Mixed Doubles Seven Card Stud event for $4,500.

Johnny Chan did the unthinkable by winning the Main Event two years in a row. In 1987 he took it down for $625,000, and the following year he won it for $700,000. In 2003, Chan took down two WSOP events in the $5,000 Pot-Limit Omaha for $158,100 and the $5,000 No-Limit Hold’em for $224,400.

Poker legend Stu Ungar won the Main Event in both 1980 and 1981 for $365,000 and $375,000, respectively. He also took down the $10,000 No-Limit 2-7 Draw Lowball in 1981 for $95,000 netting him three WSOP wins in two years.

Although the Main Event looked a little different in 1970 than it does today, Johnny Moss is still considered the winner of the first annual WSOP. The next year, Moss took down the Main Event for $30,000 as well as the $1,000 Limit A-5 Draw Lowball event. In 1974, 1975 and 1976, Moss managed to win three WSOP events.

A list of all main event winners can be found here.


Biggest 1st Place Prize

In 2006, Jamie Gold made history by taking down the largest WSOP Main Event prize pool ever. Gold outlasted 8,772 players to win the tournament and take his $12,000,000 share of the record-holding $82,512,162 prize pool. 

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