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World Series of Poker: The 20 Greatest Poker Players (Most Bracelets)

Phil Helmuth Won His Record 12th Bracelet in 2012

Phil Helmuth Won His Record 12th Bracelet in 2012

The November Nine (now the October Nine) is set for 2012. The last surviving nine players in the World Series of Poker‘s Main Event ($10,000 No Limit Hold ‘em) will face off at the Final Table starting on October 28th this year, vying for a first prize of over $8.5 million – and of course, in some ways just as important, a prestigious Main Event bracelet.

The World Series of Poker offers bracelets to the winners of several poker events every year. In 2012, 61 bracelets are up for grabs in everything from No-Limit Hold ‘em to Omaha High/Low to HORSE.

Today’s list features those card sharks who have won the most WSOP bracelets, led by “The Poker Brat,” Phil Hellmuth with 12.

The face of Texas Hold ‘em, Doyle Brunson, and Johnny Chan have 10 bracelets apiece, including back-to-back Main Event titles for each. They and Johnny Moss and Stu Ungar, both also on the list below, are the only poker players to win the Main Event two years in a row.

Main Event wins are highlighted in green.

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1. Phil Hellmuth The Poker Brat 12 1989 $10,000 No Limit Hold’em Main Event
        1992 $5,000 Limit Hold’em
        1993 $1,500 No Limit Hold’em
        1993 $2,500 No Limit Hold’em
        1993 $5,000 Limit Hold’em
        1997 $3,000 Pot Limit Hold’em
        2001 $2,000 No Limit Hold’em
        2003 $2,500 Limit Hold’em
        2003 $3,000 No Limit Hold’em
        2006 $1,000 No Limit Hold’em with rebuys
        2007 $1,500 No Limit Hold’em
        2012 $2,500 Seven-Card Razz
           
2. Doyle Brunson Texas Dolly 10 1976 $5,000 Deuce to Seven Draw
        1976 $10,000 No Limit Hold’em Main Event
        1977 $1,000 Seven-Card Stud Split
        1977 $10,000 No Limit Hold’em Main Event
        1978 $5,000 Seven-Card Stud
        1979 $600 Mixed Doubles (with Starla Brodie)[8]
        1991 $2,500 No Limit Hold’em
        1998 $1,500 Seven-Card Razz
        2003 $2,000 H.O.R.S.E.
        2005 $5,000 No Limit Shorthanded Texas Hold’em (6 players per table)
           
2. Johnny Chan Orient Express 10 1985 $1,000 Limit Hold’em
        1987 $10,000 No Limit Hold’em Main Event
        1988 $10,000 No Limit Hold’em Main Event
        1994 $1,500 Seven Card Stud
        1997 $5,000 Deuce to Seven Draw
        2000 $1,500 Pot Limit Omaha
        2002 $2,500 No Limit Hold’em Gold Bracelet Match Play
        2003 $5,000 No Limit Hold’em
        2003 $5,000 Pot Limit Omaha
        2005 $2,500 Pot Limit Hold’em
           
4. Johnny Moss The Grand Old Man of Poker 9 1970 World Series of Poker Main Event
        1971 Limit Ace to 5 Draw
        1971 $5,000 No Limit Hold’em Main Event
        1974 $10,000 No Limit Hold’em Main Event
        1975 $1,000 Seven Card Stud
        1976 $500 Seven Card Stud
        1979 $5,000 Seven Card Stud
        1981 $1,000 Seven Card Stud Hi-Lo
        1988 $1,500 Ace to Five Draw
           
5. Phil Ivey No Home Jerome 8 2000 $2,500 Pot Limit Omaha
        2002 $2,500 7 Card Stud Hi/Lo
        2002 $2,000 S.H.O.E.
        2002 $1,500 7 Card Stud
        2005 $5,000 Pot Limit Omaha
        2009 $2,500 No-Limit 2-7 Draw Lowball
        2009 $2,500 Omaha Hi/Lo / 7 Card Stud Hi/Lo
        2010 $3,000 H.O.R.S.E.
           
5. Erik Seidel Sly 8 1992 $2,500 Limit Hold’em
        1993 $2,500 Omaha 8 or better
        1994 $5,000 Limit Hold’em
        1998 $5,000 Deuce to Seven Draw
        2001 $3,000 No Limit Hold’em
        2003 $1,500 Pot Limit Omaha
        2005 $2,000 No Limit Hold’em
        2007 $5,000 World Championship No-Limit Deuce to Seven Draw Lowball w/rebuys
           
7. Billy Baxter 7 1975 $1,000 Deuce to Seven Draw
        1978 $10,000 Deuce to Seven Draw
        1982 $10,000 Deuce to Seven Draw
        1982 $2,500 Ace to Five Draw
        1987 $5,000 Deuce to Seven Draw
        1993 $5,000 Deuce to Seven Draw
        2002 $1,500 Razz
           
7. Men Nguyen The Master 7 1992 $1,500 Seven-card stud
        1995 $2,500 Seven-card stud hi-lo
        1995 $2,500 Limit Texas hold ‘em
        1996 $2,500 Omaha hi-lo
        2003 $5,000 Seven-card stud
        2003 $1,500 Ace to Five Triple Draw Lowball
        2010 $10,000 Seven-card stud
           
9. T.J. Cloutier T.J. 6 1987 $1,000 Limit Omaha Hi
        1994 $1,500 Limit Omaha 8 or Better
        1994 $2,500 Pot Limit Hold’em
        1998 $2,500 Pot Limit Omaha Hi
        2004 $1,500 Seven Card Razz
        2005 $5,000 No Limit Hold’em
           
9. Layne Flack Back to Back 6 1999 $3,000 Pot Limit Hold-Em
        2002 $2,000 No Limit Hold-Em
        2002 $1,500 No Limit Hold-Em
        2003 $2,500 Omaha Hi-Lo Split
        2003 $1,500 Limit Hold-Em Shootout
        2008 $1,500 Pot Limit Omaha w/Rebuys
           
9. Jay Heimowitz 6 1975 $5,000 No Limit Hold’em
        1986 $1,500 Limit Hold’em
        1991 $5,000 Pot Limit Omaha
        1994 $1,500 Pot Limit Hold’em
        2000 $5,000 Limit Hold’em
        2001 $1,000 The Seniors’ Championship
           
12. Gary Berland Bones 5 1977 $500 Seven-Card Razz
        1978 $1,000 Seven-Card Razz
        1978 $500 Seven-Card Stud
        1979 $500 Seven-Card Stud
        1979 $1,000 Seven-Card Stud Hi/Lo
           
12. Allen Cunningham Clever Piggy 5 2001 $5,000 Seven-card stud
        2002 $5,000 Deuce to Seven Draw
        2005 $1,500 No Limit Hold ‘em
        2006 $1,000 No Limit Hold’em/w Rebuys
        2007 $5,000 Pot Limit Hold’em
           
12. Chris Ferguson Jesus 5 2000 $2,500 Seven Card Stud
        2000 $10,000 No Limit Texas Hold ‘em Main Event
        2001 $1,500 Omaha Hi-Lo Split Eight or Better
        2003 $2,000 Omaha Hi-Lo Split Eight or Better
        2003 $2,000 1/2 Limit Hold’em – 1/2 Seven Card Stud
           
12. Ted Forrest Professor Backwards 5 1993 $1,500 Seven Card Razz
        1993 $1,500 Omaha 8 or better
        1993 $5,000 Seven Card Stud
        2004 $1,500 Seven Card Stud
        2004 $1,500 No Limit Hold’em
           
12. Berry Johnston Numbers 5 1983 $2,500 Match Play
        1986 $10,000 No Limit Hold’em Main Event
        1990 $2,500 Limit Hold’em
        1995 $1,500 Limit Omaha
        2001 $1,500 Razz
           
12. John Juanda Luckbox 5 2002 $1,500 Triple Draw Lowball Ace to Five
        2003 $2,500 Seven Card Stud Hi-Lo Split
        2003 $2,500 Pot Limit Omaha
        2008E £10,000 No Limit Hold’em Main Event
        2011 $10,000 2-7 Draw Lowball Championship
           
12. Jeff Lisandro Iceman 5 2007 $2,000 Seven-Card Stud
        2009 $1,500 Seven-Card Stud
        2009 $10,000 World Championship Seven-Card Stud H/L-8
        2009 $2,500 Razz
        2010E £5,250 Pot-Limit Omaha
           
12. Scotty Nguyen The Prince of Poker 5 1997 $2,000 Omaha 8 or Better
        1998 $10,000 No Limit Hold’em Main Event
        2001 $2,500 Pot Limit Omaha
        2001 $5,000 Omaha Hi-Lo Split Eight or Better
        2008 $50,000 H.O.R.S.E. World Championship
           
12. Stu Ungar The Kid 5 1980 $10,000 No Limit Hold’em Main Event
        1981 $10,000 Deuce to Seven Draw
        1981 $10,000 No Limit Hold’em Main Event
        1983 $5,000 Seven Card Stud
        1997 $10,000 No Limit Hold’em Main Event

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Alex Rodriguez Embroiled in Poker Controversy: Members of the Poker Hall of Fame

Doyle Brunson

Doyle Brunson (Getty)

Alex Rodriguez is being investigated by Major League Baseball for his involvement in high-stakes poker games.  We’re talking hundreds of thousands of dollars stakes.

Doyle Brunson would be proud.  Texas Dolly is of course a member of the Poker Hall of Fame.  He used to play poker when it was underground, when people brought guns to the games often held in basements and other shady locales.

Now poker is a mainstream “sport,” televised in national and international markets.  The World Series of Poker and World Poker Tour are glamorous (maybe) series where the best poker minds from around the world – and amateurs – compete for purses well in excess of a million bucks.

Here’s a list of the members of the World Series of Poker Poker Hall of Fame.  Barbara Enright is the sole female inductee, so far.

For more on each of these poker players, click here.

1. Felton “Corky” McCorquodale
2. “Wild Bill” Hickok
3. Edmond Hoyle
4. Nick “The Greek” Dandolos
5. Sid Wyman
6. Red Winn
7. Johnny Moss
8. T. “Blondie” Forbes
9. Bill Boyd
10. Tom Abdo
11. Joe Bernstein
12. Murph Harrold
13. Red Hodges
14. Henry Green
15. Puggy Pearson
16. Doyle Brunson
17. Jack Strauss
18. Fred “Sarge” Ferris
19. Benny Binion
20. David “Chip” Reese
21. “Amarillo Slim” Preston
22. Jack Keller
23. Julius Oral “Little Man” Popwell
24. Roger Moore
25. Stu Ungar
26. Johnny Chan
27. Lyle Berman
28. Bobby Baldwin
29. Berry Johnston
30. Crandell Addington
31. Jack Binion
32. T.J. Cloutier
33. Billy Baxter
34. Phil “Poker Brat” Hellmuth
35. Barbara Enright
36. Duane “Dewey” Tomko
37. Henry Orenstein
38. Mike Sexton
39. Erik Seidel
40. Dan Harrington
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