WSOP Stats: The Biggest Winners, The Best Country, The Most WSOP Bracelets
25 April 2019
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The World Series of Poker is about to celebrate its 50th anniversary in style on May 28 to July 16 with its biggest schedule to date. The festival will award 89 bracelets with organizers estimating at least $200 million to be awarded in prizes.

All Time by WSOP Bracelets

Whether you love or hate the “Poker Brat,” Phil Hellmuth is the name everyone thinks of when it comes to WSOP success by winning 15 WSOP gold bracelets.

Hellmuth has accumulated bracelets in each of the last four decades dating back to his first bracelet when he burst onto the poker scene with a win in the 1989 WSOP $10,000 Main Event for $755,000. Hellmuth is still at it adding his 15th bracelet last year after winning Event #71: $5,000 No-Limit Hold’em (30-minute levels) for $485,082.

While Hellmuth is still on a quest to add to his record total of bracelets, the same can’t be said for the three players closely on his tail with 10 bracelets each; Doyle Brunson, Phil Ivey, and Johnny Chan. The 85-year-old Brunson announced his retirement last summer after decades of poker success while Ivey and Chan have appeared at the WSOP during the last few years but had limited success.

Others further down on the list, including Erik Seidel (eight bracelets), Daniel Negreanu (six bracelets), and Chris Ferguson (six bracelets), are still in the hunt for more WSOP gold. However, it appears Hellmuth’s massive bracelet lead is safe for the considerable future even with the WSOP adding more events to its schedule every year.

Canada’s Negreanu is also one of two players not from the United States in the top 20 in WSOP bracelets. The other player is Australia’s Jeff Lisandro who matches “Kid Poker” with six bracelets.

Rank Player Country Bracelets
1 Phil Hellmuth United States 15
2 Phil Ivey United States 10
Johnny Chan United States 10
Doyle Brunson United States 10
5 Johnny Moss United States 9
6 Erik Seidel United States 8
7 Men Nguyen United States 7
Billy Baxter United States 7
9 Layne Flack United States 6
Ted Forrest United States 6
Jeff Lisandro Australia 6
TJ Cloutier United States 6
Chris Ferguson United States 6
Daniel Negreanu Canada 6
Jay Heimowitz United States 6
16 Scotty Nguyen United States 5
John Juanda United States 5
John Hennigan United States 5
Allen Cunningham United States 5
Daniel Alaei United States 5

All Time by WSOP Cashes

The most cashes at in WSOP events is slightly more international than the players that won the most bracelets. Negreanu with 108 cashes and Mike Leah with 77 cashes made the cut of the top 20 of all-time. Other players listed as from outside the United States on the WSOP website include Sweden’s Chris Bjorin with 92 cashes, Costa Rica’s Humberto Brenes with 90 cashes, China’s Yueqi “Rich” Zhu with 78 cashes, Italy’s Max Pescatori with 73 cashes, and Australia’s Lisandro with 71 cashes. At least two other players were also not born in the United States although listed there at WSOP including Roland Isrealashvili with 96 cashes born in Georgia and Men Nguyen with 95 cashes born in Vietnam.

It should come as little surprise that Hellmuth not only has the lead with 15 bracelets but also has the most WSOP cashes in history with 135. His lead in this category isn’t as monstrous with Ferguson right on his tail with 120 cashes.

Rank Player Country Number of Cashes
1 Phil Hellmuth United States 135
2 Chris Ferguson United States 120
3 Daniel Negreanu Canada 108
4 Erik Seidel United States 107
5 Barry Greenstein United States 102
6 Roland Israelashvili United States 96
7 Men Nguyen United States 95
8 Chris Bjorin Sweden 92
9 Humberto Brenes Costa Rica 90
10 Tony Cousineau United States 84
11 Dan Heimiller United States 78
12 Yueqi Zhu China 78
13 Mike Leah Canada 77
14 Tom McCormick United States 76
15 John Racener United States 74
16 David Chiu United States 73
Max Pescatori Italy 73
18 David “ODB” Baker United States 72
19 Jeff Lisandro Australia 71
Jason Mercier United States 71

All Time by WSOP Earnings

While on the face of things, it might be surprising that Hellmuth is ranked in fifth place in WSOP earnings with $14.5 million with the most bracelets and the most cashes, it isn’t that shocking when looking at who’s in front of him.

The prizes were much smaller when Hellmuth won the WSOP Main Event in 1989 when he banked $755,000. It was a bit bigger when he won the WSOP Europe Main Event in 2012 for €1,022,376, but both of these big cashes pale in comparison to what WSOP Main Event champs in Vegas and special events like the $1,000,000 Big One for One Drop bring to the winners in recent years.

Instead of Hellmuth, it’s Antonio Esfandiari on the top of the pack in earnings at WSOP events with $21.8 million. Most of this came when he won the $1,000,000 Big One for One Drop in 2012 for $18.3 million.

More than $4.4 million behind Esfandiari is Dan Colman in second place with $17.4 million in earnings with $15.3 million of that coming in the $1,000,000 Big One for One Drop in 2014 for $15.3 million.

Negreanu resides in third place with $16.3 million, and even though he has more WSOP cashes than the two players ahead of him, half his winnings come from finishing in second place to Colman in the 2014 Big One for One Drop for $8.3 million.

Jonathan Duhamel in fourth place for $14.6 million in cashes also had some help from a nosebleed buy-in event by winning the $111,111 High Roller for One Drop for nearly $4 million but this was less than half of what he won when he triumphed in the 2010 WSOP Main Event for $8.9 million.

Rank Player Country Earnings
1 Antonio Esfandiari United States $21,835,100
2 Dan Colman United States $17,413,780
3 Daniel Negreanu Canada $16,330,500
4 Jonathan Duhamel Canada $14,644,200
5 Phil Hellmuth United States $14,542,090
6 Justin Bonomo United States $13,825,920
7 Joe Cada United States $13,102,940
8 Elton Tsang Canada $12,384,970
9 Jamie Gold United States $12,194,650
10 Martin Jacobson Sweden $12,134,820
11 Fedor Holz Germany $11,915,810
12 Sam Trickett United Kingdom $11,287,100
13 Joe McKeehen United States $10,489,970
14 Greg Merson United States $10,162,510
15 Dan Smith United States $9,730,497
16 John Cynn United States $9,513,071
17 Ryan Riess United States $9,482,329
18 Peter Eastgate Denmark $9,430,506
19 Rick Salomon United States $8,991,114
20 Pius Heinz Germany $8,821,326

WSOP Earnings by Country

The fact that the United States leads this list isn’t all that shocking with the majority of the events taking place in Las Vegas over its five-decade history along with the country’s sizeable population of more than 300 million people. However, the gap between the United States with $2.6 billion and Canada with $193 million is massive. Players from the United States have logged more earnings than players from every other country combined.

Not too far behind Canada is the United Kingdom with $147 million. Going further down the list is Germany with $94 million, France with $75 million, and Russia with $57 million.

Rank Country Earnings
1 United States $2,588,485,000
2 Canada $192,839,200
3 United Kingdom $146,975,200
4 Germany $93,653,550
5 France $75,086,350
6 Russia $57,473,200
7 Australia $43,818,700
8 Sweden $37,107,340
9 Brazil $31,078,440
10 Italy $29,874,030
11 Austria $28,531,320
12 Netherlands $20,777,660
13 Czech Republic $20,481,250
14 Denmark $20,372,820
15 Ireland $19,414,130
16 Spain $18,296,790
17 Norway $15,885,300
18 Belgium $14,763,450
19 Israel $13,593,780
20 Ukraine $11,557,090

All Time by WSOP Circuit Rings

WSOP Circuit rings can be won all year long with many events held around the world. Maurice Hawkins recently tied Valentin Vornicu with 12 WSOP Circuit rings with a victory in April 2019 in the Harrah’s Cherokee Event #4: $600 No-Limit Hold’em for $44,297.

Hawkins leads the way in total WSOP Circuit earnings with $1,668,698, nearly triple that of the $675,226 Vornicu made, or the $671,903 that Josh Reichard earned on the way to their 11 gold rings.

Despite not making this list with three WSOP gold rings, Ferguson has been a force on the WSOP Circuit over the years and is just behind Hawkins in earnings with $1,359,143. Behind this duo is Kyle Cartwright with $1,199,229 in earnings catapulted by eight gold ring victories.

Rank Player Country Rings Cashes Earnings
1 Maurice Hawkins United States 12 87 $1,668,698
Valentin Vornicu United States 12 82 $675,226
3 Joshua Reichard United States 11 79 $671,903
4 Martin Ryan Trinidad and Tobago 9 44 $470,167
Ari Engel United States 9 77 $737,019
Robert Hankins United States 9 87 $827,627
Alexandru Masek United States 9 55 $643,506
8 Kyle Cartwright United States 8 49 $1,199,229
Chris Reslock United States 8 33 $688,707
10 Sean Yu United States 7 35 $919,713