*Ed. Note: This post was first published back in March, 2010. It was last updated in February, 2018.
- Phil Hellmuth – With 14 bracelets, the Poker Brat is king of tournaments. If you want to learn more about him and his amazing life and career in poker, we suggest that you check out our exclusive interview with Phil Hellmuth.
- Doyle Brunson – Not only is he the first to win the World Series of Poker main event twice, but he won them back to back, in 1976 and 1977. He is the owner of 10 bracelets, but has pretty much retired from tournament poker, with his last bracelet win coming in 2005.
- Johnny Chan – A.K.A. “The Orient Express” – Chan became the first player to win 10 World Series of Poker bracelets but, like Doyle Brunson, he’s also been “stuck” at 10 since 2005. He is also the only other person (aside from Brunson) to have won WSOP Main Event titles back to back.
- Phil Ivey – The great Phil Ivey has long been regarded by numerous poker observers and contemporaries as the best all-around player in the world today. He has won 10 bracelets, with his latest victory back in 2014. Notably, however, he has stepped away from tournament poker for the time being, opting to stick to cash game play. You can expect his bracelet count to increase, but only if he makes it a priority to head back to the tournament tables.
- Johnny Moss – Sometimes called the “Grand Old Man” because of his longevity and superior play, Moss was the first to claim a WSOP Main Event bracelet – and he did so via popular vote among his peers. He has a total of 9 bracelets, and passed away in 1995.
- Erik Seidel – He won his first WSOP bracelet in 1992 and won his 8th and most recent bracelet in 2007. Seidel continues to be a tremendous force in poker, with two-thirds of his $33+ million in career tournament winnings coming AFTER he was already inducted into the Poker Hall of Fame.
- Billy Baxter – Although Baxter is best known for his on-table poker accomplishments, it’s his landmark case of William E. Baxter Jr. vs. the United States that will forever cement his status as one of the most influential poker players of all-time. Why? Because that’s what allowed players to officially call poker a profession vis a vis the IRS; i.e., they could start itemizing deductions for losses and related costs. He has 7 bracelets.
- Men “The Master” Nguyen – Nguyen has experienced loads of success at the WSOP and is tied for fifth in all-time cashes. He’s notched 7 bracelet wins and thus has a spot on this list.
We’d love to round up this top 10 list with an additional two players, but that’s impossible as an incredible 7 players are tied with 6 bracelets apiece. These include: T.J. Cloutier, Layne Flack, Jay Heimowitz, Jeff Lisandro, Chris Ferguson, Ted Forrest, and Daniel Negreanu.
Of those players, Negreanu stands the best chance of being the first to win his seventh bracelet. Arguably, the person with the next-best shot at claiming a seventh bracelet would be 2017 WSOP Player of the Year (and former WSOP Main Event Champ) Chris Ferguson. Of course, Lisandro and Flack remain active on the poker scene and are always threats to claim a bracelet as well.