Records

Since its inception, Stu Ungar and Johnny Moss are the only players to have won the Main Event three times. However, Moss' first victory came in a different format, as he was elected winner by vote of his fellow players at the conclusion of what was then a timed event. Moss (if the first time win by vote is counted), Ungar, Doyle Brunson, and Johnny Chan are the only people who have won the Main Event in consecutive years. Johnny Chan's second victory in 1988 was featured in the 1998 film Rounders. Phil Hellmuth holds multiple WSOP records including most bracelets, most WSOP cashes, and most WSOP final tables. He is also the only player to have won the Main Events of both the WSOP and WSOP Europe. [15][16] In recent years, the prize pool for the WSOP Main Event has become so large that the winner instantly becomes one of the top money winners of WSOP and even in tournament poker history. Before July 2012, the top seven players on the all-time WSOP Earnings list were Main Event champions from 2005 to 2011, among whom Jamie Gold topped those seven, he won the 2006 Main Event, which had then the biggest first prize for a single tournament, and still is the largest poker tournament by prize pool in history. However, the all-time leader is currently Antonio Esfandiari, who has not won a Main Event. He collected a record-breaking first prize of $18.3 million in July 2012 when he won The Big One for One Drop, a charitable WSOP event with a $1 million buy-in. The list below includes WSOP Europe but excludes WSOP Circuit events and other non-bracelet events. The results are updated as of Octobe 4, 2012. Overall:[17][18] Most bracelets: Phil Hellmuth (13) Most earnings: Antonio Esfandiari ($19,385,048) Most cashes: Phil Hellmuth (95) Most final tables: Phil Hellmuth (49) Youngest bracelet winner: Annette Obrestad (2007 WSOPE Main Event; 18 years, 364 days) Oldest bracelet winner: Paul McKinney (2005 $1,000 Seniors' No Limit Hold'em; age 80) Most bracelets in one year: Puggy Pearson (1973), Ted Forrest (1993), Phil Hellmuth (1993), Phil Ivey (2002), Jeff Lisandro (2009) (3 bracelets) Most final tables in one year: An Tran (6 final tables, 1992) Most cashes in one year: Konstantin Puchkov (2012) (11 cashes) Most consecutive years with at least one bracelet: Bill Boyd (1971 - 1974), Doyle Brunson (1976 - 1979) (4) Most consecutive years with at least one cash: Berry Johnston (29, 1982 - 2010) Oldest WSOP event participant: Jack Ury (2010; age 97) WSOP Main Events:[18] Most Main Event wins: Johnny Moss (1970 (by vote), 1971, 1974), Stu Ungar (1980, 1981, 1997) (3) Most Main Event wins in consecutive years: Johnny Moss (1970 (by vote) - 1971), Doyle Brunson (1976 - 1977), Stu Ungar (1980 - 1981), Johnny Chan (1987 - 1988) (2) Most Main Event earnings: Jamie Gold ($12,000,000) Most Main Event cashes: Berry Johnston (10) Most Main Event final tables: Doyle Brunson, Jesse Alto (5) Youngest Main Event Champion: Joe Cada (2009; 21 years, 357 days) Oldest Main Event Champion: Johnny Moss (1974; 66 years, 358 days) Most Main Events played: Doyle Brunson (1971 - 1998, 2002 - 2011), Howard Andrew (1974 - 2011) (38) Oldest Main Event participant: Jack Ury (2010; age 97)