25+ Wild WSOP Bracelet Facts Even I Was Surprised By


The WSOP bracelet is known as the most coveted piece of poker jewelry. It is awarded to all WSOP event winners, regardless of a buy-in or number of participants. The tradition of awarding bracelets has started in 1976 and legendary Doyle Brunson was one of the first few people to ever receive a WSOP bracelet.

Over the years, the bracelet design remained relatively unchanged and true to its origins, despite different companies being in charge of making bracelets during different periods.

In 2006, however, the WSOP Main Event bracelet was adorned with a total of 259 stones, including 1.4 grams (7.2 carats) of diamonds. Since that year, bracelets for different events have been adorned with different number of gems set in a golden frame.

Propably the most expensive WSOP bracelet ever was the one given to the Big One for One Drop winners in 2012 and 2014, made out of platinum and withe gold and adorned with diamonds and saphires.

WSOP Bracelet FAQs

How do players win a WSOP bracelet?

Players can win a WSOP bracelet by coming first in any of the official WSOP events.

Since 1976, every player who wins any of the so-called preliminary events (prelims) or the Main Event receives a bracelet together with the cash prize. The shape, size, and appearance of a bracelet may vary depending on the event it is being awarded for.

Which events award WSOP bracelets?

All WSOP events award bracelets, not just the Main Event. There are sometimes special events introduced in the schedule that do not award bracelets and these are usually either restricted (invitational) or charity tournaments.

For example, in the period 2004 – 2006, WSOP held the Tournament of Champions which was restricted only to players who met certain criteria. The winners did not receive a WSOP bracelet but a large trophy, instead.

Likewise, the popular “Ante Up For Africa” event, which took place during several WSOPs, was a charity tournament designed to gather money for the good cause and winners did not receive a WSOP bracelet.

The trophy awarded to the Tournament of Champions winner instead of a WSOP bracelet

The trophy awarded to the Tournament of Champions winner instead of a WSOP bracelet (source: pokernews.com)

What is the history of the WSOP bracelet?

The idea of the WSOP bracelet was first introduced in 1976. Ever since that year, winners of all official WSOP events have been awarded bracelets for their efforts. For the first few couple of decades since 1980s, bracelets were designed by the Las Vegas jeweler Mordechai Yerushalmi.

After Harrah’s (Caesar’s) acquired the World Series in 2004, they transferred the bracelet-making duty to a company called Gold and Diamond International.

The next year, in 2006, the honor of making WSOP bracelets belonged to Frederick Goldman, Inc and they started to introduce precious stones in the bracelet design.

In 2007, the luxury watch maker Corum became the official WSOP bracelet manufacturer.

The Australian company On Tilt Designes took over from Corum in 2010 and they decided that the WSOP bracelet should return to its origins and removed all the extra adornments added over the years, making it once again a solid piece of metal without any “extras.”

Finally, in 2012, Jason Arasheben became in charge of the WSOP bracelet design and he introduced the style with all four suits (clubs, diamonds, hearts, and spades) made of rubies and black diamonds for the Main Event bracelet. The bracelet is made of 14k gold and weighs approximately 160 g.

Who has won the most WSOP Bracelets?

Going into the WSOP 2017 the man firmly sitting on top in terms of most bracelets won is Phil Hellmuth. The ‘Poker Brat’ has a total of 14 WSOP bracelets to his name, the first one coming as early as 1989 for his Main Event victory, and the most recent one being one just last year in the $10,000 Razz Championship.

Interestingly enough, this was also Hellmuth’s first non-Hold’em bracelet.

Hellmuth is far ahead of the competition, as closest players to him have “only” ten bracelets to their names. There are three players in this group: Doyle Brunson, Johnny Chan, and Phil Ivey.

Of these three, Phil Ivey currently represents the biggest threat to overtake Hellmuth’s spot at the top. The Godfather of Poker has practically withdrawn himself from tournament poker and The Orient Express doesn’t play nearly as many as he used to, either.

Ivey is not only in his prime but he is also widely considered one of the best all around players, so if he really sets his mind to it, Hellmuth’s reign could be challenged.

Who is the youngest player to win a WSOP Main Event bracelet?

Joe Cada

As of 2016, the youngest player ever to win a WSOP Main Event is Joe Cada. An American poker player, Cada was just 21 when he claimed the victory in 2009 and considering 21 is the age limit for gambling in the States, taking down this achievement will be a real challenge.

Interestingly enough, he won the bracelet just days before his 22nd birthday, which means there is still some room left for some young and talented up-and-comer.

With her 2007 WSOPE victory, Annette Obrestad has become both the youngest Main Event winner and the youngest-ever WSOP bracelet winner to date (source: poker.co.uk)

With her 2007 WSOPE victory, Annette Obrestad has become both the youngest Main Event winner and the youngest-ever WSOP bracelet winner to date (source: poker.co.uk)

Peter Eastgate

The American actually broke the record set just a year before, when the Dane Peter Eastgate become the youngest Main Event champion in history at the age of 22.

This title was long held by Phil Hellmuth, who was only 24 when he won in 1989.

However, the advent of online poker and the average age of a poker player decreasing significantly meant that it was only a matter of time before some other youngster would claim the honors.

Annette Obrestad wins at 18 at the WSOPE

It is also worth mentioning Annette Obrestad here. Annette was only 18 (a day before her 19th birthday) when she claimed the first place in the World Series of Europe Main Event (WSOPE) in 2007.

In addition to her young age, Annette’s victory is also important because to this date she is the only female player to have won the WSOPE or WSOP Main Event.

What is a WSOP bracelet made of?

For the most part, all WSOP bracelets are made of yellow and withe gold. Some of them are also adorned with diamonds or other precious stones, especially the Main Event bracelets.

The WSOP bracelets awarded to 2012 and 2014 The Big One for One Drop winners were exceptionally made of platinum and white gold.

What is a WSOP bracelet worth?

Attaching a monetary value to WSOP bracelet is somewhat tricky. When they first became popular during early 1980s they were priced at around $500 a piece. Later on, the number that’s been mentioned was $5,000.

In connection to this, there is an interesting anecdote involving Ted Forrest and 1992 Main Event winner Hamid Datshmalchi.

Datschmalchi claimed he was told his Main Event bracelet was worth $5,000, but he didn’t believe that number and would happily give it away for $1,500. Without a second thought, Forest threw three $500 chips in his direction, exclaiming “sold.”

If we consider materials used in making the WSOP bracelet alone the figure is probably somewhere in the few thousand dollar region. However, bracelets, especially the Main Event bracelets, can be worth much more to true poker fans, just like any other sport memorabilia can reach insane prizes at public auctions.

While it may be hard to attach an exact monetary value to a WSOP bracelet, Ted Forrest managed to buy one for $1,500

While it may be hard to attach an exact monetary value to a WSOP bracelet, Ted Forrest managed to buy one for $1,500 (source: pokertelegraph.com)

Peter Eastgate’s WSOP Championship bracelet auction

One such case happened in 2010 when the 2008 WSOP champion Peter Eastgate decided to retire from poker and put his WSOP bracelet up for sale. Eastgate made it clear that all the proceeds from the sale would go to charity and the winning bid climbed to astonishing $150,000.

The buyer, one William Haughey, later told PokerNews that he was willing to go that high because the money was going to charity and that he otherwise wouldn’t have paid more than $50,000.

Can you buy a WSOP bracelet?

Apart from the few rare cases like the ones mentioned above, a regular person can hardly get in a position to buy a WSOP bracelet. For most people, these bracelets have a much bigger personal value than the kind of money they could get for selling them.

Every WSOP bracelet is a piece of history and a sign of great personal achievement, even if it was helped by a great deal of luck.

Although bracelets are not up for sale that often, 2006 Main Event winner's WSOP bracelet found its way to an online auction in 2013

Although bracelets are not up for sale that often, 2006 Main Event winner Jamie Gold’s WSOP bracelet found its way to an online auction in 2013.

Jamie Gold’s 2006 Championship WSOP bracelet

However, this is not always the case. Just like Datshmalchi, the 2006 WSOP Main Event winner Jamie Gold decided that he would rather have cash than a piece of history and put his bracelet up for an auction in 2013.

It sold after a few days, with the bidding closing at $65,725.

It was later revealed that an individual other than Gold actually set up the auction, indicating that Jamie has already sold the bracelet to someone else at an earlier date.

T.J. Cloutier’s 2005 bracelet

Previous to this, there was another WSOP bracelet up for grabs. In 2010, the 2005 $5,000 No-Limit Hold’em bracelet, originally owned by T. J. Cloutier, was offered on an online auction.

The details of this sale have never been full revealed, but in the end Cake Poker Network won with the bid of around $4,000 and promised to return the bracelet to its original owner.

Every WSOP bracelet winner

Bracelet winners from 1990-1999

The 1990s saw first place prize money reach $1,000,000 for the World Series of Poker Main Event winner as poker’s biggest event grew ever so slightly in popularity and entrants. New side events of different poker variations were also added onto the WSOP bill in the 1990s.

Standout winners include Dan Harrington’s domination of the 1995 WSOP, Scotty Nguyen’s memorable line in 1998 (“You call and it’s gonna be all over, baby”), and Stu Ungar’s unlikely return to tournament poker.

1999 WSOP bracelet winners

Event Winner Prize Money
Main Event J.J. “Noel” Furlong $1,000,000
No-Limit Hold’em Josh Arieh $202,000
Omaha 8/b Steve Badger $186,000
Limit Hold’em Eli Balas $220,000
Limit Hold’em Charlie Brahmi $338,000
Seven-Card Razz Paul “Eskimo” Clark $84,000
Limit Hold’em John Esposito $219,000
Pot-Limit Hold’em Layne Flack $224,000
Limit Omaha Tom Franklin $104,000
Seven-Card Stud David Grey $199,000
No-Limit Hold’em Eric Holum $283,000
Pot-Limit Omaha Hassan Komoei $173,000
Seven-Card Stud Hi-Lo Ron Long $170,000
No-Limit Hold’em Mike Matusow $265,000
Women’s Seven-Card Stud Christina Pie $34,000
Omaha 8/b Mike Wattel $134,000

1998 WSOP Winners

Event Winner Prize Money
Main Event Scotty Nguyen $1,000,000
Limit Hold’em Farzad Bonyadi $429,000
Limit Hold’em Patrick Bruel $224,000
Seven-Card Razz Doyle Brunson $109,000
No-Limit Hold’em Ken Buntjer $268,000
Seven-Card Stud Jan Chen $208,000
Limit Hold’em David Chiu $205,000
Pot-Limit Omaha T.J. Cloutier $136,000
Seven-Card Stud Artie Cobb $152,000
Women’s Seven-Card Stud Mandy Commanda $40,000
Seven-Card Stud Hi-Lo Bill Gempel $120,000
Omaha 8/b Chau Giang $150,000
Seven-Card Stud Hi-Lo Tommy Hufnagle $139,000
Seven-Card Stud Kirk Morrison $148,000
Pot-Limit Hold’em Daniel Negreanu $169,000
Pot-Limit Omaha Don O’Dea $154,000
No-Limit Hold’em Jeffrey Ross $259,000
Omaha 8/b Paul Rowe $133,000
Pot-Limit Hold’em Steve Rydel $206,000
Deuce-to-Seven Lowball Erik Seidel $132,000
Limit Omaha Michael Shadkin $109,000

1997 WSOP Winners

Event Winner Prize Money
Main Event Stu Ungar $1,000,000
Limit Hold’em Louis Asmo $231,000
Pot-Limit Omaha Chris Bjorin $169,000
No-Limit Hold’em “Miami” John Cernuto $259,000
Deuce-to-Seven Lowball Johnny Chan $164,000
Limit Omaha Claude Cohen $110,000
Pot-Limit Omaha Phil Hellmuth $204,000
Women’s Seven-Card Stud Susie Issacs $38,000
Seven-Card Razz Linda Johnson $96,000
Seven-Card Stud Mel Judah $176,000
Seven-Card Stud Vasilis Lazarou $169,000
Omaha 8/b Scotty Nguyen $156,000
Pot-Limit Omaha Mattias Rohnacher $183,000
Seven-Card Stud Hi-Lo Doug Saab $130,000
Limit Hold’em Kevin Song $397,000
No-Limit Hold’em Max Stern $237,000
Seven-Card Stud Maria Stern $140,000
Seven-Card Stud Hi-Lo Max Stern $117,000
Pot-Limit Hold’em David “Devil Fish” Ulliott $180,000
Limit Hold’em Robert Veltri $224,000

1996 WSOP Winners

Event Winner Prize Money
Main Event Huck Seed $1,000,000
Seven-Card Stud Gary Benson $148,000
Seven-Card Stud Hi-Lo “Miami” John Cernuto $147,000
Limit Hold’em David Chiu $396,000
Deuce-to-Seven Lowball Freddie Deeb $146,000
Pot-Limit Hold’em Barbara Enright $180,000
Pot-Limit Omaha Sam Farha $145,000
Chinese Poker Jim Feldhouse $50,000
Chinese Poker Gregory Grivas $37,000
Omaha 8/b Adeeb Harb $155,000
Seven-Card Razz Randy Holland $87,000
Pot-Limit Omaha Jim Huntley $168,000
Women’s Seven-Card Stud Susie Issacs $42,000
Limit Hold’em Donny Kerr $200,000
Pot-Limit Hold’em Al Krux $156,000
Ace-to-Five Lowball Hans Lund $71,000
Limit Hold’em Hieu Ma $236,000
No-Limit Hold’em John Morgan $227,000
Omaha 8/b Men Nguyen $110,000
Seven-Card Stud Henry Orenstein $130,000
Limit Omaha Dody Roach $102,000
Seven-Card Stud Marty Sigel $144,000
Seven-Card Stud Hi-Lo Frank Thompson $94,000
No-Limit Hold’em Mel Weiner $250,000

1995 WSOP Winners

Event Winner Prize Money
Main Event Dan Harrington $1,000,000
Deuce-to-Seven Lowball John Bonetti $101,000
Women’s Seven-Card Stud Starla Brodie $35,000
Seven-Card Stud Anthony Deangelo $154,000
Pot-Limit Omaha Phillip Earle $143,000
Seven-Card Stud Walter Farina $144,000
No-Limit Hold’em Dan Harrington $249,000
Limit Hold’em Berry Johnston $91,000
No-Limit Hold’em Richard Klamian $205,000
Limit Hold’em Men Nguyen $186,000
Seven-Card Stud Hi-Lo Men Nguyen $96,000
Seven-Card Stud Hi-Lo Rod Peate $127,000
Seven-Card Stud Dan Robison $140,000
Ace-to-Five Lowball Clifford Roof $81,000
Omaha 8/b Marlon Santos $119,000
Pot-Limit Hold’em Hilbert Shirley $163,000
Pot-Limit Omaha Hilbert Shirley $137,000
Seven-Card Razz Mickey Sisskind $82,000
Omaha 8/b Max Stern $140,000
Chinese Poker John Tsagaris $41,000
Limit Hold’em Christian Vanhees $315,000
Pot-Limit Hold’em Peter Vilandos $148,000
Chinese Poker Steve Zolotow $112,000

1994 WSOP Winners

Event Winner Prize Money
Main Event Russ Hamilton $1,000,000
Deuce-to-Seven Lowball Lyle Berman $128,000
Seven-Card Stud Hi-Lo Vince Burgio $127,000
Limit Omaha Brent Carter $83,000
Seven-Card Stud Johnny Chan $135,000
Ace-to-Five Lowball J.J. Chun $93,000
Pot-Limit Hold’em T.J. Cloutier $163,000
Omaha 8/b T.J. Cloutier $135,000
Women’s Seven-Card Stud Barbara Enright $38,000
Seven-Card Razz Mike Hart $88,000
No-Limit Hold’em John Heaney $220,000
Pot-Limit Hold’em Jay Heimowitz $148,000
Limit Hold’em Mike Laing $212,000
Pot-Limit Omaha O’Neil Longson $100,000
Seven-Card Stud Roger Moore $144,000
Seven-Card Stud Rod Pardey $132,000
Omaha 8/b J.C. Pearson $103,000
No-Limit Hold’em George Rodis $187,000
Pot-Limit Omaha Huck Seed $167,000
Limit Hold’em Erik Seidel $210,000
Limit Hold’em Steven Sim $289,000
Limit Hold’em Mickey Appleman $234,000

1993 WSOP Winners

Event Winner Prize Money
Main Event Jim Bechtel $1,000,000
Deuce-to-Seven Lowball Billy Baxter $130,000
Pot-Limit Hold’em John Bonetti $122,000
Pot-Limit Omaha Buddy Bonnecaze $83,000
Limit Hold’em Humberto Brenes $149,000
Pot-Limit Omaha Humberto Brenes $128,000
Pot-Limit Hold’em Hamid Dastmalchi $114,000
Seven-Card Stud Hi-Lo Gene Fisher $113,000
Omaha 8/b Ted Forrest $120,000
Seven-Card Razz Ted Forrest $77,000
Seven-Card Stud Ted Forrest $114,000
Ace-to-Five Lowball Chau Giang $82,000
Limit Hold’em Phil Hellmuth $138,000
No-Limit Hold’em Phil Hellmuth $161,000
No-Limit Hold’em Phil Hellmuth $173,000
Women’s Seven-Card Stud Phyllis Kassler $32,000
Limit Omaha Jack Keller $61,000
Limit Hold’em Hugo Mieth $220,000
Omaha 8/b Erik Seidel $94,000
Seven-Card Stud Marty Sigel $113,000
Seven-Card Stud Robert Turner $103,000

1992 WSOP Winners

Event Winner Prize Money
Main Event Hamid Dastmalchi $1,000,000
Limit Hold’em Bob Abell $226,000
Deuce-to-Seven Lowball Mickey Appleman $119,000
Omaha 8/b Eli Balas $122,000
No-Limit Hold’em Lyle Berman $192,000
Pot-Limit Hold’em Buddy Bonnecaze $115,000
Seven-Card Stud Eskimo Clark $122,000
Pot-Limit Omaha Hoyt Corkins $96,000
Ace-to-Five Lowball Dal Derovin $90,000
Pot-Limit Hold’em Ken Duggan $134,000
Women’s Seven-Card Stud Shari Flanzer $98,000
Seven-Card Razz Lamar Hampton $80,000
Limit Hold’em Phil Hellmuth $188,000
Limit Omaha Tom McEvoy $79,000
Seven-Card Stud Men Nguyen $120,000
Seven-Card Stud Ray Rumler $106,000
Limit Hold’em Erik Seidel $168,000
Seven-Card Stud Hi-Lo Rick Steiner $105,000
No-Limit Hold’em Lance Straughn $152,000
Pot-Limit Omaha Billy Thomas $81,000

1991 WSOP Winners

Event Winner Prize Money
Main Event Brad Daugherty $1,000,000
Omaha 8/b Joe Becker $119,000
No-Limit Hold’em Doyle Brunson $208,000
No-Limit Hold’em Brent Carter $156,000
Seven-Card Stud Thomas Chung $142,000
Seven-Card Stud Artie Cobb $148,000
Ace-to-Five Lowball Pat Flanagan $106,000
Seven-Card Stud Hi-Lo Mike Hart $106,000
Pot-Limit Omaha Jay Heimowitz $126,000
Limit Omaha Phil Heinrich $92,000
Limit Hold’em Max Lendel $256,000
Seven-Card Stud Rod Pardey $133,000
Deuce-to-Seven Lowball John Spadavecchia $58,000
Limit Hold’em Ron Stanley $203,000
Pot-Limit Omaha An Tran $87,000
Women’s Seven-Card Stud Donna Ward $28,000
Limit Hold’em Cowboy Wolford $210,000
Seven-Card Razz Charles Wright $92,000

1990 WSOP Winners

Event Winner Prize Money
Main Event Mansour Matloubi $895,000
No-Limit Hold’em Allen Baker $280,000
Deuce-to-Seven Lowball John Bonetti $83,000
Seven-Card Stud Hi-Lo Norman Boulus $108,000
Women’s Seven-Card Stud Marie Gabert $22,000
Limit Hold’em Mike Hart $252,000
Limit Hold’em Berry Johnston $254,000
Omaha 8/b Monte Kous $113,000
Seven-Card Stud Vasillis Lazarou $158,000
Pot-Limit Omaha Amarillo Slim Preston $142,000
Ace-to-Five Lowball Phil Reher $124,000
Seven-Card Razz Ray Rumler $111,000
Pot-Limit Omaha Shawqui Shunnarah $113,000
Limit Omaha Tony Stormzand $106,000
Seven-Card Stud Hugh Todd $168,000


Bracelet Winners from 1980-1989

The 1980s contained many memorable WSOP bracelet Championships including Stu Ungar’s domination of the poker world in the early part of the decade, Johnny Chan’s near three-time victory at the Main Event, the future poker author Tom McEvoy’s title, and Phil Hellmuth becoming the youngest player to win it all in ’89.

To close out the decade, prize money for the Main Event reached over $750,000.

1989 WSOP Winners 

Event Winner Prize Money
Main Event Phil Hellmuth $755,000
Limit Omaha Lyle Berman $108,000
Pot-Limit Omaha Blacky Blackburn $108,000
Limit Hold’em Thomas Chung $212,000
Pot-Limit Omaha Frank Henderson $184,000
Seven-Card Stud Don Holt $154,000
Seven-Card Stud Mel Judah $130,000
No-Limit Hold’em Norman Keyser $244,000
Seven-Card Razz John Laudon $95,000
Ace-to-Five Lowball Harry Madoff $119,000
Women’s Seven-Card Stud Alma McClelland $18,000
Seven-Card Stud Hi-Lo Mike Sexton $104,000
Limit Hold’em George Shaw $179,000
Deuce-to-Seven Lowball Bob Stupak $139,000

1988 WSOP Winners

Event Winner Prize Money
Main Event Johnny Chan $700,000
Limit Hold’em Val Carpenter $223,000
No-Limit Hold’em Russ Gibe $181,000
Pot-Limit Omaha Gilbert Gross $181,000
Seven-Card Stud Thor Hansen $158,000
Limit Omaha David Helms $91,000
Seven-Card Stud Hi-Lo Lance Hilt $123,000
Women’s Seven-Card Stud Loretta Huber $17,000
Seven-Card Stud Merrill Hunt $130,000
Deuce-to-Seven Lowball Seymour Leibowitz $157,000
Ace-to-Five Lowball Johnny Moss $116,000
Seven-Card Razz Don Williams $76,000

1987 WSOP Winners

Event Winner Prize Money
Main Event Johnny Chan $625,000
Ace-to-Five Lowball Robert Addison $96,000
Deuce-to-Seven Lowball Billy Baxter $153,000
Limit Omaha T.J. Cloutier $72,000
Seven-Card Stud Artie Cobb $142,000
Seven-Card Stud Jim Craig $103,000
Pot-Limit Omaha Hal Kant $174,000
Limit Hold’em Ralph Morton $189,000
Seven-Card Stud Hi-Lo Joe Petro $93,000
Seven-Card Razz Carl Rouss $65,000
Women’s Seven-Card Stud Linda Ryke-Drucker $16,000
No-Limit Hold’em Hilbert Shirley $171,000

1986 WSOP Winners

Event Winner Prize Money
Main Event Berry Johnston $570,000
Limit Omaha Jim Allen $48,000
Pot-Limit Omaha David Baxter $127,000
No-Limit Hold’em Hamid Dastmalchi $165,000
Women’s Seven-Card Stud Barbara Enright $16,000
Deuce-to-Seven Lowball Ron Graham $142,000
Limit Hold’em Jay Heimowitz $175,000
Seven-Card Razz Tom McEvoy $52,000
Ace-to-Five Lowball J.B. Randall $69,000

1985 WSOP Winners

Event Winner Prize Money
Main Event Bill Smith $700,000
Ace-to-Five Lowball Dick Carson $50,000
Limit Hold’em Johnny Chan $171,000
Seven-Card Stud Hi-Lo Tom Fischer $73,000
Deuce-to-Seven Lowball Tom Fischer $95,000
No-Limit Hold’em Rick Hamil $152,000
Ace-to-Five Lowball Mark Mitchell $63,000
Women’s Seven-Card Stud Rose Pifer $18,000
Pot-Limit Omaha Amarillo Slim Preston $85,000
Pot-Limit Omaha Zoran Smijanic $105,000
Limit Omaha Tony Thang $55,000
Seven-Card Stud Harry Thomas $122,000
Seven-Card Stud Don Williams $85,000
Seven-Card Razz Ed Wyde $83,000

1984 WSOP Winners

Event Winner Prize Money
Main Event Jack Keller $660,000
No-Limit Hold’em Dick Albano $117,000
No-Limit Hold’em Todd Baur $133,000
Pot-Limit Omaha William Bennett $84,000
Seven-Card Stud Hi-Lo Norman Berliner $50,000
Ace-to-Five Lowball Paul Fontaine $54,000
Seven-Card Razz Mike Hart $40,000
Seven-Card Stud Jack Keller $137,000
Seven-Card Stud Hi-Lo John Lukas $74,000
Limit Hold’em Bob Martinez $135,000
Seven-Card Stud Mike Schnieberg $65,000
Deuce-to-Seven Lowball Dewey Tomko $105,000
Pot-Limit Omaha Dewey Tomko $135,000
Women’s Seven-Card Stud Karen Wolfson $15,000

1983 WSOP Winners

Event Winner Prize Money
Main Event Tom McEvoy $580,000
Ace-to-Five Lowball David Angel $46,000
No-Limit Hold’em David Baxter $145,000
Seven-Card Stud Hi-Lo Artie Cobb $52,000
Mixed Doubles Donna Doman $10,000
Mixed Doubles Jim Doman $10,000
Seven-Card Stud Kenny Flaton $62,000
Women’s Seven-Card Stud Carolyn Gardner $16,000
No-Limit Hold’em Buster Jackson $124,000
Match Play Berry Johnston $40,000
Seven-Card Razz John Lukas $43,000
Limit Hold’em Tom McEvoy $117,000
Limit Omaha David Sklansky $25,000
Ace-to-Five Lowball D. Todd $49,000
Seven-Card Stud Stu Ungar $110,000

1982 WSOP Winners

Event Winner Prize Money
Main Event Jack Strauss $520,000
Ace-to-Five Lowball Billy Baxter $48,000
Deuce-to-Seven Lowball Billy Baxter $95,000
Seven-Card Stud Hi-Lo Tom Cress $44,000
No-Limit Hold’em Jim Doman $96,000
Women’s Seven-Card Stud June Field $16,000
Seven-Card Razz Nick Helm $40,000
Mixed Doubles Dani Kelly $8,000
No-Limit Hold’em Ralph Morton $123,000
No-Limit Hold’em John Paquette $101,000
Seven-Card Stud Chip Reese $92,000
Ace-to-Five Lowball Vera Richmond $38,000
Five-Card Draw David Sklansky $15,000
Mixed Doubles David Sklansky $8,000
Seven-Card Stud Don Williams $56,000

1981 WSOP Winners

Event Winner Prize Money
Main Event Stu Ungar $375,000
Five-Card Draw Ed Barmach $18,000
Mixed Doubles Frank Cardone $7,000
No-Limit Hold’em Fred David $96,000
Seven-Card Stud Sid Gammerman $52,000
Women’s Seven-Card Stud Ruth Godfrey $17,000
Seven-Card Razz Bruce Hershenson $34,000
Mixed Doubles Juanda Matthews $7,000
Seven-Card Stud Hi-Lo Johnny Moss $33,000
Seven-Card Stud A.J. Myers $67,000
Ace-to-Five Lowball Mickey Perry $46,000
No-Limit Hold’em Dody Roach $81,000
Ace-to-Five Lowball Glen Rodgers $44,000
No-Limit Hold’em Ed Schwettman $90,000
Deuce-to-Seven Lowball Stu Ungar $95,000

1980 WSOP Winners

Event Winner Prize Money
Main Event Stu Ungar $385,000
Seven-Card Stud Hi-Lo Mickey Appleman $30,000
No-Limit Hold’em Robert Bone $69,000
Five-Card Draw Pat Callihan $15,000
Women’s Seven-Card Stud Debby Callihan $14,000
Deuce-to-Seven Lowball Sarge Ferris $150,000
Seven-Card Stud Pete Christ $90,000
Limit Hold’em Gene Fisher $113,000
Ace-to-Five Lowball Jim Fugatti $35,000
Mixed Doubles Lynn Harvey $7,000
Seven-Card Razz Lakewood Louie $33,000
Mixed Doubles A.J. Myers $7,000
Seven-Card Stud Bobby Schwing $52,000


Bracelet Winners from 1970-1979

The inaugural World Series of Poker was held in 1970 and was organized by a handful of legendary poker players and Jack Binion at the Horseshoe. Due in large part to Amarillo Slim’s victory in 1972 and subsequent extreme self-promotion the event gained the nation’s attention.

Unfortunately, it would be another 30 years until modern technology and enormous prize money truly displayed to the public how great the game of poker is. Other highlights include Doyle Brunson, arguably the best poker player ever, winning back-to-back events in ’76 and ’77.

1979 WSOP Winners 

Event Winner Prize Money
Main Event Hal Fowler $270,000
Deuce-to-Seven Lowball Bobby Baldwin $90,000
Seven-Card Stud Bones Berland $24,000
Seven-Card Stud Hi-Lo Bones Berland $20,000
Mixed Doubles Starla Brodie $4,000
Mixed Doubles Doyle Brunson $4,000
Women’s Seven-Card Stud Barbara Freer $12,000
No-Limit Hold’em Perry Green $76,000
Ace-to-Five Lowball Lakewood Louie $22,000
Five-Card Draw Lakewood Louie $22,000
Seven-Card Razz Sam Mastrogiannis $22,000
Seven-Card Stud Johnny Moss $48,000
No-Limit Hold’em Dewey Tomko $48,000

1978 WSOP Winners

Event Winner Prize Money
Main Event Bobby Baldwin $210,000
Deuce-to-Seven Lowball Billy Baxter $90,000
Seven-Card Razz Bones Berland $19,000
Seven-Card Stud Bones Berland $17,000
Seven-Card Stud Doyle Brunson $68,000
No-Limit Hold’em Aubrey Day $42,000
Women’s Seven-Card Stud Terry King $10,000
Five-Card Draw Lakewood Louie $21,000
No-Limit Hold’em Hans Lund $46,000
Seven-Card Stud Hi-Lo Chip Reese $19,000
Ace-to-Five Lowball Henry Young $19,000

1977 WSOP Winners

Event Winner Prize Money
Main Event Doyle Brunson $340,000
Ace-to-Five Lowball Billy Allen $10,000
Deuce-to-Seven Lowball Bobby Baldwin $80,000
Seven-Card Stud Bobby Baldwin $44,000
Seven-Card Razz Bones Berland $8,000
Seven-Card Stud Hi-Lo Doyle Brunson $62,000
Ace-to-Five Lowball Perry Green $10,000
No-Limit Hold’em George Huber $33,000
No-Limit Hold’em Louis Hunsucker $34,000
Women’s Seven-Card Stud Jackie McDaniels $5,000
Seven-Card Stud Hi-Lo Fats Morgan $10,000
Seven-Card Stud Jeff Sandow $11,000
Seven-Card Razz Richard Schwartz $25,000

1976 WSOP Winners

Event Winner Prize Money
Main Event Doyle Brunson $220,000
No-Limit Hold’em Howard Andrew $28,000
No-Limit Hold’em Howard Andrew $23,000
Deuce-to-Seven Lowball Doyle Brunson $80,000
Ace-to-Five Lowball Perry Green $68,000
Seven-Card Stud Hi-Lo Doc Green $12,000
Seven-Card Stud Johnny Moss $13,000
Seven-Card Stud Walter Smiley $35,000

1975 WSOP Winners

Event Winner Prize Money
Main Event Sailor Roberts $210,000
Seven-Card Razz Sam Angel $17,000
Deuce-to-Seven Lowball Billy Baxter $35,000
No-Limit Hold’em Jay Heimowitz $32,000
Seven-Card Stud Johnny Moss $44,000

1974 WSOP Winners

Event Winner Prize Money
Main Event Johnny Moss $160,000
Five-Card Stud Bill Boyd $40,000
Seven-Card Razz Jimmy Casella $25,000
Seven-Card Stud Jimmy Casella $41,000
No-Limit Hold’em Amarillo Slim Preston $11,000
Deuce-to-Seven Lowball Sailor Roberts $35,000

1973 WSOP Winners

Event Winner Prize Money
Main Event Puggy Pearson $130,000
Seven-Card Razz Sam Angel $32,000
Deuce-to-Seven Lowball Aubrey Day $16,000
No-Limit Hold’em Puggy Pearson $17,000
Seven-Card Stud Puggy Pearson $32,000
Deuce-to-Seven Lowball Jack Strauss $16,000

1972 WSOP Winners

Event Winner Prize Money
Main Event Amarillo Slim Preston $80,000
Five-Card Stud Bill Boyd $20,000

1971 WSOP Winners

Event Winner Prize Money
Main Event Johnny Moss $30,000

1970 WSOP Winners

Event Winner Prize Money
Main Event Johnny Moss N/A


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