BY TOM SOMACH
It’s the poker world’s “poker brat” himself, Phil Hellmuth Jr.
Like Heinz with its 57 varieties, “Give-’Em-Hell” Hellmuth has moneyed in 57 different WSOP events in his colorful and controversial career.
Not bad for an obnoxious and universally-loathed lout who once declared on ESPN, “If it wasn’t for luck, I guess I’d win every hand.”
That puts the former WSOP main event champion three ahead of Men “The Master” Nguyen, who has moneyed in 54 different WSOP events lifetime, according to statistics released by WSOP owner Harrah’s Enterntainment Inc. in conjunction with the start of the 2007 WSOP.
Third on the list of most WSOP cash-ins is T.J. Cloutier with 51, followed by Berry Johnston with 50 and then Humberto Brenes, Brent Carter and Chris “Jesus” Ferguson, each with 45.
Next is Erik Seidel with 42, Mike Sexton with 40 and Dewey Tomko, John Cernuto and An “The Boss”=9D Tran, all with 39.
Rounding out the Top 20 pro poker players with the most WSOP money finishes lifetime are Ken “Skyhawk” Flaton with 38, Mel Judah with 37, Mickey Appleman and Jay Heimowitz with 36, Johnny “The Orient Express” Chan and Frank Henderson with 35 and Thor Hansen and Chau Giang with 34.
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