BY TOM SOMACH
Nine professional poker players have won at least a half a dozen World Series of Poker (WSOP) championship bracelets in their lifetimes, according to WSOP statistics released in conjunction with the start of the 2007 WSOP.
Championship gold bracelets are awarded to the winners of all WSOP events, not just the main event.
This year, 55 pieces of the coveted wrist jewelry will be handed out.
According to Harrah’s Entertainment Inc., owners of the WSOP, three men co-hold the title of most WSOP bracelets won in a lifetime, with 10.
The trio are two-time WSOP main event champion Johnny “The Orient Express” Chan, who appeared as himself in the poker cult movie “Rounders;” two-time WSOP main event champ Doyle “Texas Dolly” Brunson, who wrote the best-selling poker books “Super System” and “Super System 2;” and one-time WSOP main event winner Phil “Poker Brat” Hellmuth Jr., who has authored books and DVDs and has his own poker camp.
The poker player with the next most WSOP bracelets is Johnny Moss, with eight.
Tied with seven WSOP bracelets lifetime are Erik Seidel and Billy Baxter.
Three men have six WSOP gold bracelets: Men “The Master” Nguyen, T.J. Cloutier and Jay Heimowitz.
A lucky seven have won five WSOP bracelets: Gary “Bones” Berland, the late Stuart “The Kid”=9D Ungar, Berry Johnston, Ted Forrest, Chris “Jesus” Ferguson, Layne Flack and Phil Ivey, who is favored by several offshore sportsbooks to win the 2007 WSOP main event.
Eleven professional poker players have each won four WSOP gold bracelets.
They are: Huck Seed, two-time WSOP main event champ Thomas A. “Amarillo Slim” Preston Jr., Puggy Pearson, Scotty Nguyen, Tom McEvoy, Lakewood Louie, Allen Cunningham, Artie Cobb, David Chiu, Bobby Baldwin and Mickey Appleman.
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