Where Have All the World Series of Poker Gold Bracelets Gone?

With news that a 2021 live World Series of Poker is planned for Las Vegas in the autumn, it’s perhaps time to take a look at some of the leading nations and their biggest bracelet count winners. Here are the top 5 nations and their leading WSOP lights…

By: Andrew Burnett

5. Australia: 30 bracelets; Jeff Lisandro: 6 bracelets

No one comes close to the six gold bracelets Jeff Lisandro has claimed for the land down under, although with two apiece, the younger generation of poker whizzes, Michael Addamo and Kahle Burns, will likely run him close over the coming years.

Among the others to have picked up WSOP jewellery for Australia, we have to remind everyone of Joe Hachem, the 2005 Main Event winner. ‘Aussie Joe’ pocketed a then-record $7.5 million prize for his incredible victory.

4. Germany: 41 bracelets; George Danzer: 4 bracelets

Next up in the bracelet stakes we have Germany, with 41 wins, but it’s perhaps not the name you’d expect topping their list, with Fedor Holz holding ‘only’ two golds.

While Dominik Nitsche, with three wins, edges out the former wunderkind who made poker look as easy to play and win as his nation’s famous spielautomaten, it is in fact George Danzer who leads Germany’s golden list.

The Brazilian-born pro lifted his first three titles in 2014, including one at the WSOP AsiaPacific Series, adding his fourth two years later back in Vegas.

3. England: 53 bracelets; Benny Glaser: 3 bracelets

Climbing onto the bracelet podium in 3rd spot are England, with a total of 53 bracelets and led by Benny Glaser with three victories.

The south-east coast pro has made six final tables and converted half of them, taking two Omaha Hi-Low Split-8 or Better titles in 2016, adding to a Limit Triple Draw Lowball bracelet won the previous year.

Among the more famous English pros to grab gold at the WSOP are Barny Boatman (2), Liv Boeree (1) Stephen Chidwick (1) and Chris Moorman (1).

2. Canada: 66 bracelets; Daniel Negreanu: 6 bracelets

In 2nd spot are Canada, with almost one-tenth of their WSOP haul coming from Kid Poker himself, Daniel Negreanu, whose six bracelets sees him weigh in at 9th= spot in the all-time gold list.

Kristen Bicknell has joined the group in second place, with three WSOP victories, the latest of which came in the 2020 online version of the series when she scooped the $2,500 No Limit Hold'em 6-Handed title.

Others from the land of the maple leaf include Daniel Dvoress, Timothy Adams and 2010 Main Event winner, Jonathan Duhamel.

1. USA: 1170 bracelets; Phil Hellmuth: 15 bracelets

Way out in front, and perhaps not unexpectedly, are the USA with an incredible 1170 golds, and their leading player by far is the legendary Phil Hellmuth.

It’s worth looking at the US top 5 to see just how incredibly well Hellmuth has performed at the Vegas summer shindig…

  • Phil Hellmuth 15
  • Johnny Chan 10
  • Phil Ivey 10
  • Doyle Brunson 9
  • Johnny Moss 9

This year, with a bit of luck, there will be many more bracelet winners added to this list of poker legends from across the world. Whether anyone will ever come close to Hellmuth’s total, however, is much less likely.


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