The World Series of Poker is where poker legends go to make make names for themselves and cement their legacies and over the past 45 years a handful of players accomplished some mind-boggling feats. As the BLUFF 2015 WSOP Countdown continues we take a look at some of the most impressive individual feats in WSOP history.
Mark Newhouse did the unthinkable when he made back-to-back final tables in the WSOP Main Event in 2013 and 2014. His improbable run came against fields of 6,352 and 6,683 respectively – a feat that most feel will more than likely never happen again.
Dan Harrington accomplished the same thing in 2003 and 2004 but the fields were only 839 and 2,576 players. Newhouse earned $1,463,949 combined for his efforts while Harrington earned $2.15 million for his third and fourth place finishes.
Daniel Negreanu won his second WSOP Player of the Year title in 2013 in the 11th hour at WSOP Europe. He cashed an impressive ten times in 2013, won two bracelets and took home more than $2.29 million.
He began his POY campaign with a fourth place finish in a WSOP APAC Mixed event and then won the APAC Main Event for $1,038,825. He entered the Las Vegas Series leading the POY race and cashed six times – including a runner-up finish in a $2,500 Limit Deuce to Seven Triple Draw event to Eli Elezra for just over $100,000.
When the WSOP went to Europe in October Negreanu trailed Matt Ashton in the POY race, cut down on the lead when cashed in the Europe Main Event and had to finish in the top eight places in the High Roller event to win POY. Negreanu ultimately won his sixth career bracelet and the POY race.
Johnny Chan had arguably the best three-year run in the WSOP Main Event ever – he won back-to-back titles in 1987 and 1988, then finished runner-up to Phil Hellmuth in 1989. Chan is in a three-way tie for second most career bracelets (10) with Phil Ivey and Doyle Brunson.
Oddly, during Chan’s three year run in the Main Event he didn’t earn any other cashes in the WSOP. Chan stayed at the top of the game registering seven cashes in the Main Event over his career with three bracelets in the 80’s, two in the 90’s and five in the 00’s.
Chan’s 1988 win was revered by Matt Damon’s character Mike McDermott in “Rounders” and Damon’s line “Sorry John, I don’t remember,” is still heard at the tables today.
Widely regarded as the world’s best poker player, Phil Ivey has had a few WSOP campaigns worth mentioning – in 2002 he won three bracelets, in 2012 he made five final tables but 2009 was a banner year for Ivey with two bracelets, six cashes and trip to the November Nine.
Ivey’s first bracelet of that summer was in a $2,500 No Limit Deuce to Seven event and his heads-up match with John Monnette attracted a standing room only crowd for game where zero cards are shown and only has two rounds of betting.
A week later he took down a $2,500 Omaha/Seven Card Stud HiLo mix event for his seventh career bracelet. Then he captivated ESPN’s audience with a trip to the second November Nine – giving the concept some much-needed star power. Ivey finished in seventh place for $1.4 million much to the chagrin of his fans watching live on ESPN.
Jeffrey Lisandro shares the record of the most WSOP bracelets for any non-American (6) with Negreanu and won three of them in 2009. Lisandro flat-out owned the Seven Card Stud games with a bracelet in each discipline: Seven Card Stud, Razz and Seven Card Stud HiLo.
Lisandro won the $1,500 Seven Card Stud event for $124,975 and less than two weeks later took down the $10,000 Championship Seven Card Stud HiLo event that featured Brunson, Abe Mosseri and Mike Wattel. His third bracelet came in the $2,500 Razz event for $188,390.
He also bubbled the final table in the $10,000 Championship Seven Card Stud event and cashed for a total $807,521 at the 2009 Series.
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