World Series of Poker Main Event Winners

The $10 000 buy-in No-Limit Texas Hold’em Main Event at the World Series of Poker is the unofficial World Championship of Poker and thousands of players from across the world, from online and satellite tournament qualifiers to seasoned poker professionals flock to Las Vegas every year in the hope of making it big over the fortnight of the tournament.

This has been called "The Moneymaker Effect", following online qualifier Chris Moneymaker’s sensational victory at the 2003 WSOP Main Event.

The result is a massive poker tournament: at the 2007 World Series of Poker, the Main Event attracted 6 358 participants!

Only four people have won multiple WSOP Main Event titles.

The first was Johnny Moss, who was voted World Champion in the inaugural World Series of Poker in 1970, following it up with Main Event bracelets in 1971 and 1974.

Doyle Brunson also won back-to-back Main Event titles in 1976 and 1977, as did Stu Ungar in 1980 and 1981. Ungar clinched a third title in 1997.

After winning the 1987 Main Event, Johnny Chan was the last player to manage to defend his crown in 1988. The following year he almost completed an unheard-of hat trick but was eventually beaten heads-up by champion Phil Hellmuth.

Here are the World Series of Poker Main Event winners from recent years and the pots they collected:

  • 2007Jerry Yang – $8 250 000
  • 2006 – Jamie Gold – $12 000 000
  • 2005 – Joe Hachem – $7 500 000
  • 2004 – Greg Raymer  – $5 000 000
  • 2003 – Chris Moneymaker – $2 500 000
  • 2002 – Robert Varkonyi – $2 000 000
  • 2001 – Juan Carlos Mortensen – $1 500 000
  • 2000 – Chris Ferguson – $1 500 000
  • 1999 – Noel Furlong – $1 000 000
  • 1998 – Scotty Nguyen – $1 000 000