WSOP All-Time Bracelet Winners
The World Series of Poker bracelet is one of the most coveted prizes in the world of sport and annual winners of each event at the WSOP are rewarded with the title, a whole lot of cash and a bracelet – which today can fetch anything between $5 000 – $30 000.
The Highest Accolade in Professional Poker
It is what the Green Jacket of Augusta is to golfers, or the Grand Slam title is to tennis players – it is simply the highest accolade in professional poker and clearly separates the men from the boys at the felt tables.
Bracelets were awarded for the first time at the 1976 edition of the WSOP and one of the greatest poker players of all time, Doyle Brunson, claimed not one, but two of these desirable treasures. It is on record that Brunson did not fully appreciate the status of the bracelet until much later and he should know, he has collected ten of these sought after prizes!
As the popularity of poker and the World Series of Poker, in particular, has grown, so too has the value and opulence of the bracelets and as of 2007 one of the world’s premier jewellers, Corum, has been tasked with the design and manufacture of the poker trophy.
It is not uncommon for the bracelets to be adorned with precious stones including rubies, sapphires and black diamonds and for the bracelet itself to be fashioned out of white or yellow gold, so it is not only the highest accolade in pro poker, it is an item of monetary value that will increase substantially over time.
Leading Bracelet Winners
Many poker rookies may put more value on the Main Event bracelet but quite the contrary could well be true – those players who have won bracelets for a range of poker variants can arguably be viewed as more poker proficient than a player who consistently wins bracelets for the same event, who may be seen as Texas Holdem or Omaha specialist.
Nevertheless, there are a couple of men who are the obvious doyens of poker and these men are right up there on the bracelet leaderboard: