Most Prolific Tournament Players In Each Major Series

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In sports, you often find that certain players perform well in specific events or specific stadiums. Think of Rafael Nadal at Roland Garros, or Lebron James winning 8 Eastern Conference titles in a row. Well, the same phenomenon can be found in poker! Some players pull out their best performances in specific events to the point where some of them are considered specialists.

To highlight some of poker’s top tournament performers, we’ve found the players with the most titles in each of the best-known tournament series and listed them below, along with details of their accomplishments.

WSOP – Phil Hellmuth – 17 Bracelets

Love him or hate him, there’s no doubt that Phil Hellmuth is the WSOP G.O.A.T. With 17 bracelets, 10 more than his closest competitors, Phil Hellmuth is without doubt one of the most successful players in WSOP history. After becoming the youngest player to win the WSOP Main Event in 1989, he has followed it up with bracelets in a variety of Hold’em events as well as Razz and 2-7 events.

In 2012, Phil became the first person to win both the WSOP Main Event and WSOP Europe Main Event after taking down the tournament for over €1 million. As well as topping the all-time bracelet list by a considerable margin, Phil is also 3rd on the list for all-time cashes with 203 and 3rd on the all-time list for $17,888,340.

The Poker Brat doesn’t look like he’s slowing down, so we wouldn’t bet against him extending this number before he finally hangs up the baseball cap for good!

Date

Competition

Buy-In

Prize

May 1989

No Limit Hold’em World Championship

$10,000

$755,000

May 1992

Limit Hold’em

$5,000

$168,000

April 1993

No Limit Hold’em

$1,500

$161,400

April 1993

No Limit Hold’em

$2,500

$173,000

April 1993

Limit Hold’em

$5,000

$138,000

May 1997

Pot Limit Hold’em

$3,000

$204,000

April 2001

No Limit Hold’em

$2,000

$316,550

April 2003

Limit Hold’em

$2,500

$171,400

May 2003

No Limit Hold’em

$3,000

$410,860

July 2006

No Limit Hold’em with rebuys

$1,000

$631,863

June 2007

No Limit Hold’em

$1,500

$637,254

April 2012

Seven-Card Razz

$2,500

$182,793

September 2012

No Limit Hold’em Main Event (WSOPE)

€10,450

€1,022,376

June 2015

Seven-Card Razz

$10,000

$271,105

July 2018

No Limit Hold’em

$5,000

$485,082

October 2021

No Limit 2-7 Lowball Draw

$1,500

$84,851

July 2023

Super Turbo Bounty No-Limit Hold’em

$10,000

$803,818

WPT – Darren Elias – 4 Titles

With larger fields and fewer events, it’s arguably harder to win multiple titles in the WPT, but Darren Elias has shown that it’s possible if you play well enough. Darren had his breakout year in 2014, winning two titles within two months for over $1 million combined. He picked up his third win three years later and claimed his fourth victory in 2018 to become the outright leader in WPT titles.

Darren has a stellar record at the WPT and tops most of the stats you could care to mention. He’s not only first in titles, but he also leads the way in the number of cashes (48) and the number of final tables (13). While he is only 7th in career earnings ($4,802,644), there’s still plenty of time for Darren to add to his total and move his way up the leaderboard.

Date

Competition

Buy-In

Prize

Sept 2014

Borgata Poker Open

$3,500

$843,744

Nov 2014

WPT Caribbean

$3,500

$127,680

Feb 2017

Fallsview Poker Classic

$5,000

$335,436

May 2018

Bobby Baldwin Classic

$10,000

$387,580

EPT – Victoria Coren Mitchell, Mikalai Pobal, & Mike Watson – 2 Titles

Just like the EPT, the limited number of events and huge turnouts make it incredibly difficult for anyone to win multiple titles. While the EPT boasts a number of side events, only the Main Event is considered to be a true EPT title. It took nearly 10 years for the EPT to have its first two-time winner when Victoria Coren Mitchell took down EPT San Remo for €476,100, eight years after her maiden victory in EPT London.

Five years after Victoria’s second title, we had our next two-time EPT Main Event winner when Mikalai Pobal won EPT Prague for just over €1 million. This victory came more than seven years after winning his first title in EPT Barcelona, similarly for just over €1 million.

Mike Watson was the third player to become a two-time EPT Champion, following up his 2016 PCA win with a win at EPT Monte Carlo in 2023. As well as being a two-time champion, Mike Watson is 5th on the all-time EPT Main Event cashes leaderboard with 16, only 5 behind 1st place Johnny Lodden.

Whether or not any of these players can take down a 3rd title to become the outright leader in EPT titles is up for debate due to the strength of the fields and frequency of events, but with so many talented players we wouldn’t be surprised if we see someone win 3 events in their lifetime!

Victoria Coren Mitchell

Date

Competition

Buy-In

Prize

Sept 2006

EPT London

£3,500

£500,000

April 2014

EPT San Remo

€5,000

€476,100

Mikalai Pobal

Date

Competition

Buy-In

Prize

Aug 2012

EPT Barcelona

€5,300

€1,007,550

Dec 2019

EPT Prague

€5,300

€1,005,600

Mike Watson

Date

Competition

Buy-In

Prize

January 2016

PCA

$5,300

$728,325

May 2023

EPT Monte Carlo

€5,300

€749,425

Triton Series – Jason Koon – 10 Titles

Despite only launching in 2016, Jason Koon has already reached double digits when it comes to Triton titles. After a tremendous 2023, he doubled his haul of titles from 5 to 10, even winning two titles within the space of two weeks in May 2023.

Considered one of the world’s best in both No Limit Hold’em and Short Deck, Jason Koon’s skillset seems tailor-made for the Triton Series, which features a number of Short Deck tournaments. In fact, 4 of his 10 titles have come in Short Deck, 5 have come in NLHE, and his latest in November 2023 came in a PLO event, showing just how well-rounded Jason Koon’s game is.

Jason is currently second on Triton’s all-time money list, only behind runner-up of the £1,050,000 Triton London Million For Charity event, Bryn Kenney (who took more than 1st place in that event after making a deal heads-up!). He also leads the way in the number of cashes with 41 in Triton Series events, demonstrating his dominance in this tournament series.

Date

Competition

Buy-In

Prize

May 2018

Triton Montenegro Short Deck Ante Only

HK$ 1 million

$3,579,836

March 2019

Triton Jeju Short Deck

HK$ 1 million

$2,899,000

March 2019

Triton Jeju NLH Refresh

HK$ 1 million

$993,221

May 2022

Triton Madrid Short Deck One Bullet

€150,000

€1,750,000

March 2023

Triton Vietnam NLH Turbo

$50,000

$574,000

May 2023

Triton North Cyprus NLH 7-Handed

$20,000 NLH

$663,000

May 2023

Triton North Cyprus NLH Main Event

$100,000

$2,451,082

July 2023

Triton London NLH 7-Handed

$60,000

$1,570,000

Aug 2023

Triton London Short Deck Main Event

$60,000

$828,000

Nov 2023

Triton Monte Carlo PLO

$25,000

$365,000

Super High Roller Bowl – Justin Bonomo – 3 Titles

What started as a yearly event has come a tour of its very own, with multiple Super High Roller Bowl tournaments taking place around the world throughout the year. These high buy-in events price out 99.9% of the poker world, meaning that only the elite players (and amateurs with deep pockets) participate. Out of the 17 Super High Roller Bowl events that have taken place, Justin Bonomo has won three of them, cementing himself as the outright leader in this field.

Justin’s first win came in March 2018 when he took down the Super High Roller Bowl China event for just over $4.8 million. Two months later he doubled his win count after winning Super High Roller Bowl IV for a cool $5 million. Not even a lockdown could stop Justin from adding to his win tally, as he took down the Super High Roller Bowl Online event in June 2020 for over $1.7 million.

Not only does Justin have the most Super High Roller Bowl titles, he also leads the way with the most number of cashes (7) and the total prize money ($15,318,077) by a significant margin.

Date

Competition

Buy-In

Prize

March 2018

Super High Roller Bowl China

$267,637

$1,775,000

May 2018

Super High Roller Bowl IV

$300,000

$5,000,000

June 2020

Super High Roller Bowl Online

$102,000

$4,821,516

Summary

It’s hard to explain why, but there’s no doubting that each player on this list has a certain affinity with their tournament series. They’ve outperformed elite-level competition and have cemented themselves as the best players in these events. Holding on to the top spot is a different challenge, and we can’t wait to follow these events closely to see if they can do just that.

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