Winners

A total of four players have won the World Series of Poker main event more than once. They include Johnny Moss (1971 and 1974), Doyle Brunson (1976 and 1977), Stu Ungar (1980, 1981 and 1997) and Johnny Chan (1987 and 1988).

Phil Hellmuth Jr. holds the record for the highest number of World Series of Poker bracelets, at eleven. He won the main event once, in 1989.

World Series of Poker Winners in the 2000s

Year

Winner / Winning Hand

Prize(US$) (US$)

Entrants

Runner-Up / Losing Hand

2000

Chris Ferguson A♠ 9♣

1,500,000

512

T. J. Cloutier A♦ Q♣

2001

Juan Carlos Mortensen K♣ Q♣

1,500,000

613

Dewey Tomko A♠ A♥

2002

Robert Varkonyi Q♦ 10♠

2,000,000

631

Julian Gardner J♣ 8♣

2003

Chris Moneymaker 5♦ 4♠

2,500,000

839

Sam Farha J♥ 10♦

2004

Greg Raymer 8♠ 8♦

5,000,000

2,576

David Williams A♥ 4♠

2005

Joe Hachem 7♣ 3♠

7,500,000

5,619

Steve Dannenmann A♦ 3♣

2006

Jamie Gold Q♠ 9♣

12,000,000

8,773

Paul Wasicka 10♥ 10♠

2007

Jerry Yang 8♦ 8♣

8,250,000

6,358

Tuan Lam A♦ Q♦

In 2003, an amateur player, Chris Moneymaker, won the main event after qualifying via a satellite tournament with a buy-in of just $39. His win further boosted the popularity of the World Series Poker (and of poker generally). After 2003, the poker industry experienced a surge in revenue – to the extent that it refers to the "Moneymaker effect".

Early World Series of Poker Winners: 1970 – 1990

Year

Winner / Winning Hand

Prize(US$) (US$)

Entrants

Runner-Up / Losing Hand

1970

Johnny Moss

n/a

7

n/a

1971

Johnny Moss

30,000

6

Walter "Puggy" Pearson

1972

Thomas "Amarillo Slim" Preston K J

80,000

8

Walter "Puggy" Pearson 6 6

1973

Walter "Puggy" Pearson A♠ 7♠

130,000

13

Johnny Moss K♥ J♠

1974

Johnny Moss

160,000

16

Crandall Addington

1975

Brian "Sailor" Roberts 9♠ 9♥

210,000

21

Bob Hooks A♣ K♦

1976

Doyle Brunson 10♠ 2♠

220,000

22

Jesse Alto A♠ J♦

1977

Doyle Brunson 10♠ 2♥

340,000

34

Gary Berland 8♥ 5♣

1978

Bobby Baldwin Q♦ Q♣

210,000

42

Crandall Addington 9♦ 9♣

1979

Hal Fowler 7♠ 6♦

270,000

54

Bobby Hoff A♣ A♥

1980

Stu Ungar 5♠ 4♠

385,000

73

Doyle Brunson A♥ 7♠

1981

Stu Ungar A♥ Q♥

375,000

75

Perry Green 10♣ 9♦

1982

Jack Straus A♥ 10♠

520,000

104

Dewey Tomko A♦ 4♦

1983

Tom McEvoy Q♦ Q♠

540,000

108

Rod Peate K♦ J♦

1984

Jack Keller 10♥ 10♠

660,000

132

Byron Wolford 6♥ 4♥

1985

Bill Smith 3♠ 3♥

700,000

140

T. J. Cloutier A♦ 3♣

1986

Berry Johnston A♠ 10♥

570,000

141

Mike Harthcock A♦ 8♦

1987

Johnny Chan A♠ 9♣

625,000

152

Frank Henderson 4♦ 4♣

1988

Johnny Chan J♣ 9♣

700,000

167

Erik Seidel Q♣ 7♥

1989

Phil Hellmuth Jr 9♠ 9♣

755,000

178

Johnny Chan A♠ 7♠

1990

Mansour Matloubi 6♥ 6♠

895,000

194

Hans Lund4♦ 4♣

1991

Brad Daugherty K♠ J♠

1,000,000

215

Don Holt 7♥ 3♥

1992

Hamid Dastmalchi 8♥ 4♣

1,000,000

201

Tom Jacobs J♦ 7♠

1993

Jim Bechtel J♣ 6♥

1,000,000

220

Glenn Cozen 7♠ 4♦

1994

Russ Hamilton K♠ 8♥

1,000,000

268

Hugh Vincent 8♣ 5♥

1995

Dan Harrington 9♦ 8♦

1,000,000

273

Howard Goldfarb A♥ 7♣

1996

Huck Seed 9♦ 8♦

1,000,000

295

Bruce Van Horn K♣ 8♣

1997

Stu Ungar A♥ 4♣

1,000,000

312

John Strzemp A♠ 8♣

1998

Scotty Nguyen J♦ 9♣

1,000,000

350

Kevin McBride Q♥ 10♥

1999

Noel Furlong 5♣ 5♦

1,000,000

393

Alan Goehring 6♥ 6♣

In the augural tournament, Johnny Moss was voted World Series of Poker winner by his peers. As the winner, he was awarded a silver cup.