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WSOP Bracelet Streaks

Who was the last player to win consecutive WSOP events? There are so many more events now that you'd think it would happen more often. But it's actually gotten much harder because the field sizes have grown so much.

Layne "Back to Back" Flack is a great guess, but he didn't actually win consecutive events on the schedule, as he skipped quite a few tournaments between winning Event #4 and Event #19 in 2002.1

The actual answer is Hilbert Shirey, way back in 1995. His other major claim to fame was bubbling the final table of the 1991 Main Event, although he also won the $1,500 No-Limit Hold 'Em event in 1987.

Consecutive WSOP Events Won

PlayerYearEvents
2Johnny Moss1971#4: $1,000 Limit Ace-to-Five Draw; #5: $5,000 No-Limit Hold 'Em Main Event
2Jimmy Casella1974#1: $10,000 Limit Seven-Card Stud; #2: $1,000 Limit Razz
2Bobby Baldwin1977#2: $10,000 No-Limit Deuce-to-Seven Lowball; #3: $5,000 Limit Seven-Card Stud
2Lakewood Louie1979#1: $1,000 Limit Ace-to-Five Draw; #2: $2,000 Limit Draw High
2Gary Berland1979#4: $1,000 Limit Seven-Card Stud Hi/Lo; #5: $500 Limit Seven-Card Stud
2Billy Baxter1982#9: $2,500 No-Limit Ace-to-Five Draw; #10: $10,000 No-Limit Deuce-to-Seven Lowball
2Sam Mastrogiannis1986#4: $1,000 Seven-Card Stud, #5 $5,000 Seven-Card Stud
2Ted Forrest1993#5: $1,500 Limit Razz; #6: $1,500 Limit Omaha Hi/Lo (also #17: $5,000 Limit Seven-Card Stud)
2Phil Hellmuth1993#18: $2,500 No-Limit Hold 'Em; #19: $5,000 Limit Hold 'Em (also #7 $1,500 No-Limit Hold 'Em)
2Hilbert Shirey1995#18: $2,500 Pot-Limit Omaha (w/Re-buys); #19: $2,500 Pot-Limit Hold 'Em

Notes:

What two players have won at least one bracelet in four consecutive years? Not surprisingly, both did it during the WSOP's first decade. Bill Boyd won the Limit Five-Card Stud event every year from 1971 to 1974 before they killed it. Doyle Brunson matched him from 1976 to 19793 but won six bracelets during the span, including two Main Events (both in double-bracelet years).

Consecutive Years Winning a WSOP Bracelet

#PlayerYears
4Bill Boyd1971-74
4Doyle Brunson1976-79
4Loren Klein2016-19
3Puggy Pearson1971-73
3Johnny Moss1974-76
3Bobby Baldwin1977-79
3Gary Berland1977-79
3Lakewood Louie1978-80
3Erik Seidel1992-94
3Allen Cunningham2005-07
3Matt Matros2010-12
3Michael Mizrachi2010-12
3Robert Mizrachi2014-16
3David Peters2020-22

Nobody hit a three-bagger from 1981 to 1991 and 1995 to 2004. We would have gone a quarter of a century without one if not for Seidel.

Many players have won bracelets in consecutive years, but only four have won multiple bracelets in back-to-back years:

What player has won at least one bracelet in the most consecutive decades? Phil Hellmuth (5) won the Main Event in 1989, added five bracelets in the 1990s and five in the 2000s before tieing the record in 2012 and setting a new record in 2021. Jay Heimowitz was the first to reach four decades in 2000 (the 1970s to the 2000s), and Billy Baxter joined him in 2002.

Brunson, Chip Reese, Erik Seidel, Farzad Bonyadi, and Josh Arieh get honorable mentions for winning bracelets in three out of four decades.

Consecutive Decades Winning a WSOP Bracelet

#PlayerYears
5Phil Hellmuth1989 1992 1993 [3] 1997 2001 2003 [2] 2006 2007 2012 2015 2018 2021 [2]4
4Jay Heimowitz1975 1986 1991 1994 2000 2001
4Billy Baxter1975 1978 1982 [2] 1987 1993 2002
3Amarillo Slim Preston1972 1974 1985 1990
3Johnny Chan1985 1987 1988 1994 1997 2000 2002 2003 [2] 2005
3Berry Johnston1983 1986 1990 1995 2001
3Mickey Appleman1980 1992 1995 2003
3T.J. Cloutier1987 1994 [2] 1998 2004 2005
3Men Nguyen1992 1995 [2] 1996 2003 [2] 2010
3Sam Farha1996 2006 2010
3Peter Vilandos1995 2009 2012
3Mike Matusow1999 2002 2008 2013
3David Chiu1996 1998 2000 2005 2013
3Daniel Negreanu1998 2003 2004 2008 2013 [2]5
3Ted Forrest1993 [3] 2004 [2] 2014
3Shankar Pillai2007 2019 2021
3Eli Elezra2007 2013 2015 2019 2022
3Scott Seiver2008 2018 2019 2022

Fifteen players have a bracelet in three consecutive decades, with Amarillo Slim Preston being the first to do it in 1990, a year before Heimowitz. Nguyen, Farha, Vilandos, Negreanu, Chiu, and Matusow can extend their streaks between now and 2029.

Four players are on both the events and years lists (Baldwin, Berland, Moss, and Louie), three are on both the events and decades lists (Hellmuth, Cloutier, and Forrest), but nobody is on both the years and decades lists.

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