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Youngest WSOP Main Event Winners

Unless they change the minimum age for gambling in Las Vegas, no World Series of Poker Main Event champion can be younger than 21. Joe Cada is the current record holder, taking down the coveted belt just eight days shy of his 22nd birthday.

Johnny Moss was the youngest by definition when he won the first World Series of Poker by vote, and seven others have taken the crown (ages listed in years.months.days format):

History of the Youngest WSOP Main Event Champion

AgePlayerYear
62.11.24Johnny Moss1970
43.4.10Amarillo Slim Preston1972
42.9.0Doyle Brunson1976
28.4.18Bobby Baldwin1978
26.8.14Stu Ungar1980
24.10.3Phil Hellmuth1989
22.10.28Peter Eastgate2008
21.11.23Joe Cada2009

Hellmuth was the youngest champ for almost two decades, but five out of the six champs from 2008 to 2013 were younger than he was: Eastgate and Cada, Jonathan Duhamel (23 in 2010), Pius Heinz (22 in 2011), and Ryan Riess (23 in 2013). Additionally, Greg Merson was just 19 days older in 2012.

The ten youngest champs:

Youngest WSOP Main Event Champions

AgePlayerYear
21.11.23Joe Cada2009
22.10.28Peter Eastgate2008
22.5.28Pius Heinz2011
23.2.16Jonathan Duhamel2010
23.6.17Ryan Riess2013
24.10.22Greg Merson2012
24.10.3Phil Hellmuth1989
24.4.13Joe McKeehen2015
25.3.26Scott Blumstein2017
26.8.14Stu Ungar1980

Eight of the ten have won since 2008.

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