Some of the Best Poker Players Who Haven't Won a WSOP Bracelet

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While winning a World Series of Poker (WSOP) bracelet is one of the greatest accomplishments a poker player can achieve, many of the greatest and most successful players in the game have yet to put one on their wrists.

PokerNews has had a decent track record with highlighting players without bracelets who have gone on to win them. Jason Koon won a maiden bracelet in 2021 after making the "Best Without a Bracelet" list that year, while Dan Smith and Alex Foxen both found bracelets in 2022 to be removed from that year's list.

With the 2023 WSOP a few days underway, here's a look at some of the best players who have yet to add a World Series bracelet to their long lists of accolades.

Note: This list primarily looks at poker tournament players or who are regular names in the tournament circuit. This excludes the likes of Tom Dwan and popular high-stakes cash game players like Garrett Adelstein and Andy Stacks.

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Isaac Haxton

Isaac Haxton

Isaac Haxton is widely regarded as one of the best poker tournament players of all time, having racked up $35.8 million in live earnings across his career. Despite the millions in tournament cashes, including $3 million at the WSOP alone, Haxton has yet to win a bracelet.

Haxton came closest to doing so at the 2009 WSOP when he finished runner-up in Event #2: $40,000 40th Annual No-Limit Holdem to take home $1.2 million. Eight years later, Haxton finished third in the $50,000 Poker Player's Championship at the 2017 World Series to pocket $595,812.

Haxton is back at the 2023 WSOP after taking the last few years off due to COVID-19 concerns, and he is as hot as ever as he's already won an incredible five tournaments in the past six months. If he can extend his hot streak through the summer, he could certainly pick up a bracelet this year.

Isaac Haxton Top Five WSOP Cashes

May 28, 2009Event #2: $40,000 40th Annual No-Limit Holdem2nd$1,168,566
July 2, 2017Event #62: $50,000 Poker Players Championship (6-Handed)3rd$595,812
July 13, 2018Event #77: $50,000 No-Limit Hold'em High Roller (Big Blind Antes)4th$518,882
June 30, 2010Event #52: $25,000 No-Limit Hold’em 6-Handed9th$104,651
July 2, 2007Event #52: $1,000 No-Limit Hold'em (Rebuy)7th$96,798

Shannon Shorr

Shannon Shorr

Shannon Shorr is no stranger to success at the WSOP. The Alabama all-time money leader finished second in Event #7: $2,000 No-Limit Hold'em at the 2008 WSOP for $349,141, and finished third in Event #57: $10,000 No-Limit Hold'em 6-Handed Championship for $455,362 four years later.

More recently, Shorr had another close call in Event #11: $5,000 No-Limit Hold'em at the 2019 WSOP, where he finished second for $273,416 after falling to Daniel Strelitz. After so many deep runs and close calls at the World Series, it would be hard to argue that Shorr isn't due for a bracelet.

Shorr performed strongly in 2022, taking down Event #1: $10,000 No-Limit Hold'em at the US Poker Open for $213,900 in March and later finishing second in $10,000 No-Limit Hold'em at the PGT Venetian High Roller Series for $64,400.

In 2023, Shorr took down a $10,000 event at the WPT Seminole Hard Rock Poker Showdown for $260,600.

Shannon Shorr Top Five WSOP Cashes

 July 3, 2012Event #57: $10,000 No-Limit Hold'em 6-Handed Championship3rd$455,362
 June 4, 2008Event #7: $2,000 No-Limit Hold'em2nd$349,141
 June 3, 2019Event #11: $5,000 No-Limit Hold'em2nd$273,416
 July 2, 2018Event #65: $10,000 No-Limit Hold'em Main Event - World Championship39th$189,165
 June 28, 2013Event #52: $25,000 No-Limit Hold'em 6-Handed7th$129,342

Chris Brewer

Chris Brewer

A new addition to this list is Chris Brewer, a regular on the high stakes circuit who has accumulated $9.8 million in lifetime earnings since his first live cash in 2015. Brewer's biggest WSOP cash came in 2021 year when he finished fifth in Event #60: $50,000 Poker Players Championship 6-Handed for $211,235.

Brewer has had success outside of the World Series as well, including a victory in $10,000 WPT High Roller at the 2021 WPT Online Series and a first-place finish in Event #9: €10,000 No Limit Hold'em at 2022 EPT Prague for €155,830. In 2023, Brewer took down a €50,000 High Roller at EPT Paris for a career-best $1 million.

Given his success on other tours and performance in the 2021 Poker Player's Championship, it seems only a matter of time before Brewer adds a first-place finish at the WSOP to his poker resume.

Chris Brewer Top Five WSOP Cashes

 October 31, 2021Event #60: $50,000 Poker Players Championship 6-Handed5th$211,235
 August 23, Event #70: $25,000 NLH Poker Players Championship46th$57,592
 August 30, Event #77: $5,000 No Limit Hold'em Main Event32nd$55,880
 August 8, Event #54: $10,000 Heads Up No Limit Hold'em Championship6th$49,664
 September 25, Event #25: No Limit Hold'em Lucky 7's High Roller9th$19,494

Bin Weng

Bin Weng

Bin Weng is on the heater of a lifetime as perhaps the biggest breakout player of 2023. The Pennsylvanian started off the year by taking down the Borgata Return for a career-bets $1 million before surpassing that a few months later with a victory in the WPT Seminole Hard Rock Poker Showdown Championship for $1.1 million.

Weng was close to making poker history by winning consecutive WPT events but ended up in 4th place for $143,000.

Just a few days into the WSOP and Weng, who also won a Circuit ring earlier this year in the WSOPC Las Vegas Main Event, made a deep run in the Event #2: $25,000 High Roller (6-Handed) and is well on his way to winning a first bracelet.

Bin Weng's Top Five WSOP Cashes

 February 2023WSOPC Las Vegas $1,700 Main Event1st$227,344
 October 2021WSOP $50,000 NLH High Roller6th$202,236
 October 2021WSOP $5,000 NLH 6 Handed5th$113,775
 May 2023WSOP $25,000 High Roller 6-Handed12th$62,763
 October 2021$25,000 NLH Heads-Up Championship5th$36,820

Gianluca Speranza

Gianluca Speranza

Gianluca Speranza has been within inches of earning a WSOP bracelet on multiple occasions, making him an easy addition to this list. In 2011, the Italian finished second in Event #2: €1,090 No-Limit Hold'em at WSOPE for €91,262. In 2017, he won more than seven times that, €689,246, when he finished runner up in the WSOPE Main Event, falling to Marti de Torres.

The runner-up finish in the WSOPE Main was Speranza's best live cash until he took down a €25,000 High Roller at EPT Monte Carlo in 2022 for €853,000. We will see if Speranza can continue his run-good this summer in Las Vegas and if it will earn him a bracelet.

Gianluca Speranza Top Five WSOP Cashes

 November 4, 2017Event #11: €10,350 No-Limit Hold'em Main Event (WSOPE)2nd€689,246
 October 8, 2011Event #2: €1,090 No-Limit Hold'em (WSOPE)2nd€91,262
 July 5, 2010Event #57: $10,000 No-Limit Hold'em Main Event - World Championship197th$48,847
 October 24, 2018Event #8: €25,500 Super Highroller Series 25K (WSOPE)20th€38,365
 June 23, 2019$1,000 Online No-Limit Hold'em Double Stack (Event #55)7th$29,886

Seth Davies

Seth Davies

With $20.8 million in tournament earnings, Seth Davies is one of the biggest crushers on the high-roller circuit. Despite his various poker accolades, including a victory in the 2016 WPT Canadian Spring Championship for $203,992 and a WPT title, Davies has yet to pick up a bracelet.

Davies, who is occasionally confused for one-time bracelet winner Stephen Chidwick, came close to winning a maiden bracelet in November 2021 when he finished fourth in the $250,000 Super High Roller for $930,791. Depending on his WSOP schedule, this could be the year he wins a bracelet.

 November 2021WSOP $250,000 Super High Roller4th$930,791
 July 2019WSOP $50,000 High Roller8th$167,420
 July 2022WSOP $50,000 High Roller11th$100,000
 August 2020WSOP $25,000 NLH Players Championship43rd$70,150
 July 2011WSOP $10,000 Main Event123rd$54,851

Maria Ho

Maria Ho

Iconic poker commentator and Women in Poker Hall of Famer Maria Ho is still after a first bracelet despite racking up 71 WSOP cashes (seven more from when PokerNews put out this list in 2021) and $1.8 million in WSOP earnings.

Ho was denied a bracelet at the 2011 WSOP in Event #4: $5,000 No-Limit Hold’em, where she finished second for $540,020. More recently, Ho finished sixth in the 2017 WSOPE Main Event to earn €174,365, another close call for the California pro and commentator.

Ho had a number of deep runs at the 2022 World Series, including a fifth-place finish in Event #67: $7,000 NLH Super Turbo Bounty for $131,655. 2023 could be the year Ho adds a bracelet to her impressive poker resume.

Maria Ho Top Five WSOP Cashes

June 2, 2011Event #4: $5,000 No-Limit Hold’em2nd$540,020
July 6, 2007Event #55: $10,000 No-Limit Hold'em MAIN EVENT - World Championship38th$237,865
November 4, 2017Event #11: €10,350 No-Limit Hold'em MAIN EVENT (WSOPE)6th€174,365
June 3, 2019Event #11: $5,000 No-Limit Hold'em5th$91,211
June 24, 2016Event #42: $3,000 No-Limit Hold'em Shootout4th$87,487

Roland Israelashvili

Roland Israelashvili

With a record 419 WSOP cashes to his name, Roland Israelashvili sits far in front on the all-time list, ahead of Arkadiy Tsinis (237 WSOP cashes) and Ari Engel (218 cashes), the latter of whom was on this list until he won his first bracelet in 2019.

Despite having all of those cashes and an impressive eight Circuit rings, Israelashvili has yet to get a golden bracelet under his belt. The New Yorker, who is originally from the Republic of Georgia, had his closest call in Event #58: The Little One for One Drop - $1,111 No-Limit Hold'em at the 2013 WSOP, where he finished third for $295,433. The previous year, Israelashvili had finished fifth in Event #45: $50,000 Poker Players Championship for his biggest WSOP score of $317,882.

Roland Israelashvili Top Five WSOP Cashes

 June 24, 2012Event #45: $50,000 Poker Players Championship5th$317,882
 July 3, 2013Event #58: The Little One for One Drop - $1,111 No-Limit Hold'em3rd$295,433
 July 7, 2012Event #61: $10,000 No-Limit Hold'em Main Event - World Championship25th$294,601
 March 12, 2010Event #10: $5,150 No-Limit Hold'em Main Event (WSOP Circuit)1st$264,715
 July 7, 2005Event #42: $10,000 No-Limit Hold'em Main Event - World Championship37th$235,390

Niklas Astedt

Niklas Astedt

Niklas Astedt is one of the best online tournament grinders ever to touch a computer mouse, sitting atop the PocketFives all-time leaderboard with $25.5 million in earnings. "Lena900" has also had success in the live realm, accumulating just under $1.5 million in lifetime earnings.

The Swedish pro played a heavy schedule at the 2021 WSOP and had a number of deep runs, including a 7th-place finish in Event #64: $5,000 Mixed No-Limit Hold'em; Pot-Limit Omaha for $70,367, and the next day finishing 19th in Event #66: $10,000 Pot-Limit Omaha Hi-Lo 8 or Better Championship for $20,097.

The online grinder was denied a bracelet the previous year in a $1,500 No Limit Hold'em event, in which he finished second for $156,905. Whether it's earned online or in a live arena, a bracelet could certainly be in Astedt's future.

Niklas Astedt

Niklas Astedt Top Five WSOP Cashes

 July 6, Event #39: $1,500 No Limit Hold'em2nd$156,905
 November 2, 2021Event #64: $5,000 Mixed No-Limit Hold'em; Pot-Limit Omaha (8-Handed)7th$70,367
 June 19, 2019Event #45: $25,000 Pot-Limit Omaha High Roller26th$43,270
 July 9, 2016Event #68: $10,000 No-Limit Hold'em Main Event - World Championship182nd$42,285
 November 3, 2021Event #66: $10,000 Pot-Limit Omaha Hi-Lo 8 or Better Championship19th$20,097

Josh Reichard

Josh Reichard

With a resume that includes 14 Circuit rings and a spot in the Mid-States Poker Tour (MSPT) Hall of Fame, Josh Reichard has secured his place as one of the greatest mid-stakes tournament grinders of all time.

Earlier this year, Reichard won a 14th ring and $253,073 in the WSOP Grand Victoria Main Event to tie Maurice Hawkins at the top of the all-time ring list (before Hawkins went on to win a 15th ring a month later).

Reichard has also had results at the summer series, including a 9th-place finish in the 2019 $1,500 Millionaire Maker for $122,375. It would hardly be a surprise for Reichard to win another piece of WSOP hardware in the form of a bracelet.

Josh Reichard's Top Five WSOP Cashes

 April 2023WSOP Chicago $1,700 NLH Main Event1st$253,073
 August 2017WSOPC Cherokee $10,000 Global Casino Championship3rd$130,498
 June 2019WSOP $1,500 Millionaire Maker9th$122,375
 March 2017WSOPC Iowa $365 NLH1st$39,731
 October 2018WSOPC Hammon $400 NLH Monster Stack1st$38,392

Top Poker Players Without a WSOP Bracelet Breakdown

 Isaac HaxtonUnited States$35,811,1171314th$2,996,04032
 Seth DaviesUnited States$20,807,537837th$1,584,39939
 Shannon ShorrUnited States$11,183,46613103rd$2,578,944146
 Chris BrewerUnited States$9,776,55212123rd$1,059,44742
 Bin WengUnited States$4,730,37211351st$618,17816
 Gianluca SperanzaItaly$4,663,22210354th$1,695,86344
 Maria HoUnited States$4,500,5599372nd$1,959,55480
 Roland IsraelashviliUnited States$4,268,52825407th$3,598,335419
 Josh ReichardUnited States$2,484,86621842nd$1,390,496128
 Niklas AstedtSweden$2,095,69051,051st$397,87721
 COMBINED TOTALS $100,321,909127 $17,879,133967

Live poker statistics and poker's all-time money list rankings courtesy of The Hendon Mob.

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