Winning the World Series of Poker Bracelet

The World Series of Poker is the biggest poker event in the world today. It is a series of poker tournaments held in Las Vegas, Nevada. In 2007, the WSOP hosted up to fifty-five poker events, and it lasted over one month.

In a World Series of Poker tournament, a first prize winner usually wins a cash prize as well as a World Series of Poker bracelet. A bracelet from the World Series of Poker is considered one of the most coveted and prestigious non-cash prizes a poker player can win. The bracelets have been awarded to World Series of Poker event winners since 1976. The first few bracelets only cost a few hundred US dollars, but today, any World Series of Poker bracelet is manufactured by luxury watch maker Corum, and can cost up to thirty thousand dollars.

During the 1980s, the WSOP bracelets were designed by Mordechai Yerushalmi, a jeweler from Las Vegas, who was also the exclusive manufacturer of these bracelets until 2004, when the rights to the World Series of Poker were bought by Harrah's Entertainment. Since then, the bracelets' design remains relatively unchanged, save for minor details such as the kind and number of the stones adorned on the bracelet.

In 2006, for example, the bracelet awarded to the World Poker Champion -usually the winner of the World Series of Poker Main Event- has two hundred and fifty-nine stones. These stones include seven point two carats of diamonds, and one hundred and twenty grams of both yellow and white gold. The champion's bracelet was also adorned with rubies, a sapphire, and black diamonds; representing the heart and diamonds, spade, and clubs, respectively.

Winning even one World Series of Poker bracelet is already considered an achievement, and many poker professionals believe that there are two kinds of players: those who have won a bracelet, and those who have not. Many have described winning the bracelet as becoming a part of a very exclusive club. Jennifer Tilly; an Academy Award nominated actress, has described winning the 2005 Women's Championship bracelet as "better than [winning] an Oscar." The most notable poker players are often those who have won more than one WSOP bracelet. Doyle Brunson, one of the most influential figures in the poker world today, has won ten World Series of Poker bracelets. He and Johnny Chan, a player who also won ten bracelets, tie for second place for the most World Series of Poker bracelets won ever. The individual who tops the World Series of Poker bracelet winner list is Phil Hellmuth, who has, thus far, won eleven WSOP bracelets.