Chris Ferguson Closing in on Phil Hellmuth's WSOP Cashes Record

Along with his status as the top all-time WSOP gold bracelet winner with 15, Phil Hellmuth also holds the record for most non-circuit WSOP cashes with 133.

By: Charles Rettmuller

The latter record may be in jeopardy - perhaps as soon as this year - as Chris Ferguson is bearing down on the Poker Brat with cashes in 120 WSOP non-circuit events. While Phil's lead of 13 cashes may look healthy at the moment, it may not be considering the impressive WSOP performances that Chris has put together over the past two seasons.

Like him or hate him for the Full Tilt fiasco, Jesus has been a virtual MTT cashing machine at the WSOP in 2017 and 2018. He cashed 46 times - 23 each year - to catapult into 2nd place on the all-time WSOP cashes leaderboard.

Ferguson took home WSOP Player of the Year honors in 2017, those 23 cashes included four final tables, one gold bracelet, and prize money of $428,423. The same year, Hellmuth cashed nine times for $388,467. Therein lies one of the knocks on Ferguson - that his WSOP scores have been mostly of the min-cash variety.

But a cash is a cash, and with PoY scoring leaning heavily toward cashes in smaller buy-in events with more participants, it has prompted Daniel Negreanu to alter his strategy this year while making a run for his third WSOP PoY title. Incidentally, KidPoker is in 3rd place on the non-circuit WSOP cashes leaderboard with 106 and sits alone as the only two-time PoY winner.

Making Ferguson's ascent up the WSOP cashes ladder even more noteworthy is the fact that he disappeared from the tables for five years following the debacle surrounding Full Tilt in 2011. He returned in 2016 and has been playing the past three years while experiencing animosity from a number of opponents who have yet to forgive his misdeeds as a FTP board of director.

While the WSOP bracelet record remains Hellmuth's pride and joy, and he won his 15th in 2018 for $485,082, he undoubtedly would like also to hold onto the cashes lead. But Jesus has been coming on strong and may overtake the Poker Brat this summer.


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