Who's Better, Who's Bereft: 5 Great Poker Players Without WSOP Gold

Created By: Allen Rash
17 June 2014
Posted in: WSOP Blog, Tournament Trail
Mike McDonald

One of the beautiful things about the World Series of Poker is that anybody can win.

As long as you can buy-in, you can become a WSOP champion. There are few no other games or sports where someone can walk off the street and win $10,000,000.

That, therefore, creates a lot of "one-time" big winners while some of the best in the game are left bracelet-free.

Once a summer the inevitable conversation comes around about the best poker players yet to win a WSOP bracelet

We debated the subject with WSOP historian and Media Director Nolan Dalla to come up with five worthy players still to taste WSOP victory.

Sam Trickett


Sam Trickett

Trickett is one the best - and richest - young players in the game, but he's still waiting for his own piece of WSOP jewelry.

He has four WSOP final tables to his credit including two near misses - one of them being his biggest score for $10m as runner-up to Antonio Esfandiari in the inaugural $1m Big One for One Drop.

Trickett has over $20m in tournament earnings - enough to rank him above all other English grinders and fifth on the all-time money list.

He’ll be back again in this year’s Big One for One Drop looking to finish one spot higher.

Matt Glantz


Matt Glantz

Glantz can be found in some of the biggest cash games going but he also plays a full WSOP schedule each summer.

He has 30 cashes to date but has been unable to finish the job at any of his seven WSOP final tables. His closest so far was a 2nd-place finish to Andre Boyer in 2005.

While a bracelet eludes Glantz, he is the proud owner of a WSOP Circuit ring after beating Matt Stout heads-up in 2006.

Shawn Buchanan


Shawn Buchanan

Buchanan had his best shots at a bracelet in 2010 and 2011. The Canadian cashed 17 times over those two years with two runner-up finishes, losing to Dan Kelly in 2010 and Fabrice Soulier in 2011.

He has big results online including the first-ever Triple COOP on PokerStars (WCOOP, SCOOP, and TCOOP titles) plus a WPT title from 2008 but he's still waiting for a WSOP win.

Mike "Timex" McDonald


Mike McDonald

The man they call “Timex” doesn’t seem to have much luck during the WSOP.

McDonald has over $10m in career earnings, including an EPT title in 2008, but only $200,000 has come from WSOP events (partly, of course, because McDonald didn't turn 21 until well into his poker career).

He has two final tables among his nine cashes but hasn't finished higher than 6th. Combined with his big online poker numbers, it’s hard to believe McDonald is still yet to breakthrough at the WSOP.

Tony Cousineau


Tony Cousineau

Cousineau holds a distinct record that he would gladly give up: He currently has the most WSOP cashes without a bracelet.

Cousineau’s first tournament in the money was 15 years ago and he's gone to the payout window 63 times at the WSOP - but never as the last player standing.

His best finish was a 4th-place showing in 2001. He's still plugging away a we speak with four more cashes this summer.

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