The best players in Europe without a WSOP bracelet

With the WSOP nearly upon us, Barry Carter highlights six players who are probably due a WSOP bracelet win. See if you agree with the list.

Martin Jacobson

// people have come closer to a major title without winning than Martin Jacobson of Sweden. He has made three EPT and three WPT final tables, as well as two WSOP and a WSOPE final table - yet still no first place to boast of. 

Last year was perhaps his best shot at becoming a massive name, when he came 6th in the $111,111 One Drop for $807,427.

This year has started well for Jacobson, making two High Roller finals at the Aussie Millions for six-figure scores, to add to his $4.7 million career earnings. 

Marvin Rettenmaier

// Germans are dominating the High Rollers right now, but one very prolific player on the normal tournament circuit is Marvin 'xcrash154' Rettenmaier.

He is a big winner on the EPT side event circuit, and best known for being the only man to win back-to-back World Poker Tour titles, which has led to his $4.7 million in career earnings.

But the World Series of Poker is always a festival where Marvin has seemed to underperform. That can't happen forever, and maybe this will be the year of 'Mad Marvin' at the World Series. It would certainly be one of the most well attended and fun rails of the year if so. 

Chris Moorman

// year Chris Moorman finally got rid of the mantle of 'best player without a major tournament title'. Now he is arguably just the best player without a WSOP bracelet. 

Moorman is quite simply the best online tournament player of all time, and this year his online skills translated to the live arena when he won the WPT LA Poker Classic. 

That would be enough for most players, but Moorman has had so many near misses in bracelet events (Earning over $2.3 million in WSOP events so far) that the WSOP is still unfinished business. 

Stephen Chidwick

// that Moorman has a WPT title, another contender for best player without a major title is Stephen Chidwick of the UK.

Chidwick has had a multitude of near misses in major tournaments, and including big runs in the 2010, 2012 and 2013 WSOPs.

He is also a mixed game specialist on top of his No Limit skills, meaning he is a contender in some of the more esoteric events with smaller fields. 

Ole Schemion

// these 'best without' lists are full of people who have come close several times, but this inclusion is quite unique.

Ole 'olekonjole' Schemion doesn't have a WSOP bracelet because until now, he hasn't been old enough to play for one. However, he has so dominated the European poker scene for what seems like an eternity before turning 21, that he has to be one of the favourites to claim the gold this year.

Amazingly Schemion is top of the Global Poker Index rankings despite never having played in the US. We expect him to make a huge impression at his first ever WSOP this summer.

Sam Trickett

// UK player is one of the biggest earners at the WSOP despite not boasting a bracelet, by virtue of the fact that he came 2nd in One Drop for $10 million. He is expected to play One Drop again this year. 

Unlike many of his Super High Roller friends, Trickett is desperate for a bracelet and likely to play as many of the $1,500 level events as he is the big buy-in tournaments. 

He has already made several WSOP final tables and all he needs now to cement his place as one of the best all round players in the world is a major title like a bracelet. 

Who did I miss from the list? I was thinking of Patrik Antonius but he is not that active in the smaller WSOP tournaments, and I left out a lot of Super High Rollers because they also don't play as many smaller events. Let me know who you think is the best tournament player without a bracelet right now. 

// Carter is the editor of and the co-author of The Mental Game of Poker 1 & 2. He has been working in the poker industry for nine years and in 2013 won the APAT Award for Best Poker Media Provider. You can learn more about his work here

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  • ArtySmokes


    According to Negreanu on the ESPN podcast, Schemion won't be going to Vegas for "tax reasons". I'm not sure if DNegs has first-hand knowledge of Schemion's plans, but it will be a bit of a shame if the GPI crusher doesn't go to the WSOP now he's finally old enough. You've got a bet on Ole too, haven't you Barry?
  • Alficor1


    You missed like five germans bro.
  • BarryCarter


    #2 I didn't. Most of the big German high rollers are unlikely to play a high volume of lower buyin events like the guys on this list.
  • IvicaIliev77


    I like the list. Martin, Marvin, Moorman and Tricket are favorites for me :)
  • Alficor1


    @3 But the title is "The best players in Europe without a WSOP bracelet", not "The best players in Europe without a bracelet who are likely to play a shit ton of events and maybe win one", right?
  • BarryCarter


    No, I was going to go for that title actually but it exceeded the world limit
  • jr609


    Marvin play very well.