RANK & FILE: Bryan Piccioli Closes Out $5M 2017 WSOP for Former #1s


Former #1-ranked PocketFivers had a pretty good overall summer.

The 2017 World Series of Poker is over and once again, former #1 PocketFivers had a summer to remember, including two bracelet wins and another Main Event final table appearance.

Bryan ‘theczar19’ Piccioli is Last #1 Standing

Bryan ‘theczar19’ Piccioli managed to make it through 7,215 other players in the Main Event before busting in sixth place. He walked away with $1,675,000 – by far the biggest live or online score of his career.

There were five other former #1-ranked players who managed to score a Main Event cash. The best of that five was Brian ‘brianm15’ England, who finished 208th for $46,096. Doc Sands, Taylor Paur, Aaron Gustavson and Alex Kamberis also managed to find the cashier cage in poker’s most prestigious event.

Only British Grinders Named Chris Win Bracelets

Chris Moorman and Christopher Brammer were the only former #1-ranked players to grab WSOP gold this summer. Moorman kicked things off by winning the $3,000 Six Max No Limit Hold’em event in mid-June for the first bracelet of his career. It also came with a $498,682 payday.

Just one week later, Brammer won the $5,000 No Limit Hold’em Turbo event for $527,555 and the first bracelet of his career. After winning, Brammer reflected on the only other time he’d gotten close to winning a bracelet.

“That one hurt for a long time. I made a final table at World Series of Europe that same year, but there hasn’t been any since, and I’ve been coming here every year. It’s been a while,” said Brammer.

The Cash Master: Shaun Deeb

There were 25 former #1s that managed to record at least one WSOP cash this year, but none managed to record as many as Shaun Deeb. Ten times over the course of the seven weeks, Deeb managed to make it into the money.

He got close to adding his name to the bracelet winners list, finishing runner-up to Ben Yu in the $10,000 Triple Draw Lowball Championship for $143,842. He also made the final table of the $10,000 Seven Card Stud Championship, eventually finishing seventh.

Deeb’s total earnings for the summer were $394,497.

The Six Figure Club

Piccioli was the only player to make more than $1,000,000 this summer, but there were nine other players with winnings of at least $100,000. Moorman, Brammer and Deeb are all on the list as are Chris Hunichen and Jordan Young – both of whom finished runner-up in a bracelet event.

Bryan Piccioli $1,707,981.00
Chris Moorman $549,026.00
Chris Brammer $528,799.00
Shaun Deeb $394,497.00
Chris Hunichen $381,976.00
Paul Volpe $265,558.00
Jordan Young $262,663.00
Yevgeniy Timoshenko $234,948.00
Tim West $147,192.00
Sorel Mizzi $144,156.00

The Totals

This group managed to put up 106 total cashes and two bracelet wins this summer with $5,053,524 in earnings. Last year the same group had 110 cashes, three bracelet wins and $11,729,142 in earnings, bolstered by the Main Event final table appearances from Cliff Josephy and Griffin Benger.