Something I find interesting is how little it actually means to win the Main Event these days in terms of player profile.
It used to be that everyone who won the Main Event became an instant superstar and celebrity in the poker world - take someone like Joe Hachem, for example. We've all heard of him, even though he was just an amateur before he won and let's face it, he really hasn't done a great deal of note since either.
As I sit typing this now though, I honestly can't even remember the name of whoever won last year - was it Greg something? I do remember Pius Heinz from the year before (must be that damn annoying chant his fans had that drilled it into my brain) but I reckon he could probably walk into most poker rooms in the world and at best he'd just get "Hey, isn't that the guy that won the main event?" from the majority of players.
I guess after Jamie Gold and Hachem and Jerry Yang and Darvin Moon we've seen that running deep in, and even winning, the Main Event alone doesn't make you a player worth being interested in.
Originally Posted by SicKBeATz
...with the exception of Farha and Dwan (not sure if they've won one or not)...
Farha has three bracelets, all in Omaha ($2500 PLO in 1996, $5000 O8 in 2006 and $10K O8 in 2010).
Dwan has no bracelets and no Main Event cashes - though keep in mind, we wasn't even eligible to play in the WSOP until 2008. His best WSOP result to date is a second place finish in a $1500 NLHE donkament in 2010 (a result which still had the high-stakes poker world crapping its pants over all the money they'd owe Dwan in side bets if he won.