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  • Phil Hellmuth Goes Gold for 12th Time in Career

    Monday, June 11th, 2012 by Ryan

If you are a fan of poker, then you absolutely know about the greatness of Phil Hellmuth, especially at the World Series of Poker. Hellmuth has been incredibly successful at the World Series of Poker and he had taken home 11 gold bracelets throughout his career. After yesterday though, he extended that number to 12 after taking down an impressive win in Event #18, the $2,500 Seven Card Razz event. He didn’t have an easy road either as the final table featured some big names, and the tournament itself had some of the stronger players in the game today competing to take down the first place prize and the gold bracelet.

While Hellmuth had already won more gold bracelets than any other player, he has now distanced himself from the competition by winning this one. Behind him in order is well-known players like Johnny Chan and Doyle Brunson who have won ten bracelets, and then Johnny Moss with nine. Phil Ivey and Erik Seidel are two players who have a shot to catch up as well to the Poker Brat as they both have won eight bracelets and are both young players as well. While Hellmuth does have 11 bracelets, he hadn’t won one since 2007, and could only pull in a third place finish from 2008 to 2010. Last year though he came incredibly close to taking down multiple bracelets as he finished in second place in three tournaments at the WSOP.

While Hellmuth had won 11 bracelets before this event, he had actually won them all in Texas Hold’em events, making his 12th bracelet even more special. He had won seven in No Limit Hold’em, three in Limit Hold’em, and one in Pot Limit Hold’em. He now has taken his talents outside of just Hold’em, and has shown that there are multiple reasons why he is one of the best poker players in the world.

In this event you could find some big named players as he was up against the likes of Barry Greenstein, Brandon Cantu, Scott Fischman, Brendan Taylor, and Michael Chow, who had all won gold bracelets in their career. And these were just the players that you found at the final table of the event! Interestingly his heads up opponent at the table was Don Zewin, who finished third behind Hellmuth and Johnny Chan in the 1989 Main Event. When the heads up match began Hellmuth was up 1.9 million to 400k in chips, but Zewin got his stack all the way up to 1 million before Hellmuth gained control again.

On the final hand Zewin had 3-9-6-K, while Hellmuth had A-4-2-A. Both players got a Jack on fifth, and both paired on sixth street. On the river Hellmuth showed that he was holding a 10, while Zewin looked at a 9 and told Hellmuth that he had it. Hellmuth took down a nice $182,793 for his efforts, and Zewin took down $113,024 for his second place finish.

Hellmuth is always a name to watch at the World Series of Poker, and we still have some massive events left to watch for, so I’m willing to bet that we’ll probably hear the name Phil Hellmuth quite a bit more at this year’s World Series.

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