Phil Hellmuth Takes Down WSOPE Main Event; Mike Watson Wins High Roller EventTuesday, October 9th, 2012 by Ryan
The World Series of Poker is one of the most prestigious poker events in the world today. The World Series of Poker Europe was in full fledge this past week, and its Main Event came to a close with one of the biggest names in poker pulling in a huge win. The name Phil Hellmuth means a lot to poker players today, and heading into the WSOPE, Hellmuth was feeling strong about his game. Throughout the WSOPE events, he had made some nice runs, and was hoping to land his 13th World Series of Poker bracelet before all was said and done. What better place to do this then in the Main Event right? Well, it was the finale of the 2012 World Series of Poker Europe, so all eyes were locked in on the tournament.
This tournament had some great play throughout, but it took a full five days of action before we saw a a champion crowned. It was none other than Phil Hellmuth who ended up fighting for the win. Hellmuth has officially established himself as being one of the best (probably the best) tournament poker player in the entire world, as he has 13 gold bracelets which is indeed the record for bracelets. Over the past two years, Hellmuth has shown that he’s stronger than ever at this point in his career by pulling in big time finishes and winning a whole lot of cash.
As far as some of the different accomplishments that he’s had in the past two years, you’ll see that he’s not only finished first and second in the World Series of Poker Player of the Year race, won two gold bracelets at the World Series of Poker, and had a 4th place finish in the Big One for One Drop poker tournament, which awarded some hefty pay day’s to anyone who cashed it. It doesn’t stop there for Hellmuth either as he had a 2nd place finish in the 2011 $50k Players Championship at the WSOP, eight WSOP final tables, and over $6 million, JUST in the past two years.
For anyone who’s curious, his accomplishments obviously started far before the past two years. Pulling in 13 gold bracelets is impressive, but he’s also the all-time leader in cashes and final tables at the World Series of Poker, and is 3rd on the all-time money list as well. To top it off for this incredible player, he’s one of the members of the Poker Hall of Fame.
*Mike Watson Wins High Roller Event*
Don’t let Hellmuth’s win overshadow another big win for Mike Watson, who took down the €50,000 Majestic High Roller. There were 51 players who bought into this event, and there were rebuys included as well (nine total). This meant that the prize pool came to a total of €2.88 million, and the top eight were paid out, but nine came back for the last day of action. There were quite a few well-known players in this event left to the final nine, including John Juanda, Philipp Gruissem, Tobias Reinkemeier, Steve O’Dwyer, and David Benefield just to name a few.
When the action was down to only three players, it was Juanda, Richard Yong, and Watson. The three took a dinner break and things got rolling from there. Yong was all-in on the first hand after dinner against Watson, and Yong doubled up. This left Yong with 3.4 million and Watson with 2.5 million chips. Yong kept rolling from there, but then Watson made a fight back and ended up eliminating Yong in third place before he even knew what had happened. This set up a heads up match between himself and Juanda.
Juanda had the chip lead to start it out, but Watson kept fighting back. Watson was able to double up on a big hand with A-J against the A-K of Juanda, when he hit a Jack on the turn. This left Watson with a huge chip lead, and Watson got the job done with K-J against the K-10 of Juanda. This sent Watson home as the winner with €1,000,000, and Juanda pulling in the second place pay day of €600,000.