Phil Hellmuth in Eleventh Heaven
The 'Poker Brat', Phil Hellmuth, has claimed his eleventh WSOP bracelet at The Rio, Las Vegas. Event #15, the $1500 No Limit Hold'em tournament, concluded in the early hours on this morning with Hellmuth the grinning victor.
Love him of loathe him, few would deny Phil Hellmuth has an impressive record at WSOP events. The 'Poker Brat' has now increased his bracelet haul with another victory. The $1500 No Limit Hold'em event, event #15, attracted a huge field. None were good enough to stop Hellmuth claiming his record breaking eleventh title.
Sitting on ten bracelets prior to the event, Hellmuth was tied with the legends that are Johnny Chan and Doyle Brunson for most bracelet wins. As WSOP fields have been breaking record after record for player attendances it is all the more remarkable that Phil has claimed his eleventh title this year, during one of the more popular side events.
The final was no walk in the park for Hellmuth. Despite a healthy looking chip stack he was by no means the obvious favourite to win the tournament. The final table line up looked like this:
Seat 1: Rick Fuller - 1,779,000
Seat 2: Scott Clements - 1,232,000
Seat 3: Morgan Machina - 834,000
Seat 4: Fabrice Soulier - 344,000
Seat 5: Ut Nguyen - 624,000
Seat 6: David Simon - 880,000
Seat 7: Andy Philacheck - 446,000
Seat 8: Phil Hellmuth - 1,482,000
Seat 9: Taylor Douglas - 259,000
It wasn't too long before the final was down to four and everybody at The Rio could sense this was Phil Hellmuth's day. Hellmuth took a large chip lead into the final four and simply moved through the gears to get heads up with Andy Philacheck.
Lady luck smiled on Phil in the concluding hand, though. Philacheck moved all-in with a strong looking A-T. Indeed, it got even stronger when Hellmuth called showing A-3! The flop changed everything as a 3 fell. There was no help for Philacheck on turn or river. A delighted Phil Hellmuth celebrated his eleventh title with the help of Johnny Chan and Doyle Brunson. Both of whom presented Phil with his bracelet in a superb gesture of sportsmanship.
The final nine players and their cash positions were:
1. Phil Hellmuth - $637,254
2. Andy Philacheck - $394,594
3. Rick Fuller - $247,518
4. Morgan Machina - $161,425
5. Scott Clements - $112,997
6. David Simon - $82,506
7. Fabrice Soulier - $64,570
8. Ut Nguyen - $48,427
9. Taylor Douglas - $38,025
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