Phil Hellmuth told us that he was about to play a pot with when his phone rang. It was his parents calling from the rail, so Hellmuth ditched his hand to go chat with the folks. When he returned to the table, the board showed , and a player with jack-nine had made a straight on the river. Hellmuth said he would have gone broke in that pot.
On the next hand, Hellmuth played pocket deuces in a heads-up pot. The flop came , and Hellmuth was able to stack a player who got it in with queen-jack.
Rather than going broke with queen-trey, Hellmuth has knocked out a player and nearly doubled his way up to 43,000, his high point since joining the field about an hour ago.