There was talk that the game of poker had passed by Phil Hellmuth, but this year he showed the world that he was not done with the game and the game was still his to lose. Hellmuth capped his great WSOP performance with a masterful game in the World Series of Poker Europe Main Event.
This win ups his record to 13 WSOP bracelets. Earlier this year he bagged his only non-holdem bracelet in a $2,500 buyin Razz tournament at the Rio in Las Vegas Nevada. The “Poker Brat” then traveled to Cannes in France for the annual European version of the World Series of Poker. After his one million Euros ($1.3 million) win in the main event Phil said “This was the best I have ever played. I was all in just once.”
Hellmuth defeated Ukranian Sergii Baranov when Baranov took a stand with Ace-Four. Phil called with Ace-Ten and the Ukranian got no help. Before, Phil knocked out Stephane Albertini with a little river magic holding a 77 vs the Frenchman’s JJ. That magical 7 on the river got it to heads up play where Hellmuth wore down his opponent with selective pressure until Sergii unwisely fought back at the wrong time.
Phil Hellmuth is brash, a bit of a complainer, and a shameless self-promoter but no one can say that he is not one of the best tournament poker players in the world.
Phil Hellmuth bracelets and years:
1989 $10,000 No Limit Hold’em World Championship
1992 $5,000 Limit Hold’em
1993 $1,500 No Limit Hold’em
1993 $2,500 No Limit Hold’em
1993 $5,000 Limit Hold’em
1997 $3,000 Pot Limit Hold’em
2001 $2,000 No Limit Hold’em
2003 $2,500 Limit Hold’em
2003 $3,000 No Limit Hold’em
2006 $1,000 No Limit Hold’em with rebuys
2007 $1,500 No Limit Hold’em
2012 $2,500 Seven-Card Razz
2012 €10,450 No Limit Hold’em Main Event (WSOP Europe)