Phil Hellmuth is among the living poker legends. He recently prolonged his lead as the highest World Series of Poker (WSOP) bracelet holder when he won his 17th bracelet and $803,818 in the $10,000 Super Turbo Bounty tournament.
The poker pro has seven bracelets, more than the second bracelet holder in WSOP’s history. They include the late Doyle Brunson, Johnny Chan, and Phile Ivey, who have 10 bracelets each.
Hellmuth beat 641 opponents in the latest tournament that ended in a day. It had a fast structure, and the dealer dealt its final hand at 5:20 a.m. So, the event lasted for over 15 hours.
Hellmuth’s recent bracelet was his 14th Hold’em bracelet since winning the first one in the 1989 WSOP Main Event. The player also won the 2012 WSOP Europe Main Event, thus being the first player to win the two main events. Still, he won three non-Hold’em gold bracelets; two in razz and one in no-limit deuce-to-seven single draw lowball.
He amassed 2,100 Card Player Player of the Year (POY) points in his recent win. It was his third final table to qualify and his second title to win this year after winning the U.S. Poker Open tournament in March.
Hellmuth has 2,755 total POY points and is in the 35th position in the POY race. Also, he garnered 804 PokerGO Tour (PGT) points and improved his position at the leaderboard to sixth place.
The leading 97 players in the tournament cashed. Some of them had deep runs, like Joe McKeehen, Gabe Kaplan, Markus Gonsalves, Tom Marchese, Brandon Steven, and Lawrence Brandt.
The Final Table’s Awards
- Phil Hellmuth – $803,818; 2,100 POY points and 804 PGT points
- Justin Zaki – $496,801;1,750 POY points and 497 PGT points
- Tom Kunze – $349,737;1,400 POY points and 350 PGT points
- Kelvin Kerber – $249,876;1,050 POY points and 250 PGT points
- Chris Savage – $181,230;875 POY points and 181 PGT points
- Phil Ivey – $133,461;700 POY points and 133 PGT points
- Brandon Steven – $99,817;525 POY points and 100 PGT points
- Marc Foggin – $75,837;350 POY points and 76 PGT points
- Abdella Ali – $58,546;175 POY points and 59 PGT points
Hellmuth’s Journey to His 17th Bracelet
Phil Ivey left the tournament in the sixth position. Justin Zaki’s Q-9 dominated Chris Savage’s pocket kings and sent him packing in fifth place. Tom Kunze’s K-3 beat Kelvin Kerber’s Q-10 suited and ended his run in fourth place.
Kunze’s pair lost to Hellmuth’s kings, and he left the table in third place. His exit kicked off heads-up action between Zaki and Hellmuth.
Zaki missed a double-up even though the spade was the event’s last card. Hellmuth busted him as the runner-up with $496,801.
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