15th Career WSOP Bracelet!
While the eyes of the poker world were focused on the 2018 World Series of Poker Main Event, for a couple of hours their focus shifted to Event #71 of the 2018 WSOP, $5,000 No-Limit Hold’em, as Phil Hellmuth, the most prolific winner in WSOP history, won his record-extending 15th gold WSOP bracelet!
The record 15th win for Hellmuth pushes him five clear of all other players in the WSOP’s lifetime bracelet standings. Doyle Brunson, Johnny Chan, and Phil Ivey remain Hellmuth’s closest competitors with 10 event wins each. The cash was also the 134th of Hellmuth’s WSOP career, extending yet another record, swelling his lifetime earnings to $14,555,566.
Hellmuth looked destined for a third-place finish, as he started play well behind both Wolansky and Sternberg until an unusual hand sent Sternberg to the rail in third. That brought on the duel between Wolansky and Hellmuth, with Wolansky well ahead.
The end came just seven hands later, when Wolansky moved all in for his last 3.65 million with Ad 9c, and Hellmuth quickly called with 3s 3h.
The 9s appeared in the window to a cheer from Wolansky’s rail, but when the full flop was spread, 2h 3c 9s, Hellmuth’s large rail erupted. The 6d turn sealed the hand and the win, and a meaningless 8h river crowned the winner.
When asked what extending the bracelet record meant, Hellmuth said, “[Number] thirteen in Europe was really humbling for me. So was fourteen. And so was fifteen. It’s humbling.”
Tradition follows as will be giving away the bracelet to someone close. “This bracelet is going to one of my best friends, Bill Lee. Bill Lee is the best angel investor in history; he’s Elon Musk’s best friend. “I promised him I would win him a bracelet. But I promised it a long time ago. I told him he has to fly here to collect the thing! I said, ‘I want you to be here when I win it!’ He’s not here.
Hellmuth also freely talked about the incident during the WSOP Main Event a few days ago involving opponent James Campbell (read article here: The Hammer Goes Down On Phil Hellmuth) wherein he launched an outsized rant mid-hand that may or may not have affected later action. (Campbell busted in the hand, after a Hellmuth fold.) Social-media criticism led Hellmuth to reexamine the episode, and Hellmuth voluntarily put up the $10,000 to put Campbell into the 2019 Main Event.
Hellmuth’s vast skills as a tournament pro stand unparalleled as he also recorded the most in-the-money finished and most final table appearances!
IN OTHER NEWS
THREE-WAY ALL-IN HAND DECIDED THE WSOP FINAL TABLE
What a way to decide the final table at the 2018 World Series of Poker Main Event. Three players with incredible hands shoved all-in. Nicolas Manion raised right away to 1.5 million with pocket Aces. Antoine Labat and his pocket Kings called, and Rich Zhu who also had pocket kings went all-in with 24.7 million chips.
Manion went all-in and Labat took his time to decide he too would call. The gallery stood still watching in excitement as the cards played out and maybe some disbelief. Before the flop, there were nearly 76 MILLION chips in the pot.
The flop was a 7-J-4 and Zhu was drawing dead at that point. Labat needed a pair of clubs for a flush, but a 3 of spades on the turn meant Labat would lose the hand.
The pocket aces held well and Manion ended up with the win and a spot in the final nine!
Here’s a look at the all American top six at the WSOP Main Event:
Catch all the action on Day 9 as they battle it out for millions of dollars!
ADITYA SUSHANT ELIMINATED IN 11TH PLACE ($37,530)
India’s front-runner and potential bracelet winner, Aditya Sushant was eliminated in the 11th place at WSOP’s Event #68 $1000 + 111 The Little One for One Drop No-Limit Hold’em.
Renato Kaneoya raised to 240,000 in middle position, Aditya Sushant three-bet shoved 1,235,000 from the cutoff, Richard Douglas cold-called on the button and Kaneoya flicked it away.
Aditya Sushant: Kh, Js
Richard Douglas: Qs, Qh
Sushant didn’t improve beyond a jack on Jd, 7h, 4d, 3s, 5d and bowed out in 11th. Kudos for the deep run Aditya!