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Phil Hellmuth proves once again why he is considered as the ‘GOAT’ in poker. On Sunday, October 17, the most decorated poker player a.k.a. ‘The Poker Brat’ clinched his unparalleled sixteenth World Series of Poker (WSOP) gold bracelet in the 52nd Annual WSOP Event #31: $1,500 No-Limit 2-7 Lowball Draw at the Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino for $84,851! With Phil Ivey, Johnny Chan and Doyle Brunson all tied in second place with 10 WSOP bracelets each, its gong to be a while before anyone catches up to Hellmuth.
After the win, Hellmuth said, “I’ve wanted a deuce-to-seven bracelet ever since the 1980s because it was the coolest bracelet to win,” He added, “It was the one tournament that Chip [Reese] and Doyle [Brunson] showed up for. All of the big-name poker players, such as Billy Baxter – all the champions showed up for that one tournament. It was a $10K with rebuys, so they would be in for $50,000. I wanted this bracelet so badly.”
Hellmuth won heads-up against Jake Schwartz, who earned $52,502.
Talking about his struggle to win a bracelet in the deuce-to-seven variant, Hellmuth shared, “I’ve been fighting so hard for this bracelet for so long in the deuce-to-seven. My game has gotten better and better and better. I’ve worked really hard at it, and I know all of these tricks because I’ve been playing it since the 1980s.”
For the all-time WSOP leader in scores, this was his fourth final table score at the 2021 WSOP series and his 157th WSOP ITM score, boosting his lifetime WSOP scores tally to $13,595,225. His latest win has boosted his live tournament earnings to $25,257,666.
He said, “I felt like I was unlucky at three final tables after putting myself in a great position, and I think there is more skill in deuce-to-seven. If you have great reads, you can do things that no one else does. You can make calls that no one else makes. I just seemed to understand what everyone had every hand, and that reading ability translated well for me.”
Hellmuth won his first bracelet at the age of 24 years when he defeated Johnny Chan heads-up during the 1989 WSOP Main Event to become the youngest WSOP Main Event champion in history. He is also the only player to win the WSOP Main Event and the WSOP Europe Main Event.
This is Hellmuth’s first WSOP gold bracelet in a deuce-to-seven poker game and his third in a non-Hold’em variation.
“It’s harder to win in the mixed games,” Hellmuth said, “If I can win four or five mixed bracelets, then I think it’s going to say a lot about my legacy. I think I’m playing a bunch of games at a world-class level now. In Omaha eight-or-better, I think I’m going to win bracelets. In seven-card stud, I’m 99%, and I think I could still get a little bit better. Razz, obviously, I have the best record in razz in history.”
“I’ve studied these games my whole life, so I have all the knowledge. What’s been killing me is that I get tired, and I blow it. Or I get tilted, and I blow it. I’ll be down here at the Rio, and it’s one in the morning, and I’m so tired. And I just play a bunch of bad hands, and I’m out.”
“I keep getting down there (to the final table.) Today I told myself no swearing tirades and no threats. I swore a little bit, and I am sure the cameras caught it, but I was a lot more mellow, probably because I went too far the other day.”
Hellmuth thinks he can run his gold bracelet total up to at least 24, all while adding more mixed game bracelets to cement his legacy. In the meantime, the champion has some much-needed rest in store as he said, “I’m probably going to give myself two days off. There might be a big tournament I want to play on Monday or Tuesday, but I’m going to give myself the day off.”
Check out all his bracelet wins below:
|1989||$10,000 WSOP Main Event||$755,000|
|1992||Event #8: $5,000 Limit Hold'em||$188,000|
|1993||Event #7: $2,500 No-Limit Hold'em||$173,000|
|1993||Event #8: $1,500 No-Limit Hold'em||$161,400|
|1993||Event #9: $5,000 Limit Hold'em||$138,000|
|1997||Event #15: $3,000 Pot-Limit Hold'em||$204,000|
|2001||Event #3: $2,000 No-Limit Hold'em||$316,550|
|2003||Event #12: $2,500 Limit Hold'em||$171,400|
|2003||Event #32: $3,000 No-Limit Hold'em||$410,860|
|2006||Event #34: $1,000 No-Limit Hold'em||$631,863|
|2007||Event #15: $1,500 No Limit Hold'em||$637,25|
|2012||Event #18: $2,500 Seven Card Razz||$182,793|
|2012||WSOPE €10,000 Main Event||€1,022,376 ($1,333,841)|
|2015||Event #17: $10,000 Razz Championship||$271,105|
|2018||Event #71: $5,000 No Limit Holdem||$485,082|
|2021||Event #31: $1,500 No-Limit 2-7 Lowball Draw||$84,851|
The $1,500 buy-in lowball event drew a star-studded field of 272 contenders, generating a prize pool of $363,120. The top 41 places walked past the money line with at least $2,445.
Players to post deep runs include Jason Papastavrou (10th for $5,877), Noel Eicher (12th for $4,663), Ismael Bojang (13th for $4,663), Ali Imsirovic (14th for $4,663), Todd Brenn (16th for $3,725), and former WSOP bracelet winners Andrew Donabedian (17th for $3,725), Jonathan Aguiar (18th for $3,725).
The 2013 WSOP Main Event champion Ryan Riess was eliminated in ninth place for $7,602 to set the eight-handed final table in motion.
The 2019 WSOP Main Event runner-up finisher, Dario Sammartino started the final table as the chip leader with a stack of 1,196,000 chips. Phil Hellmuth (1,120,000) and Jake Schwartz (1,006,000) rounded out the top three stacks at the final table.
Final Table Chip Counts
Final Table Recap
The shortest stack at the start of the final table, Kevin Gerhart, was eliminated in eighth place by Rep Porter.
After almost ninety minutes of play, Jason Lipiner was sent to the rails in seventh place by Joshua Faris. Lipiner stood pat holding and Faris drew one holding . Faris was dealt with eliminating Lipiner.
Soon after, the start of the final table chip leader Dario Sammartino was knocked out in sixth place when he shoved and ran into Rep Porter’s (perfect wheel).
During level 24, Joshua Faris got busted in fifth place when his fell short against two-time bracelet winner Chris Vitch’s .
Next in line was the start of Day 3 chip leader, three-time bracelet winner Rep Porter was knocked out in third place. His (pair of fives) was outdrawn by Jake Schwartz with .
Soon after that, two-time bracelet winner Chris Vitch’s fell short against Phil Hellmuth’s as he hit the rails in third place.
The heads-up action between Jake Schwartz (3,700,000) and Phil Hellmuth (3,100,000) began with the Schwartz having a marginal chip lead over Hellmuth. Hellmuth was down a bit but fought back and took the chip lead.
In the tournament’s final hand, Hellmuth went all-in from the dealer’s button position, and Schwartz called for his tournament life. Hellmuth drew two with and Schwartz drew one card holding . Hellmuth was dealt with to seal the deal, leaving Schwartz drawing dead. Hellmuth clinched his 16th WSOP bracelet for $84,851.
Final Table Results (USD)
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