Phil Hellmuth had another great run at the 2021 WSOP playing the $10K Dealer’s Choice event. Hellmuth who won his 16th WSOP bracelet earlier this week once again made the final table and went deep as he and Adam Friedman had to battle it out in the end.
Adam Friedman Stops Phil Hellmuth
Friedman played against one of the best poker players in the world and ended up getting the better of Hellmuth in this event. Friedman has enjoyed tremendous success playing the $10K Dealer’s Choice event as he has won the event on the last two occasions and was brimming with confidence even though he was playing Hellmuth.
He had to fight really hard to as it looked like Hellmuth was going to win but Friedman made an impressive comeback. Friedman won his third consecutive $10K Dealer’s Choice event and took home $248,350 for his first place finish. Hellmuth who finished in second place had to settle for $153,493. Hellmuth was disappointed at falling short but did not have any emotional outburst at the table like he did prior to winning his 16th bracelet.
Friedman was delighted with his win as he will go down in WSOP history as being the first and as of now the only player to win three Dealer Choice events consecutively. He said playing the Dealer’s Choice event is a very special feeling and players who take part in this event, keep coming back every year as they realize how special it is.
In a statement, Friedman said “This $10k is so much different from every other $10k event because if you look at every other tournament, there’s been a less percentage drop off compared to every other event. People that play in this tournament – they want to play in it again and again because it’s so addicting. There are so many games you don’t get to play in other events, so many thought processes and strategies. It’s such a unique tournament”.
Dealer’s Choice Championship Event
The 2021 $10K Dealer’s Choice event saw a total of 93 registrations which brought the total prize pool to $930,000. The top 14 players finished in the money and the top 5 took home over $50,000. Mike Matusow was pretty confident he could win the event but ended up finishing in 5th place to take home $56,826.
Carol Fuchs had a good run during the final table but exited in fourth place with a cashout of $77,437. Jake Schwartz played well throughout the event but could not get past third place. He received a 6 figure payout and collected $107,861 for his third place finish.
The total number of players at the 2021 $10K Dealer’s Choice event dipped this year which does not come as a surprise since there are still limits on international players traveling to the United States. The ban on international travel will only be lifted on Nov 8. The lack of international players is one reason why the numbers for this event dipped.
The 2018 edition saw a total of 111 registrations while the 209 edition had a total of 112 registrations.
Friedman Wins Fourth WSOP Bracelet
This win is extra special for Friedman as it gives him his fourth WSOP bracelet and brings his total WSOP winnings to over $2 million. The Ohio poker pro now has close to $3.4 million in career prize money based on the Hendon Mob. Given his success at the $10K Dealer’s Choice event during the last three years, he will be back again in 2022 to defend his title!