Phil Hellmuth will take part in the World Series of Poker (WSOP) Circuit tournament Main Event, which is scheduled to begin on March 6 – 7. The starting flights will be held on March 6 – 7 and the event will conclude only on March 9.
Hellmuth, who has won 13 WSOP bracelets in the course of his lucrative career, has also finished in the cash in 100 WSOP tournaments. He has won over $18 million in live poker tournament alone. Widely known as the Poker Brat, Hellmuth rarely turns up at WSOP Circuit events.
Steve Dannenmann of Severn and Dennis Phillips of St. Louis will also be taking part in the same event. Dannenmann, a popular local poker player, finished as the runner-up of the Main Event of 2005 and took home a prize of $4.25 million. On the other hand, Phillips finished third and collected $4.51 million in the 2008 Main Event.
Dannenmann and Hellmuth had a tiff at the Tournament of Champions event of 2005, which was shown on TV. The two poker pros became friendlier later on, and Dannenmann even gave Hellmuth a stuffed donkey at a poker game.
The championship event at the Horseshoe Casino in Baltimore has a buy-in of $1,675. The series comprises a total of 14 tournaments and began in February 26. The WSOP Circuit comprises 22 events, which will be hosted at casinos all over the US from August to May. The grand finale is a national championship tournament, which will be held at a casino that has not yet been named. However, it will be held just before the WSOP begins at the Las Vegas based Rio All-Suite Hotel and Casino at May end.
So far, a poker player from Colorado won one of the biggest prizes to be won at a casino tournament held in Maryland. Jesse Mills, a resident of Lafayette, won a prize of $106,305 playing a $365 buy-in NL Hold’em Re-buy tournament with a field of 2,403 entries. The local player who finished in the highest position was Michael Stiller of Baltimore. He finished fourth and won $38,633.
When the Horseshoe tournament comes to an end, Maryland Live! will launch the $1 Million Live! Poker Classic, an event that will be played from March 9 and March 23. This event will comprise 15 tournaments, the highlight being the $2,200 buy-in championship tournament with a guaranteed prize of $300k.