“Poker Brat” Phil Hellmuth is in the news again, this time for winning his record 14th World Series of Poker (WSOP) bracelet. Hellmuth, a 50-year-old professional poker player, is a resident of Palo Alto in California.
While playing the WSOP 2015 $10k Seven Card Razz Championship, he defeated a 103 strong field to win his 14th WSOP bracelet. This increases the distance between him and other winners of multiple WSOP bracelets such as Johnny Chan, Phil Ivey, and Doyle Brunson, who have won 10 WSOP bracelets each.
Hellmuth said: “It’s an amazing feeling. It’s one of those ones where I kept my head down the whole time. I tried to stay divorced from the result, detached from the result. I was just focusing on playing great, playing great, playing great.”
The pro has won a total of $271,105 in the above-mentioned tournament, as a result of which his lifetime live poker tournament winnings have crossed the $18,054,002 mark, putting him in the seventh position in the list of all-time earnings. As much as $12,783,905 of his lifetime earnings come from WSOP events as he has always performed brilliantly in WSOP tournaments after winning the WSOP main event in 1989.
Hellmuth has announced that he will give the bracelet to the family of his late friend Dave Goldberg.
The final table was populated with WSOP bracelet winners such as Thomas Keller, Mike Gorodinsky, Brandon Shack-Harris, and Mike Leah. While Shaun Deeb finished in the ninth place, Erik Seidel finished in the 11th position. Hellmuth therefore had to deal with some tough competition.
The final table play ultimately boiled down to a heads-up match between Gorondinsky and Hellmuth, with the former in the chip lead. Ultimately, it was Hellmuth who emerged as the champion, winning $271,105 and 600 Player of the Year (POY) Points. Mike Gorodinsky became the runner-up, winning $167,517 and 500 POY Points.
Hellmuth has so far won two WSOP bracelets while playing Razz events. He won his other 12 bracelets while playing variants of Hold’em. Last year, he had become the runner-up of a $1,500 buy-in Razz tourney at WSOP 2014.
The players who finished third, fourth, fifth, sixth, seventh, and eighth were Adam Owen ($104,914 and 400 POY Points), Mike Leah ($75,964 and 300 POY Points), Thomas Keller ($59,370 and 250 POY Points), Jyri Merivirta ($47,344 and 200 POY Points), Stephen Chidwick ($38,447 and 150 POY Points), and Brandon Shack-Harris ($31,727 and 100 POY Points), respectively.