Phil Hellmuth might want to look over his shoulder because someone is creeping up on his World Series of Poker (WSOP) records.  Men “The Master” Nguyen, a fixture in live poker tournaments, captured his seventh WSOP gold bracelet over the weekend, winning the prestigious $10,000 Seven Card Stud World Championship.  For his victory, Nguyen cashed for $394,807.
Having hit the lucky seven, Men “The Master” is still well behind Hellmuth’s eleven for the all-time bracelet lead.  For that matter, he is still behind Johnny Chan and Doyle Brunson, both with ten, Johnny Moss with nine, and Erik Seidel, who has eight.  It is not entirely unreasonable, however, to think that he might be able to catch “The Poker Brat” in a couple other categories, although it would take a heck of a run by Nguyen and a cold streak by Hellmuth to the two to converge any time real soon.
The Master’s win was also his 67th World Series of Poker cash, which puts him second behind Hellmuth, who has 76.  Chris “Jesus” Ferguson is the only other player with more than 60; he has 61 WSOP cashes.  It was also his 38th WSOP final table (think about that for a minute), which ties him with T.J. Cloutier.  Both are behind Hellmuth, who has 41 final table appearances.  The all-time bracelet king came close to his 42nd final table last week, placing 15th in the $1,500 No-Limit Event.
In an interview with WSOP media officials after the tournament, Nguyen expressed a combination of joy and relief, saying, “This is very, very big for me. The last two bracelets I won were in 2003, and now it’s 2010. I have not won any bracelets because a lot of people have come into our poker world. I haven’t won because it’s kind of hard now. It’s hard to break through.”
This was Nguyen’s fourth bracelet in Stud.  He also has one in Limit Hold’em, one in Ace-Five Triple Draw Lowball, and one in Omaha Eight or Better.  Because his strengths have been in less popular games and most of his bracelets came before the poker boom, his total cash winnings at the World Series of Poker do not add up the way some might think, considering his stats.  With “only” $2,689,275 in lifetime WSOP winnings, Nguyen ranks 39th on the all-time list.
It was a strong final table at the $10,000 Seven Card Stud World Championship.  Michael “The Grinder” Mizrachi, coming off his first WSOP win in the $50,000 Player’s Championship, placed sixth, while the runner-up from that event once again finished a spot behind Mizrachi, ending up in seventh place.  Steve “MrSmokey1” Bilirakis, who was once the youngest bracelet winner ever, placed third, and Joe Cassidy came in fifth.  Finishing second to Men “The Master” Nguyen was Full Tilt Poker pro Brandon Adams.  On the final hand, Adams had the best holding until the river, but King appeared on seventh street, giving Nguyen a pair of Kings, just better than Adams’ pair of Queens.
2010 WSOP $10,000 Seven Card Stud World Championship Final Table Results
1. Men “The Master” Nguyen – $394,800
2. Brandon Adams – $243,958
3. Steve “MrSmokey1” Bilirakis – $152,788
4. Nikolay Evdakov – $110,629
5. Joe Cassidy – $86,461
6. Michael “The Grinder” Mizrachi – $68,949
7. Vladimir Schmelev – $55,991
8. Sirious Jamshidi – $46,206

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