When it comes to the best players in WSOP poker history, you got to put Phil Hellmuth’s name at the top of the list. He heads the list of the players with the most number of WSOP gold bracelets with 15 to his name. Poker legend Doyle Brunson, Phil Ivey and Johnny Chan sit in second place with 10 bracelets to their names.
Good Start At 2021 WSOP
Phil Hellmuth won his last WSOP bracelet back in 2018 and is keen on winning his 16th bracelet at the 2021 World Series of Poker (WSOP) which started on Sep 30 at the Rio in Las Vegas.
Hellmuth has had a good run during the first 10 days of the competition as he has cashed out on three occasions, making it to two final tables. The Poker Hall of Famer (PHoF) has collected a little over $180,000 for his efforts so far and is looking to build on his success and push for a WSOP gold bracelet win.
He hasted success rather quickly this year as he took 6th place in the Event #2: $25,000 H.O.R.S.E., which got him $95,329. His next victory was when he played Event #7: $1,500 Dealers Choice and had to settle for 18th place and a payout of $4,429. He continued to enjoy success during Event #9: $10,000 Omaha Hi-Lo 8 or Better Championship as he made the final table and finished in 5th place, taking home $80,894.
Even though he did not win any WSOP event, Hellmuth will be happy with these performances as he not only pocketed a little over $180,000 but he also finished with cashouts in three non-playing hold’em events, which is different for him considering he usually does well playing hold’em events.
Hellmuth Talks About Legacy
When you talk about poker elite and hall of famers, Hellmuth’s name is always going to be brought up for discussion. There are many in the poker community including Doyle Brunson who call Phil Hellmuth the greatest of all time. Hellmuth told media during the 2021 WSOP, that he recognizes the fact that the poker community have labeled him the GOAT but don’t necessarily view him as the best poker on the circuit right now.
He wants to change that image and believes the best way to go about that is to come out with strong performances at the 2021 WSOP. Hellmuth said that he thinks about his poker legacy constantly as he knows that a few years from now, he may no longer be considered the poker GOAT.
He believes the best way for him to further cement his poker legacy is to keep doing well at the WSOP, adding to his WSOP gold bracelet tally and capitalize on his good start at the 2021 WSOP.
Hellmuth is ranked 21 on the Hendon Mob’s All Time Money list with more than $25 million in prize money.
GOAT Status Will Be Challenged
Hellmuth is right when he says that he may no longer be considered the GOAT in a few years from now. One of the reasons for this is because poker operators are hosting high stakes poker action a lot more frequently now and the prize pools a huge. A number of younger poker pros such as Fedor Holz, Dan Colman and Jason Koon have lesser accomplishments at the WSOP than Hellmuth but a lot more prize money.
With the WSOP now handing out gold bracelets so frequently, its become a lot easier for poker players to climb up the WSOP bracelet list and challenge Phil Hellmuth.