Phil Hellmuth started the 2021 WSOP on a great note and has continued to do well throughout the tournament. As the 2021 WSOP comes to a close, Hellmuth is continuing to finish in the money and push his case to finish as the WSOP Player of the Year (POY).
Hellmuth Finishes Second In $50K PLO High Roller
With the 2021 WSOP Main Event in the books, the attention shifted to Event #84: $50,000 Pot-Limit Omaha High Roller. The $50,000 buy-in ensured that only the best high stakes poker players in the world would be at the tables and that the competition would be tough.
A total of 85 high stakes players registered for the event to boost the total guaranteed prize pool to $4,069,375, where the eventual winner was set to walk away with over a million in prize money. Some of the biggest names in high stakes poker including Dan Smith, Chance Kornuth, Dan Cates, Daniel Negreanu, Phil Hellmuth and Shaun Deeb took part.
When the action boiled down to the final 9 players, the two biggest names at the table were Daniel Negreanu and Phil Hellmuth. Negreanu hasn’t won anything significant at the 2021 WSOP and this was a great moment for the Canadian poker pro to make a big statement. Hellmuth and Negreanu played well and made it to the final 3 along with Jeremy Ausmus.
The action between Ausmus, Hellmuth and Negreanu was intense as they battled it out for over three hours before Negreanu lost and exited in third place. His third place got him $519,764. Hellmuth was keen to win his second event at the 2021 WSOP but Ausmus put up a great fight and eliminated Hellmuth in second place.
The Poker Brat received his biggest payout at the 2021 WSOP for finishing second and took home $734,807 while Ausmus received $1,188,918 for his first place finish.
Hellmuth Creates New Singles Record
Hellmuth entered the 2021 WSOP as the player with the most number of WSOP gold bracelets to his name. He ended up winning the Event #31: $1,500 No-Limit 2-7 Lowball Draw in October and collected his 17th WSOP bracelet. He continued to do well at the WSOP and made five more final tables to tie the record of making six final tables at the 2021 WSOP.
The only other player who had made it to six final tables at the WSOP was An Tran who achieved the milestone back in 1993. While Tran held the record for the most number of final table appearances at a single WSOP tournament, we must point out that Tran never won a WSOP bracelet during the 1993 edition and he also failed to make it as a runner-up.
Hellmuth ended up breaking Tran’s record of the most WSOP final table appearances at a single WSOP as soon as he made the final table. He now holds another WSOP record having made 7 final tables at the 2021 WSOP. He has made over $1.2 million in prize money from his seven WSOP final table finishes and has now pushed his total career prize money past $26.1 million and sits in 18th place on the Hendon Mob’s All Time Money list.
Hellmuth In Second Place On POY Leaderboard
Hellmuth’s second-place finish at the $50K PLO High Roller has also boosted his WSOP POY points. Hellmuth now sits in second place with 3,664.09 points and is less than 333 points behind WSOP POY leader Josh Arieh who has 3,996.87 points. Hellmuth would love to finish as the WSOP POY and cap off a great 2021 WSOP.