The World Series of Poker 2012 has seen its share of drama this year but none like the recent win taken by the ‘Poker Brat’ Phil Hellmuth. He walked away with his record-breaking 12th WSOP bracelet. His sweeping win, saw him push through difficult positions in the final table of event 18.

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This win was his elusive ‘golden egg’, with a dry spell lasting 5 years.  The year 2007 spelled the last of his win’s before his record-breaking win this year. In his last win, he managed to win $637,254, while competing in event 15 of WSOP 2007. This year, Hellmuth managed the big ‘V’, and now holds a dozen WSOP bracelets.

Hellmuth walks into event 18 at Las Vegas, wearing his ‘game heart’ on his sleeve, prepared to take home the glory. The game lasted three days, with the last day leaving just 18 survivors. However, the final battle to the crown was everything but easy. Having to go against at least six gold bracelet winners with a combined hold of 20-or-so titles, Hellmuth’s win was bittersweet, when he defeated Don Zevin in a head- on clash. Zevin did not complain, when he walked out with $113,024 in the $2,500 buy-in Seven-Card Razz event. It was however, not the pot of money that he won that mattered, but his two-bracelet lead over his rivals Doyle Brunson and Johnny Chan. The ecstatic star spoke of his win, he said. “It’s unbelievable, said Hellmuth right after his success. I’ve been waiting for this since ’07. I’ve been knocking, knocking, knocking on the door. I’ll have to break out some new hats that say 12 on the side.”

Unlike his previous wins’, which were Pot-Limit or No-Limit, this is his first win considering in a Razz event. However, this will not be the 47 year olds’ last at WSOP, as his presence is expected in several events in the coming weeks and months. The Wisconsin winner – Hellmuth outlasted bracelet biggies like Michael Chow – 7th to exit, Barry Greenstein – 6th, Brendan Taylor at 5th, Scott Fischman at 4th and Brandon Cantu – at 3rd, leaving just Zevin and Hellmuth to battle it out.

The last battle lasted approximately two hours with several chips traded in between. The final play was hit or miss with Zevin needing an ace, deuce, four, five, seven or eight to defeat Hellmuth, but the latter has the upper hand when Zevin manages to draw a pair of nines’.

This is not their first meet as Zevin was present when Hellmuth won his first gold bracelet, back in 1989.

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