Sandvik denies Hellmuth another bracelet at WSOPE

Phil Hellmuth Picks UP Bracelet Number 14 AT 2015 WSOP

Espen Sandvik won his first career World Series of Poker bracelet earlier this week and in doing so denied Phil Hellmuth a record-setting 16th.

Hellmuth, who already owns the record with 15 bracelets, ended up having to settle for third placed in the €2,500 8-Game Mix tournament at the WSOPE.

The tournament had a 71-player field and Sandvik claimed his first WSOP bracelet and €75,426 for outlasting them all. Finishing second and receiving €46,613 was Ville Haavisto, while Hellmuth cashed €31,058 for third place.

That was Hellmuth’s 153rd career cash at a WSOP event, which has earned him over $14.7 million.

Also taking home their first WSOP bracelets this week were Vangelis Kaimakamis, James Chen, Siamak Tooran and Tomas Fara.

Kaimakamis, from Greece, topped a 766-player field in the €1,350 Mini Main Event. He cashed €167,056 ($184,000 US)

Chen made history as the first person from Taiwan to win a WSOP bracelet. He was the last man standing from a 30-player field in the €250,000 Super High Roller No-Limit Hold’em tournament. For the win he cashed €2,844,215 ($3.1 million US).

Tooran won the first-ever short deck event held at the WSOPE. He went up against a 111-player field in the €25,500 Short Deck High Roller tournament. Tooran, from Germany, cashed €740,996 ($828,000 US). That was by far the most he’s ever won in a single tournament, as his lifetime live-poker earnings prior to the win was just over $110,000.

Fara outlasted a 377-player field in the €1,100 Turbo Bounty Hunter No-Limit Hold’em tournament. It was an amazing feat because at one-point Fara looked to be on the cusp of elimination with only one big blind’s worth of chips.

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An intense run of double ups, that included getting luck with pocket fours against pocket tens, and hitting an out with 10-6 versus pocket eights, led Fara to the win which earned him €59,904 ($66,000 US).