John Juanda Wins 5th WSOP Bracelet To Overtake Hellmuth On All Time Money ListJune 13, 2011 8:02 am
John Juanda has triumphed at WSOP Event #16: $10,000 2-7 Draw Lowball Championship (No-Limit), after overcoming a field of 126 players to collect a prestigious WSOP bracelet, as well as the $367,170 first place prize.
Not suprisingly, many of the top pros were attracted to the speciality poker variant tournament which rewards the best low hand, the most powerful of which is 7, 5, 4, 3, 2.
Amongst the big names hoping to capture a WSOP bracelet were such players as Phil Hellmuth, Nick Schulman, David Baker, Hasan Habib , Joe Cassidy, Richard Ashby, Steve Sung, Greg “The Fossilman” Raymer, and of course John Juanda.
By the time the final table of seven had been set there was an incredible 19 WSOP bracelets tally held amongst the remaining contenders.
Eventually, the finalists began to fall with Hasan Habib eliminated in 7th place ($40,020), followed by defending champion David Baker in 6th Place ($51,485), Nick Schulman in 5th ($69,216), and Steve Sung in 4th place for $97,416.
Then with the elimination of Richard Ashby in 3rd place ($143,833), just Phil Hellmuth looking for a 12th bracelet and John Juanda looking for WSOP bracelet number 5 remained.
Despite holding a 3 to 1 chip advantage over Juanda, Hellmuth soon became increasingly frustrated at his opponent’s aggression. Ironically, in the end not only did Juanda deny Hellmuth a long coveted 12th WSOP bracelet, but his $367,170 payday also helped propel him to 5th place on the ‘All Time Money List,’ just above Hellmuth.
Hellmuth has now earned $11,680,545 from live tournaments to John Juanda’s $11,774,485, and shaking hands with Juanda straight after being defeated in the heads-up battle, said: “Well played buddy, well played. You’re just so f***king scary.”
John Juanda, for his part, was equally complimentary about Hellmuth and commented:
“Hellmuth actually played pretty good. I was impressed with the way that he played. He made one really great play against Joe (Cassidy), who had the winning hand and he became the chip leader after that. So, overall I was very impressed with the way he played. You know, a lot of people said he couldn’t play anything besides hold ’em, but tonight he played really well. If the cards would have fallen his way he could be standing here doing the interview instead of me.”