Phil Hellmuth Jr Closes In On Record 12th WSOP TitleJune 24, 2010 9:37 am
Phil Hellmuth is closing in on a 12 WSOP title after a field of 847 players was whittled down to just 15 at Event #41: $1,500 Omaha Hi/Lo 8-or-better.
Currently sitting 4th in chips with a 331,000 stack, Phil will return to the felts on Day 3 hoping to take down his first ever WSOP bracelet in a non Texas Hold ‘em event, and in so doing put some clear daylight between himself and 10 times WSOP winners Doyle Brunson and Johnny Chan.
The 45 year-old poker legend has been picking up bracelets since 1989, when he defeated the two-time defending champion Johnny Chan heads-up to win the Main Event aged just 24.
Since picking up a record 11th WSOP title in 2007, Phil has continued to play his excellent game at the competition and has gone on to cash a further 18 times, earning $598,219 in prize money including a 3rd place finish at the $1,500 H.O.R.S.E. in 2008.
Phil Hellmuth undoubtedly has a strong bond with the WSOP, and readily acknowledges the big debt of gratitude he owes to the competition after winning his first bracelet. As he explains:
“It made me believe. It made me believe that I could do amazing things. I had a lifetime goals list that I wrote in 1988, and I achieved a bunch of those goals. I won the main event, I found my wife Kathy, I bought a phenomenal penthouse condominium. I have a phenomenal life.”
Phil Hellmuth has now earned $11,370,387 from live tournament cashes, with over half of those winnings coming from WSOP events.
Hellmuth will be looking to further consolidate his hold on the competition when the $1,500 Omaha Hi/Lo 8-or-better resumes at 2:30 pm on Thursday.