2015 WSOP: Phil Hellmuth Picks Up Bracelet Number 14June 15, 2015 5:49 am
On Monday 8th June, Phil Hellmuth stamped his authority further on the WSOP by taking down yet another event, this time the $10,000 Seven-Card Razz tournament for a total payout of $271,105. The 50 year-old legend now boasts an incredible 14 gold bracelets, widening the gap between himself and nearest challengers Doyle Brunson, Johnny Chan and Phil Ivey, all currently with 10 WSOP each.
During his latest winning performance, Hellmuth managed to overcome a field of 109 players over three days to claim his 14th gold bracelet, with other top pros also competing in the event including Erik Seidel (11th), Shaun Deeb (9th), Brandon Shack-Harris (8th), and Mike Leah (4th).
Prior to accomplishing his remarkable feat, Phil Hellmuth had lamented his results at this year’s WSOP, commenting that “knowing I’m playing great is a reward in itself.” Hellmuth was subsequently elated to finally have his efforts rewarded with a second career WSOP Razz event, after which he promptly dedicated his victory to his friend Silicon Valley executive David Goldberg, who died recently during a treadmill accident at a gym whilst vacationing in Mexico.
“I’m going to give this bracelet to his wife and kids,” explained Hellmuth. “This is for Dave Goldberg. Goldy, I love you.”
Phil Hellmuth has now won an incredible $18,562,674 from live tournaments since his first cash back in 1987, $12,779,097 of which comes from his 109 lifetime cashes at the prestigious tournament series. Amongst the US pro’s career highlights is his 1989 WSOP 10k Main Event win for $755,000, as well as victory at the 2012 WSOP Europe Main Event for €1,022,376 ($1,333,841). Whilst 12 of his WSOP bracelets have been in Hold’em events, two out of his last three bracelets have now been won in other poker variant games. Commenting on his latest bracelet win, Hellmuth explained:
“It’s an amazing feeling. It’s one of those ones where I kept my head down the whole time. I tried to stay divorced from the result, detached from the result. I was just focusing on playing great, playing great, playing great.”