Phil Hellmuth is not the best liked poker player in the world and there are plenty who can’t stand him, but nobody can argue about his proficiency at the tables. One of the best live casino poker players in the world, he is also the uncontested leader when it comes to World Series of poker bracelets, with a total of 14 of them.
The most recent triumph occurred this week as he took down the Event #17: $10,000 Razz Championship for $271,105.
The money was just the tip of the iceberg because the thing that the poker professional was more interested in was to grab the coveted bracelet. As he approached the final table, his opponents tried to take advantage of his situation and play aggressively against him. With his tremendous experience and ability to react well under pressure, Phil didn’t hesitate and stuck to his game, until he had a stack large enough to shift to a more aggressive poker.
At the final table, he found himself in the select company of several poker professionals, including some that are specialized in the game of Razz. Phil Hellmuth had an average stack, but he doubled up twice while causing the elimination of two players in the process and made heads-up without problems. His opponent in this final stage of the competition was Mike Gorodinsky from San Diego, an opponent that he was familiar with.
With nothing to lose and already in possession of more than $160,000, Mike Gorodinsky tried to push Phil into a corner with a string of bets and raises. Eventually the two of them shoved their chips in the middle and luckily for the multiple champions, his slightly better hand survived all the way to the River. After the dealer revealed the final card, it was obvious that Phil Hellmuth set yet another important milestone while improving his own record.
Phil Hellmuth achieved his goal and put some distance between him and the runners-up, as he had a significant advantage in terms of WSOP bracelets.
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