Hellmuth Hits The Headlines Again As He Wins His 16th Bracelet
Phil Hellmuth made news last week for the wrong reasons as his abusive rant at the 2021 WSOP made headlines on social media and forced the Poker Hall of Famer (PHoF) to issue multiple apologies.
Hellmuth heads the WSOP gold bracelet list with 15 bracelets to his name. He has tried since 2018 to win his 16th WSOP bracelet and has come close on many occasions. Hellmuth has made it to 7 final tables since 2018 and four of those final table appearances have come at the 2021 WSOP.
That was one of the main reasons for Hellmuth’s frustrations at the table because he was coming so close but yet the 16th bracelet continued to evade him. His persistence paid off during Event #31: $1,500 No-Limit 2-7 Lowball Draw as even though he had a bad start and was close to being eliminated on Day 1, he bounced back and played really well to win the event.
In doing so, The American poker player ended up winning his 16th WSOP gold bracelet and that brought a huge sigh of relief to his face. A total of 272 players took part in this event and pushed the total prize pool to $363,120. There was a lot of competition at this event but Hellmuth showcased yet again why he is one of the best players in the world. He ended up taking home $84,851 for his first place finish.
Special Win For Hellmuth
This was a very special win for Hellmuth not only because he has had to wait four years to win his 16th bracelet but it also ensures that he is going to hold on to the record of being the player with the most WSOP bracelets to his name for quite some time. There are three players tied in second place with 10 bracelets (Johnny Chan, Doyle Brunson and Phil Ivey) and they have quite a distance to go before they can surpass Hellmuth.
Hellmuth is having a good run at the 2021 WSOP and poker fans will not be surprised if he ends up winning his 17th bracelet this year. Hellmuth now has over $25.2 million in career prize money based on the recent Hendon Mob listing.
This was also the first time that Hellmuth has won a WSOP lowball variant and his third non-hold’em event.