Winning the coveted Gold Bracelet is always a special experience. Phil Hellmuth was no less awed even after his 15th Gold Bracelet. He took down Event #71: $5,000 No-Limit Hold’em (30-minute levels) for $485,082. Well, there seems to be no difference in the heart of a poker pro and a novice. We find Hellmuth expressing his disbelief on his win by exclaiming, “Honey, am I dreaming?”
Hellmuth defeated Steven Wolansky in the heads-up after holding the short stack for the vast majority of their battle. It’s Hellmuth’s first bracelet since winning the $1,500 Razz in 2015 and his ninth bracelet overall in a No-Limit Hold’em event.
“I’m humbled. It’s humbling,” was the first thing Hellmuth said after being asked what the record fifteenth bracelet meant to him. “Thirteen in Europe was really humbling for me. And so is fourteen, and so is fifteen.”
Final Day Action
Hellmuth survived the field of 452 and returned to play on Day 2 with 38 other players. The 30-minute levels chips were flying everywhere right from the start. The likes of Anthony Zinno (37th – $9,747), Davidi Kitai ($11,176), Liv Boeree (31st – $11,176) and Antoine Saout (30st – $11,176) all fell in the early stages.
Jonathan Abdellatif, although started the day with chip lead, he fell in the 20th place after losing two big all-ins in a row. Along with him, the likes of Chance Kornuth (18th – $15,726), Grayson Ramage (17th – $15,726), Griffin Benger (15th – $19,280) and Jeremy Ausmus (12th – $24,147) left the felt before they could become eligible for big prizes.
The unofficial final table, which consisted of 10 players, narrowed down to 8 after Aliaksei Boika eliminated both Paul Fontan and Eric Hicks in one hand.
After 25 hands, Ralph Wong (8th – $40,309) became the first casualty, out of the 8 surviving players. Wong was shortly followed by Paul Hoefer (7th – $53,682), Glantz (6th – $72,911) and Ken Fishman (5th place for $100,956).
Wolansky eliminated Boika in the fourth place and Sternberg finished in the third place.
Wolansky started the heads-up with a 3:1 chip lead against Hellmuth, but the Poker Brat quickly got the stacks back to even.
About the heads-up, Hellmuth commented, “he wouldn’t give an inch, I know he wouldn’t give an inch. I had to start thinking about how I wanted to handle this. I thought I have to try and steal more pots against him to give myself a chance because he’s just not giving a chip away. He’s making it really tough. and I have to just keep playing my best poker until the end and maybe something great will happen.”
“I was down after I made a call, where I felt a little bit silly afterwards. I said let’s not give up; these things can turn. When is the next time you’re going to have an opportunity where you’re heads-up for a bracelet? You just need to hang in there and stay strong and I stayed strong. And then, luckily, I hit some cards.”
Hellmuth dedicated his fifteenth bracelet to Bill Lee, angel investor, Elon Musk‘s best friend and one of his own good friends
Final Table Results:
|1||Phil Hellmuth||United States||$485,082|
|2||Steven Wolansky||United States||$299,807|
|3||Alan Sternberg||United States||$204,789|
|5||Ken Fishman||United States||$100,956|
|6||Matt Glantz||United States||$72,911|
|8||Ralph Wong||United States||$40,309|
|9||Eric Hicks||United States||$30,881|
Event #70: $3K Limit Hold’em 6-Handed for $154K
Yaser Al-Keliddar took down Event #70: $3K Limit Hold’em 6-Handed for $154K to win his first Gold Bracelet. The talented player beat the 221-strong field within a span of 6 hours and walked home with $154,338. At the heads-up, he had to outlast Juha Helppi to bag the much-deserved win.+
Final Table Results
|1||Yaser Al-Keliddar||United States||$154,338|
|3||Justin Thurlow||United States||$62,187|
|5||Mike Schneider||United States||28,708|
|6||Barry Greenstein||United States||$20,358|