Phil Hellmuth is the most successful poker player ever at the World Series of Poker. Hellmuth has eleven gold bracelets for wins at the WSOP, and has become a legend in the past decade with his remarkable entrances to the main event at the WSOP.
Today, Hellmuth is looking to add to his reputation as one of the most dominant players ever. Hellmuth is one of only seven remaining players at the final table of event number sixteen, a 2-7 Draw Lowball Championship. The Poker Brat is not only at the table, he has the chip lead.
The final table is the star-studded presence that the WSOP has been lacking so far this year. Of the final nine players, seven are former WSOP champions. John Juanda and Hasan Habib were in the middle of the action until Habib was knocked out in seventh place. Former main event champion Greg Raymer bowed out in ninth place.
Raymer received $27,928 for his ninth place finish, and Habib took home $51,485 for finishing sixth. The event carried a $10,000 buy-in, and 126 player ponied up the funds to enter the tournament. The winner of the event will walk away from the final table with $367,170. Hellmuth and Richard Ashby are the only two players with more than a million chips.
Late Friday evening, Tyler Bonkowski of Canada won event fourteen, a Limit Hold’em tourney with a $3,000 buy-in. Bonkowski was awarded with a gold bracelet and $220,817 for his efforts.Brandon Demes finished in second place, winning $136,419. American Andrew Brongo came in third.
A Pot-Limit Hold’em tournament has reached its final stages late Saturday evening. Brian Rast is one of three players remaining, and holds the chip lead. Allen Kessler and Dajuan Whorley are the other two participants, with Kessler holding 1,535,000 in chips, and Whorley down to his final 350,000. Rast has just under two million chips.