Phil Hellmuth put the demons of last year firmly to bed, today, after taking down the $2,500 Razz bracelet to secure his 12th career bracelet, and his only non-Hold’em bracelet.
On a final table that included 2008 Razz event winner Barry Greenstein, Brandon ‘any two’ Cantu, Scott Fischman and his eventual heads-up opponent Don Zewin – who in a strange coincidence finished third in the 1989 Main Event final when Hellmuth won his first WSOP bracelet – Hellmuth would have to bring his A-game to take the title, but happily he emerged victorious.
On his win, a delighted Hellmuth said on the WSOP.com live stream:
It’s unbelievable I’ve been waiting for this since ’07. I’ve been knocking, knocking, knocking on the door.
The Greatest Ever?
After narrowly missing out on 3 gold bracelets last year, including an agonising 2nd place in the $50K Players Championship, with today’s victory Phil Hellmuth has surely cemented himself as the greatest tournament player of all time.
His 12th career bracelet puts him two ahead of Doyle Brunson and Johnny Chan and four ahead of his next nearest rivals Erik Seidel and Phil Ivey, both on 8 WSOP bracelets overall. With Doyle Brunson’s advanced years you can’t really see him overhauling Hellmuth before he will be forced to leave this mortal coil, and with Johnny Chan seemingly off the boil, it would appear that the record number of bracelets gauntlet has been thrown down to Erik Seidel and Phil Ivey – who just missed out on his 9th bracelet this morning following a second place finish in the $10,000 Pot Limit Hold’em Championship.
It will be some years before Hellmuth’s record is broken, if at all, but if it does get broken, it looks all the way to be Phil Ivey as the man to do it.