Phil Hellmuth Wins Record-Setting 13th WSOP Bracelet

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Phil Hellmuth (pictured) extended his own record by winning his 13th World Series of Poker bracelet on Thursday. Hellmuth emerged victorious in the prestigious WSOP Europe Main Event and won a little over €1 million. “The Poker Brat” was anything but bashful in an interview with WSOP officials following his big win, which marked his second bracelet of 2012, saying, “I played the best poker of my life in this tournament. My game is constantly evolving. I tried some new things out that really worked this time. My game is never the same. You’ve got to constantly be improving, and that’s what I do.”

The tournament began last weekend and boasted a €10,450 buy-in. Hellmuth had anything but a cakewalk through the final eight players, a group that included several top-tier poker talents including former November Niner Joseph subiimeCheong, dual bracelet winner and PokerStarspro Jason treysfull21Mercier, and former #1 playeron PocketFives Christopher NigDawG Brammer.

Hellmuth had a commanding chip lead entering heads-up play and only needed a handful of pots to close it out. In the end, Sergii Baranov‘s A-4 could not overcome Hellmuth’s A-10 and, as they say, the crowd went wild. As if Hellmuth needed anything else to smile about, he’s now in the lead in the 2012 WSOP Player of the Year race.

Hellmuth gleaned on Twitter when all was said and done, typing, “Wow!!! Just Won Bracelet #13! The WSOPE Main Event no less, HIGH AS Akita right now!”

Explaining a recent string of irony was ESPN poker commentatorLon McEachern, who joked on Twitter, “OK I’m 2 for 2. @MagicAntonio was supposed to work One Drop with me and @Phil_Hellmuth the WSOPE final table #reversecooler.” Both scheduled commentators won their respective events, Hellmuth setting a new mark for bracelets and Antonio Esfandiari becoming tournament poker’s all-time money leader.

Others commending Hellmuth on Twitter included Erik Seidel, who acknowledged, “Congrats to the great @phil_hellmuth, he keeps this up we are all going to have to start giving him some credit. #sickwin.” Meanwhile, B.J. Nemeth did what any poker reporter would do, drop stats: “@phil_hellmuth may be old school, but he won 4 of his @WSOP bracelets in the last 7 years. How many new-school critics can match that?”

Hellmuth captured bracelet #12 in June in a $2,500 Seven Card Razz tournament in Las Vegas before coming in fourth in the $1 million buy-in Big One for One Drop three weeks later. He has a record 94 in the money finishes on WSOP felts, 18 more than the next closest player, and has banked over $10 million in winnings in his WSOP career.

There has been a considerable amount of chatter on PocketFives about Hellmuth’s big achievement. Click here to weigh in.

26 COMMENTS

    • Phil is great for the game, Like him or hate him!

      I wanted to see Subiime win, but am Happy Phil won it

      Every time phil wins it is a show in the arm for poker.

    • he is such an amazing poker player, and do not get me wrong is a living legend for the sport of poker, but is such a winer thou! He has some temper tantrums like a little baby, from some of the many videos I have seen of him playing, he is always complaining like a drama queen.

    • he is such an amazing poker player, and do not get me wrong is a living legend for the sport of poker, but is such a winer thou! He has some temper tantrums like a little baby, from some of the many videos I have seen of him playing, he is always complaining like a drama queen.

      If you are going to call Phil out as being a whiner, at least spell it correctly.. lol @ Canadians and the hate Hellmuth still gets.

    • If you are going to call Phil out as being a whiner, at least spell it correctly.. lol @ Canadians and the hate Hellmuth still gets.

      lolll at canadians?? still jealous cause you cant play online poker??thats why you pick on the guy for a misspell?…yea,,thats what i thought…

    • Never seen any complaints, but does it bug anyone else that these European events count as bracelets? It’s not the WSOP. (I felt this way long before Phil won)

    • Such a BAUCE!! Watched the whole FT, PH crushed their souls w white magic the entire time……….13 god damn props to PH

    • Never seen any complaints, but does it bug anyone else that these European events count as bracelets? It’s not the WSOP. (I felt this way long before Phil won)

      LOL at this, there should also be an Asian stop as well, if you don’t want Europe/World involved, then simply call it the SOP (Series of Poker) or ASOP(American Series of Poker). It actually makes it quite fair, if you want a chance to win these events pony up the cash for a plane ticket and get over there just like the euro’s/world had done for years prior to the start of WSOPE. There is a big world outside Rome errrr (USA) you know…

      Was great live streaming this last night, banter at the table was great and Phil played great.

    • LOL at this, there should also be an Asian stop as well, if you don’t want Europe/World involved, then simply call it the SOP (Series of Poker) or ASOP(American Series of Poker). It actually makes it quite fair, if you want a chance to win these events pony up the cash for a plane ticket and get over there just like the euro’s/world had done for years prior to the start of WSOPE. There is a big world outside Rome errrr (USA) you know…

      Was great live streaming this last night, banter at the table was great and Phil played great.

      WSOP is coming to Australia as well, so they’ll have a presence on 3 continents and 3 very distinct areas of the world:
      http://www.pocketfives.com/articles/wsop-expanding-into-australia-wsop-apac-587350/

    • LOL at this, there should also be an Asian stop as well, if you don’t want Europe/World involved, then simply call it the SOP (Series of Poker) or ASOP(American Series of Poker). It actually makes it quite fair, if you want a chance to win these events pony up the cash for a plane ticket and get over there just like the euro’s/world had done for years prior to the start of WSOPE. There is a big world outside Rome errrr (USA) you know…

      Was great live streaming this last night, banter at the table was great and Phil played great.

      Sigh, you non-americans with your nationalized sports will never get it. The “world”, in WSOP doesn’t actually mean the entire world takes place, like the world cup. It’s just a brand name that Ceasars owns and although it’s meant to convey prestige, it’s really just marketing and has nothing to do with nationalities of those involved.

    • He needs this, and we need him to have it…This buys us another 15 20 years of him..Thats f-ing awesome!!!!…Poker would SUCK without him..
      So happy for Philbert….Cant wait till he throws that up in Antonios face at a cash game…Funny funny funny…”you know son, Ive won 13, right?” “Ive won a bracelet for every million the one drop paid you”…
      man his heads gonna get big, were gonna get new fits, and new catchphrases…Im a very happy guy…
      Its like, a doctor telling Ozzy, you can rock for another 20 years….What else could bring forth a better day?
      Fuck an “A”..phil, great job….(good thing that 7 came huh?)

      Oh, and for the dik-wod fannie wipe loosers that complain about spelling..fukoff!!!!! “oh spelling, I got an “a” in 4th and 7 th grade cause I spelled cruxildivivik…”eeewww im smart, im gonna inform poker players on forums when they get the letters wrong cause im a champion” eeewww…Arent you aware of life? and the time available for life? you cant be!!!
      Spelling is the 800 millioneth important thing to consider..If all things are considered carefully, you’ll never get that far down on the list..so, again…f-off

      Oh and yes ‘lenail’ guy…I mad (bout that,not hellmuth)

    • Sigh, you non-americans with your nationalized sports will never get it. The “world”, in WSOP doesn’t actually mean the entire world takes place, like the world cup. It’s just a brand name that Ceasars owns and although it’s meant to convey prestige, it’s really just marketing and has nothing to do with nationalities of those involved.

      wait a minute…so you mean any ‘world’ champions in any sport, are not really the best in the world? Its just a marketing scheme?? whats this world coming too *facepalm*

    • Hellmuth’s one of those guys whose personality you can take or leave, but his skill level and consistency, one has to respect.

    • wait a minute…so you mean any ‘world’ champions in any sport, are not really the best in the world? Its just a marketing scheme?? whats this world coming too *facepalm*

      you should probably reread what I wrote. I was speaking specifically about the WSOP brand. Do you think Benny Binion was worried about international participants when he created it 1970? he wanted to make money and it’s well documented. Next thing you’ll be in here telling me my worlds greatest dad coffee mug, means I am in fact the worlds greatest dad. get over it, it’s not being USA centric, it just a stupid name for a tournament series.

    • get over it, it’s not being USA centric, it just a stupid name for a tournament series.

      Or, you could say that now that there is a wsope, and soon to be a wsop Australia, that it is evolving into a proper WORLD series. Or you could continue being a douche and claim wsop wins outside of the US mean nothing (well maybe it wasn’t you who said it, but whovever did).

    • LOL at this, there should also be an Asian stop as well, if you don’t want Europe/World involved, then simply call it the SOP (Series of Poker) or ASOP(American Series of Poker). It actually makes it quite fair, if you want a chance to win these events pony up the cash for a plane ticket and get over there just like the euro’s/world had done for years prior to the start of WSOPE. There is a big world outside Rome errrr (USA) you know…

      Was great live streaming this last night, banter at the table was great and Phil played great.

      exactly they are all haters… Joseph Cheong and Phil Hellmuth are both americans? in the europe Wsop so really like everyone said its truly a World series of poker?

      haters

      gl all the ballers, dont hate on them

    • Never seen any complaints, but does it bug anyone else that these European events count as bracelets? It’s not the WSOP. (I felt this way long before Phil won)

      No not at all. the World series is a growing brand and great for the game of poker. I hope they add more stops as the game goes global and the game evolves. the WSOP is a brand and a business. It works hard to build its brand in a new global economy. It is nothing but good for poker.

      these events are still harder to win then it was for the first 30 years of the WSOP with tiny fields. It does not matter where they are held.

    • Never seen any complaints, but does it bug anyone else that these European events count as bracelets? It’s not the WSOP. (I felt this way long before Phil won)

      *facepalm*

      It’s called the *WORLD* Series of Poker.

    • snaggs
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      5 Hours Ago (10/5/2012 5:24am) in reply to Leroy Wong

      Never seen any complaints, but does it bug anyone else that these European events count as bracelets? It’s not the WSOP. (I felt this way long before Phil won)

      I think Helmuth himself was originally against the WSOPe counting as bracelet events. I’d guess his feelings on this have changed though.

    • *facepalm*

      It’s called the *WORLD* Series of Poker.

      Maybe Pokerstars should change the WCOOP to COOP because “we” as part of the rest of thew World cant play anymore….STFU with that noise

    • Phil is great for the game, Like him or hate him!

      I wanted to see Subiime win, but am Happy Phil won it

      Every time phil wins it is a show in the arm for poker.

      +1 all the way

      Phil isnt doing it for fun… he has an edge by talking to people… love him or hate him its 13 times?

      not every poker can do what phil does. and he doesnt do it for fun, he does it to gain an edge.

      congrats phil and congrats Joseph Cheong

      ive always loved Phil hellmuth. method to the madness if you ask me