Ted Forrest Denies Phil Hellmuth WSOP Bracelet #14

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The main storyline on Sunday at the Rio in Las Vegas, the site of the 2014 World Series of Poker, was a potential bracelet #14 for Phil Hellmuth, America’s favorite poker brat. Hellmuth went heads-up with five-time bracelet winner Ted Forrest (pictured) in a $1,500 Razz event (#7).

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Forrest was heads-up for a bracelet for the first time in a half-dozen years, while Hellmuth was searching for his first since a WSOP Europe Main Event win in 2012. As WSOP coverage put it, “What was a fairy tale conclusion for Forrest marked the 10th runner-up finish for Hellmuth, who was appearing at his 49th career final table, by far the most of anyone in history. This was Forrest’s first win at the WSOP since 2004 and the first to take place at the Rio.”

Twitter was alive with poker players railing Hellmuth, who graciously Tweeted on Sunday, “Battling one of the greatest Razz players ever (Ted Forest) heads-up for a WSOP Razz bracelet! We both own 1 Razz bracelet.” When Hellmuth had officially taken second, he wrote, “Congrats to my old friend Ted Forrest on winning #WSOPRazz tourn. If I had to lose to someone, I’m glad it was Teddy. 2nd place for me.”

Forrest’s win was worth $121,000, while Hellmuth earned $74,000. Hellmuth started the final table second in chips and began heads-up play with a 2:1 advantage, but after several hours, Forrest earned his sixth WSOP bracelet. Five bracelet winners were seated at a very tough final table, which cashed out as follows:

1st Place: Ted Forrest – $121,196
2nd Place: Phil Hellmuth – $74,848
3rd Place: Greg Pappas – $48,275
4th Place: David Bach – $34,979
5th Place: Brock t soprano Parker – $25,717
6th Place: Brandon Cantu – $19,183
7th Place: Yuebin Guo – $14,517
8th Place: Kevin kice32 Iacofano – $11,143

Also at the Rio, a $10,000 Limit Omaha High-Low Split Eight or Better tournament began on Sunday with a field of 178. After 67 had been eliminated, longtime PocketFiver Dan djk123Kelly (pictured) stood tall over the pack with a stack of 146,700, slightly ahead of fellow PocketFives stalwart Jeff yellowsub Williams.

Williams knows what he’ll be up against on Monday when play resumes at 2:00pm Pacific Time for Day 2, Tweeting, “Bagged 144k in the WSOP 10k Omaha Hi/Lo, good for 2nd to the legend @djk123poker.” Kelly has nearly $2 million in career WSOP earnings, the bulk of which came four years ago in a $25,000 No Limit Hold’em Six-Max title for $1.3 million. Williams has nearly $900,000 in WSOP cashes, but hasn’t appeared at a final table since the same year Kelly won his bracelet.

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