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Phil Hellmuth wins Record 17th WSOP Bracelet

Tags: 2023 WSOP, Phil Hellmuth, WSOP.
Posted on 11 July 2023 by "T".

On July 2 Sunday, at the Horseshoe and Paris Las Vegas, Phil Hellmuth has done it again.

People who closely knew him said that he was initially frustrated in this year's WSOP, despite getting nine cashes already. However, all of that frustration melted away, when his 10th cash came with a record - his 17th WSOP bracelet! It happened in Event #72: $10,000 Super Turbo Bounty NLHE. This triumph adds to arguably one of the greatest tournament poker resume of all time, which started in 1989 when Hellmuth first won his Main Event gold bracelet.

Almost all, except for three of his bracelets, Hellmuth's 17th victory came in the No-Limit Hold'em variant. The bounty element and fast blind structure attracted a huge field of 642 players that generated a total prize pool worth $4,044,600, with Hellmuth taking $803,818 plus bounties for the first-place finish.

For Hellmuth though, it was not the money that meant the most to him. Instead, the goal of further extending his record seemed to be of greater value, as it gives more reason for others to argue that he is one of the best to have ever played the game.

Hellmuth may have ended on top, but it was certainly not a walk in the park. There was a time he was down to just 60,000 at the 15,000/30,000 blind level. He said in a post-win interview, "I just needed to make it to the break." The break enabled him to refocus and come back with renewed energy to make a comeback.

Late in the day, he got pocket jacks three times, won many key flips, and found aces at the right time to eliminate Phil Ivey in 6th place. He said, "I had jacks hold up against ace-king for three million each. Any potential luck that I was complaining about I received more than enough."

Final Table - Heads-up Match

2023 WSOP Event #72: $10,000 Super Turbo Bounty NLHE - Final Table Results






Phil Hellmuth




Justin Zaki




Tom Kunze




Kelvin Kerber




Chris Savage




Phil Ivey




Brandon Steven




Marc Foggin




Winner's Reaction

Hellmuth described what his 17th bracelet win feels like, as he went jumping around the Paris Ballroom, obviously happy.

"I'm feeling pretty good. I must have a smile just fixed to my face. "I tried not complain. Oh, I've been unlucky in key spots. F*** all that bulls*** you know, because things happen for a reason."

He explained that part of the reason why he was even in the tournament was because of an early exit in the previous event, Event: #71 $50,000 Pot Limit Omaha High Roller, at the hands of Jeremy Ausmus.

"You know maybe part of the reason I busted the Pot Limit Omaha was to come and win this. You know, maybe part of the reason I busted the deuce to seven was so I could get rest."

He emphasized the importance of getting three full days of rest, which helped him manage some of the tougher times in the tournament, to which he said "coming in fresh was enormously helpful. I came back from one of those breaks, I had sixty thousand left. The blinds were fifteen and thirty. I just knew I needed to make it to that break." After that, things seemed to work out in his favor as he rose to the top to win.

Phil Hellmuth was scheduled to speak at Doyle Brunson's celebration of life at the Horseshoe later that day. He said he was thinking of his late friend, especially during a hand at the final table where he made a straight holding Brunson's iconic ten-deuce offsuit.

Phil Hellmuth stats

With 17 WSOP bracelets now to his name, the 58-year-old Wisconsin native's lead extends to seven. Doyle Brunson, Johnny Chan and Phil Ivey each have 10 WSOP bracelets. The WSOP awards a gold bracelet to each tournament winner.

Known as the "Poker Brat" for his table outbursts, he won three WSOP gold bracelets in 1993. In 2003, he won two.

Hellmuth's total live cash earnings are now at the $29.7 million mark.

Hellmuth said he thinks he is going to win a total of 24 WSOP gold bracelets in his career.



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 CALICUL28/07/2023 03:52:20 GMT
Phill Hellmuth is a player who has had no scandals in poker and this is very nice in his career. I have not heard of him cheating and doing what is not good. It's a good thing
 shokaku28/07/2023 05:26:57 GMT
Then you are living under a rock. Blink
He is known as the "poker brat" for a reason, or two, or more. He also was the face of the Ultimate Bet poker room, when it was involved in a major cheating scandal in the late 2000nds.
 dule-vu28/07/2023 05:48:20 GMT
yeah Smile
 geseco1229/07/2023 02:29:13 GMT
There are many professional players who have had a very controversial past in the world of poker, this player is no exception, but that gives us a lesson, from mistakes you learn, to continue learning and try to do your best.
 dule-vu29/07/2023 05:00:52 GMT
Now we can find some other threads
 geseco1230/07/2023 04:36:37 GMT
I will never get tired of commenting on how good this player is, it seems that he is one of the poker professionals, but he has something very special and that makes him unique, with the amount of bracelets he owns makes him very different.
 dule-vu30/07/2023 06:07:50 GMT
I know, you will write tomorrow!
 geseco1231/07/2023 16:45:30 GMT
This player is very controversial, and many of his fellow players are always picking on him, but this player has made a name for himself in the poker community with his results, and he is still going strong.
 dule-vu31/07/2023 16:45:51 GMT
And he will be!
 antonis32131/07/2023 23:46:10 GMT
$ 10.000 , a very high buy in , then it's super turbo format , blinds to up very fast , but at least there is a bounty , that's sth important . If I ever played such an expensive event , I would like it to be a bounty kind of , so at to get some of my investment back before the bubble . Anyway I think it was a good game for Helmuth , he took advantage of these characteristics and he won
 CALICUL01/08/2023 02:08:18 GMT
it is not a big buy for a player like Phil Hellmuth. He is ok with high stakes and this game suits him quite well. Here we see once again his professionalism at Super Turbo...
 geseco1201/08/2023 20:16:29 GMT
for us is a lot of money an entry of 10k, but for this professional player is not, they have millions of profits playing poker, even if they go through a bad streak they have enough bankroll to keep playing, plus hellmuth is a great player.
 dule-vu01/08/2023 20:49:17 GMT
For him its nothing!
 TigerAxL01/08/2023 23:24:59 GMT
17 is indeed a big number ,congrats to the goat . I particulary enjoy more to see Daniel Negranu ,also don t realy know how many he has but what i hope is that in the near future to see more of them both dueling , sometimes is just hilarious .
 CALICUL01/08/2023 23:33:59 GMT
The WSOP will always be a great point of attraction for the best players in the world, but also for others who dream of excellent results with the best professionals. They will always fight for something beautiful, these bracelets.
 geseco1207/08/2023 01:51:30 GMT
That's right, most of the players who are just starting out, their dream is always to play the biggest poker tournaments, as well as to be in the center of the poker world like the wsop world championship.
 dule-vu07/08/2023 02:08:11 GMT
Dream is to win just one wsop bracelet! What this man do is just above everything, to have 17 of them!
 geseco1208/08/2023 04:13:04 GMT
to become what he is he has had to have dreams and short and long term goals in poker, when you project and work hard to achieve dreams can become a reality, many congratulations to this player.
 dule-vu08/08/2023 04:21:10 GMT
 geseco1211/08/2023 20:17:51 GMT
I once saw in a head to head poker game against another aggressive player, he couldn't control himself and started to get tilted very soon because of two hands that didn't work out, I think that despite being a great player there are things that he should improve.
 CALICUL11/08/2023 20:22:34 GMT
those players thought they could get away without being caught, even though they cheated, stole or swindled. It's sad, but that's how people are, even if many were professionals. Phil Hellmuth is ok from this point of view. He had a good career and did not make illegalities.
 geseco1218/08/2023 04:03:32 GMT
He is a great player, but as we all always have our weaknesses, this one in particular gets frustrated very quickly when things don't work out, that's why if he would improve that aspect he would be much better.
 dule-vu18/08/2023 08:07:35 GMT
What a member! From so many other threads!
 geseco1221/08/2023 00:10:37 GMT
a great poker player, yesterday I could see a video on youtube of his achievements as a player, a great motivation for all those who want to go far in poker.
 dule-vu21/08/2023 00:13:55 GMT
Great for you as always!

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