Posts Tagged ‘WSOPE’

Phil Hellmuth wins WSOPE Main Event

Friday, October 5th, 2012

Just yesterday, we discussed how Phil Hellmuth was leading the 2012 WSOPE Main Event final table. The truth is that we didn’t expect the Poker Brat to actually win – even with his experience and skill – because it seems like the final table chip leader is never a safe bet for some reason. But Hellmuth was able to finish the job and win the WSOPE Main Event along with €1,022,376 ($1.33 million).

The Poker Brat was quite humbled by his victory as he said, “I don’t say this often, but I am truly humbled by this. This is one of the most prestigious titles in poker and to get this one, it’s right up there with the (1989) World Championship.”

Hellmuth continued to reflect on the WSOPE win by 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.”

What’s truly impressive about Hellmuth is how he continues to make poker history, despite holding plenty of records already. His WSOPE victory makes him the only player to ever win both this tournament and the WSOP Main Event.

The Poker Brat also extended his gold bracelet record to 13, which means neither Doyle Brunson nor Johnny Chan will be catching him any time soon with their 10 bracelets. It’ll also be a long time before anybody even comes close to the 95 WSOP cashes that Hellmuth has accumulated in his career.

Once the 2012 WSOP Main Event concludes on October 30th, Phil will be adding a Player of the Year award to his lengthy list of accolades. All in all, this year was extremely kind to Hellmuth.

Barry Shulman Takes Home Title at WSOPE Main Event

Sunday, October 4th, 2009

On Friday, in the Main Event of the World Series of Poker Europe, Barry Shulman broke through in a surprise victory against Daniel Negreanu to take home a WSOPE bracelet and £801,603. Coming into the final heads up round of the event, Negreanu seemed to be the sure bet to win the tournament. However, Shulman was not intimidated and won out in the end with some fantastic hands.

Barry Shulman, father of Jeff Shulman of the WSOP November Nine, has been in the game for a while now. This was his second bracelet win. He took home his last bracelet at the 2001 WSOP, Seven Card Stud Hi-Lo Split $1,500 event, and has been long due for another tournament win.

There were 334 players in the WSOPE Main Event, many considered to be some of the best poker players in the world. The top nine, and their winnings, are as follows:

1. Barry Shulman with £801,60

2. Daniel Negreanu with £495,589

3. Praz Bansi with £360,887

4. Jason Mercier with £267,267

5. Markus Ristola with £200,367

6. Chris Bjorin with £150,267

7. Antoine Saout with £114,228

8. Matt Hawrilenko with £87,074

9. James Akenhead with £66,533

I was amazed to see Shulman, who had not taken home a bracelet in eight years, beat Negreanu who holds four WSOP bracelets and two WPT Championship titles. This was certainly one of the most exciting matches of heads up poker I’ve seen in awhile.