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Phil Hellmuth just misses 12th Bracelet in Event #16

by Jeremy

Phil Hellmuth already holds the record for most WSOP gold bracelets at 11. And he was looking to increase this lead in the Event #16: 2-7 Draw Lowball Championship.

Hellmuth was able to work his way through a small, but extremely tough 126-player field to land on a final table that included several notable players. Here is a look at how things looked going into the final table:

1. Richard Ashby 700,000 chips
2. Joe Cassidy 540,000 chips
3. David Baker 492,000 chips
4. Steve Sung 441,000 chips
5. Hasan Habib 437,000 chips
6. Greg Raymer 355,000 chips
7. Phil Hellmuth 339,000 chips
8. Nick Schulman 306,000 chips
9. John Juanda 171,000 chips
Eventually, play ground down to just Hellmuth and another very recognizable pro in John Juanda. This set the stage for a major showdown that captivated railbirds all over the Rio. What’s interesting is that many of the people who were watching the tournament were actually rooting against Hellmuth furthering his place in poker history.
The Poker Brat seemed to be unphased by the hostile crowd though as he gunned for his first ever non-Hold’em bracelet. He was especially aided by his 3-1 chip advantage going into the heads-up matchup with Juanda. There couldn’t have been a better chance for Hellmuth to add to his bracelet collection.
However, Juanda played extremely aggressively, and was eventually able to take the chip lead away from Hellmuth. Following a lengthy three-hour match, Juanda was victorious after eliminating the all-time bracelet leader. With the victory, Juanda earned his 5th gold bracket and increased his lifetime winnings to $11,544,162. As for Phil Jr., his winnings increase to $11,189,991 in a bittersweet finish.

Moving past the Hellmuth-Juanda matchup, here is a look at how the final table finished up:
1. John Juanda - $367,170
2. Phil Hellmuth - $226,907
3. Richard Ashby - $143,833
4. Steve Sung - $97,416
5. Nick Schulman - $69,216
6. David Baker - $51,485
7. Hasan Habib - $40,020
8. Joe Cassidy - $32,440
9. Greg Raymer - $27,928
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