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Phil Hellmuth Wins 12th Bracelet at WSOP

Every time Phil Hellmuth steps into the WSOP arena he tries to beat his record of 11 WSOP bracelets. Well, he has just broken it capturing his 12th bracelet in the 2012 18th event the $2,500 seven-card razz event.

 

His 12th bracelet, which is surprisingly his first outside Hold’em, is the last in a long era of 23 years since his initial and arguably most memorable when he won the main event in May 1989. However, since then he has won a string of impressive tournaments.

 

Hellmuth will be delighted to win his 12th bracelet having gone five years without winning, his longest time without a bracelet since his first. Last year, at the 2011 WSOP, Hellmuth finished second in an astonishing three tournaments, so his 12th was obviously a welcome addition. He mentioned that when he was playing heads up, the thought did cross his mind that he might finish runner up again, but he managed to clear the negative thoughts out of his head and go on to capture his 12th title.

 

Currently only Doyle Brunson and Johnny Chan are close to Hellmuth on 10 bracelets a piece. However, the player Hellmuth has to worry about is Phil Ivey (currently on eight) who is making strides to win his next one. Phil Ivey was not at the 2011 WSOP series, but he has already finished second in the $10,000 pot limit Hold’em in this series.

 

Hellmuth is more than aware that Ivey is his main rival when it comes to the race for the most bracelets. He said in an interview that “It was a big swing in the bracelet race too.” He went on to say that if he failed to win and Ivey finished first there would only be a couple of bracelets between them. It has previously been mentioned that they both want to race to 25, a number that many believe they will both reach. Ivey has currently cashed in 42 WSOP events compared to Hellmuth’s 89.

 

It seems like it may be hard for Ivey to overcome. Many argue that Hellmuth is as good of a player now as he has ever been, and at only 47, and poker not a game that requires you to be in peak physical condition, Hellmuth is far from done at the tables. On the other hand, Ivey, at 36 may have an 11 year age advantage, but even to catch up he would need to win one bracelet every three years without Hellmuth winning one.

 

The exciting part of the story comes in when you look at their playing ability. Even though Hellmuth is one of the best WSOP tournament players in history Ivey is a player with it all to offer. His nickname, the Tiger Woods of poker, pays testament to his ability at the table. Many think that he is the best naturally gifted player at any table, and if he wins a couple of bracelets in quick succession then the race will really heat up.

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