There is nothing that can be said about world famous poker pro Phil Hellmuth that hasn’t been said at least a thousand times before in a hundred different ways. Except maybe for this; Phil has broken his own record - by winning a record-setting 12th gold bracelet at the 2012 World Series of Poker.
Event #18 started with 309 entries, 32 of whom would share the prize pool of $702,975. With several top notch players like Barry Greenstein (6th), Scott Clements (18th), Joe Tehan (23rd) and Allen Bari (26th) all vying for the top spot, whoever went on to win the event - would have to fight every step of the way to succeed. Which is exactly what Phil Hellmuth did – for three long but exciting days.
When he beat Don Zewin to win the $2,500 Seven Card Razz WSOP event, Phil got a little redemption from last year. At the 2011 WSOP, he amazed crowds again and again when he just missed grabbing more gold by finishing runner-up in three events, continuing his dry spell.
Starting with his first bracelet in 1989 that he won for taking down the Main Event; all of Hellmuth's bracelets were won in Holdem events. Not only that, but Phil never went more than 4 years without adding to his bracelet collection – until 2007. But this week, after five years of beating his head against the wall made of gold at the WSOP, Phil won his 12th bracelet not in Holdem after all, but in Seven Card Razz.
After cashing four times at the WSOP this year, winning bracelet No. 12 extends Phil’s lead by two, in the all-time bracelet race (Doyle Brunson and Johnny Chan have 10 each). The win also brought Phil’s number of WSOP career cashes up to 89, making him the all-time leader in WSOP cashes.
Phil's bracelets have been won in these WSOP events:
- May 1989 $10,000 No-Limit Holdem World Championship
- May 1992 $5,000 Limit Hold'em
- April 1993 $1,500 No-Limit Hold'em
- May 1993 $2,500 No-Limit Hold'em
- May 1993 $5,000 Limit Hold'em
- May 1997 $3,000 Hold'em Pot-Limit
- April 2001 $2,000 No-Limit Hold'em
- April 2003 $2,500 Limit Hold'em
- May 2003 $3,000 No-Limit Hold'em
- July 2006 $1,000 No-Limit Hold'em
- June 2007 $1,500 No Limit Hold'em
- June 2012 $2,500 Seven Card Razz
Watch Phil’s son present him with the bracelet and hear him talk about his latest victory here:
The final table payouts: