Last year Phil Hellmuth ended up with a second place finish three times in his run for his 12th bracelet, it had to be devastating, almost like a jinx had settled in and he couldn't get past it. But this year he took down Event #18 and picked up bracelet #12 in the 2012 World Series of Poker $2,500 Seven Card Razz event. And he's isn't slowing down.
Hellmuth has obviously shown that he is a great player and he just added cement to the foundation he's built by setting new records in the 2012 World Series of Poker Europe when he won Event #7: €10,450 No-Limit Hold'em Main Event.
Not only did Hellmuth win gold bracelet #13, he also became the first player to win both a WSOP and WSOP Europe Main Event - and he's now stepped into the lead for WSOP Player of the Year. The only way he could lose that honor is if Greg Merson wins the final table of the WSOP Main Event at the end of October.
"He [Greg Merson] has to win!" said Hellmuth regarding the WSOP POY scenario. "You know what, if he does it, just more power to him. I heard he's a fantastic player with a lot of talent. I think it's going to be a fun sweat."
The main event started with 420 players over two starting days, 24 players came back to fight for the title on Day 4. Some of the players who fell along the way - Joe Kuether, Andy Frankenberger, Liv Boeree, Max Silver, Kyle Julius, and Scott Seiver - as play went down to the unofficial final table with nine players. Timothy Adams bubbled to make the 2012 WSOP Europe Final Table official.
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Sarah Grant talks to Phil after his win.
Phil Hellmuth took home Bracelet #13, the WSOP Europe Main Event Championship, the first player to win both the WSOP and the WSOP Europe Main Event, and stepped into the lead for the WSOP Player of the Year. Congratulations Phil!
Official results were as follows:
1st - Phil Hellmuth, €1,022,376
2nd - Stephane Albertini, €632,592
3rd - Stephane Albertini, €423,360
4th - Joseph Cheong, €292,320
5th - Christopher Brammer, €207,648
6th - Paul Tedeschi, €149,184
7th - Stephane Girault, €108,864
8th - Jason Mercier, €84,672
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