For most players attending the World Series of Poker, notching six cashes for more than $330,000 nearing the end of June would be considered a smashing success… but most players aren’t Phil Hellmuth.
In the world of the “Poker Brat,” success is defined by one metric above all else – gold bracelets.
Hellmuth’s 14 bracelets make him the all-time leader in that regard, putting him four over a trio of poker legends in Doyle Brunson, Johnny Chan and Phil Ivey. But since he bagged a pair of bracelets in 2012 – one at the WSOP proper in Las Vegas and another at the WSOP-Europe – he’s added only one more (2015) in nearly five full series since.
He’ll get another chance to extend that precious record on Monday, as Hellmuth is one of just 11 players from the original 125-runner field returning for Day 3 of Event #48: $10,000 Seven-Card Stud Hi-Lo 8 or Better World Championship.
As is usually the case with the WSOP’s prestigious $10,000-tier events, the field featured table after table of top-notch talent – as evidenced by the five multiple-time bracelet winners still in contention.
But while Abe Mosseri, Brock Parker, Benny Glaser, and Jonathan Duhamel are all well-known and highly respected pros, nobody can touch Hellmuth’s sheer star power.
All eyes will be on him as the hunt for his 15th bracelet continues, but sitting in seventh position on the chip leaderboard with 420,000, Hellmuth will have to climb back in to catch leader Andrew Kelsall (965,000). Mosseri (767,000), Parker (609,000), and Glaser (477,000) are all ahead of him as well, but in this swing-filled game, one or two early scoops can easily turn the tables.
The 11 survivors are all guaranteed to take home at least $22,396 for the deep run, but everyone has their sights set squarely on the top prize of $320,193.
In order to reach 15 bracelets, you have to start with the first one, and Texas-based grinder Nathan Gamble did just that over the weekend – winning Event #46: $1,500 Pot-Limit Hi-Lo 8 or Better.
After overcoming the 830-strong field to secure $223,339, by far the largest live score of his career, Gamble was more interested in the hardware that sets him apart from poker’s pack of aspiring pros. Just over a week after Father’s Day, Gamble dedicated the win to his dad, telling PokerNews that the win was for him.