Hellmuth Barely Misses his 12th WSOP Bracelet

June 14, 2011

Phil Hellmuth, 11-time World Series of Poker winner, came in second place over the weekend at the 2011 WSOP No-Limit Deuce to Seven Draw Lowball with $10,000 buy-in, just barely missing his 12th bracelet win. Runner up to John Juanda, fellow long time poker pro, Hellmuth congratulated Juanda after losing. Hellmuth told Juanda, “Well played buddy. Well played.”

This was Juanda’s fifth bracelet, which also paid him $367,170 after he defeated the field of 125 players. Juanda is a US resident, though he first came to the US back in 1990 from Medan North Sumatra in Indonesia to go to college at Oklahoma State University where he got his degree. He also attended Seattle University and received an MBA. He worked as a salesman before he realized playing poker full time was more lucrative.

Within five years of playing in the WSOP, Juanda had earned three gold bracelets and made it to 16 final tables, though he hadn’t won a bracelet since 2003 when he won a Pot Limit Omaha event, until now.

Juanda is one of nine WSOP players to hold five bracelets. Others in this exclusive club include the late Stu Ungar, Chris Ferguson (2000 WSOP champ), Berry Johnston, Jeffrey Lisandro, Ted Forrest, “Bones” Berland, Allen Cunningham, and Scotty Nguyen (1998 WSOP champ). Other significant WSOP bracelet holders include Phil Ivey and Erik Seidel with eight bracelets each and Doyle Brunson and Johnny Chan at 10 each. Hellmuth holds the most with 11.

Hellmuth, who once held the record for youngest player to win the WSOP Main Event when he took the title in 1989 at the young age of 24, still took home a decent prize worth $226,907 for second place, his 80th best career cash and pushing his career earnings up to $6.4+ million. He hasn’t won a WSOP bracelet since 2007.


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