Hellmuth’s Lucky 13th

October 9, 2012

What began with a field of 420 players, turned out to be a 13th WSOP bracelet win for NLH tournament specialist Phil Hellmuth. The 2012 World Series of Poker Europe Main Event title goes to Hellmuth, who won his 12th bracelet this year at the WSOP. Hellmuth has managed to make a comeback this year, proving the critics wrong who said he was washed out and used up. Nothing could be farther from the truth.

Following his win, Hellmuth commented, “”This was the best poker I’ve ever played in my life, I know that for certain. I played as good as I can possibly play, caught a few breaks, and here I am. I’m very thankful.”

Apparently his best was good enough and landed him a prize worth €1.02 million. According to commentator Antonio Esfandiari, Hellmuth’s playing style throughout this tournament was unexpected. Redefining his game may be just the strategy that Hellmuth needed to get back on top.

Entering the final table as chip leader, Hellmuth managed to stay that way most of the day. Only second place Sergii Baranov was able to give the Poker Brat a run for his money. But ultimately, Baranov was no match for Hellmuth’s aggressive and extremely loose game.

Ukrainian Baranov had predicted the WSOPE Main Event would lead to a heads up match between himself and Hellmuth. What he didn’t foresee though was coming in second.

“I know people don’t expect me to use this word, but I’m humbled,” Hellmuth said. “I’m trying to figure out if this is real or not.”

The conservative Hellmuth was in hiding, as he was calling out of position with less than hopeful cards (something he’s always shamed other players for doing—apparently he figured it must have some strategic value to it), and making large bets to intimidate his opponents.

This makes Hellmuth’s 95th WSOP cash and tops him out at more than $17 million in tourney winnings.


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