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Hellmuth’s Incredible Seven 2021 WSOP Final Tables
There is no denying Phil Hellmuth is an incredible poker tournament player. His unorthodox style of play and his trademark rants make him a target for poker’s younger wizards. Hellmuth’s results speak for themselves. He reached seven WSOP final tables in 2021 alone, breaking a 28-year record An Tran held.
Daniel Negreanu posts his annual results for his fans. Hellmuth is more secretive, but followed in his friend’s footsteps and showed his buy-ins and winnings on Twitter. Hellmuth spent $448,379 on buy-ins and won $1,248,860. The buy-in figure includes the $1,979 for the Hall of Fame tournament that Hellmuth bought into but never played a hand because he was marching towards the sixth of his seven WSOP final tables.
Hellmuth’s Seven WSOP Final Tables
|9||$10,000 Omaha Hi-Lo Championship||5th||$80,894|
|19||$10,000 Seven Card Stud Championship||4th||$54,730|
|31||$1,500 No-Limit 2-7 Lowball Draw||1st||$84,951|
|36||$10,000 Dealers Choice Championship||2nd||$153,493|
|78||$10,000 Razz Championship||8th||$31,411|
|84||$50,000 Pot-Limit Omaha High Roller||2nd||$734,807|
Many consider Hellmuth’s biggest strength to be his ability to get weaker players to pay him off in No-Limit Hold’em tournaments. Players often play crazy to either send Hellmuth on one of his epic tirades or play ridiculously wide ranges to try and bust him from the tournament. However, all seven of Hellmuth’s WSOP final tables came in non-hold’em events. Furthermore, only one of those WSOP final tables came in a tournament with a buy-in less than $10,000.
The first of his WSOP final tables appearances came in the first open event of the series: the $25,000 H.O.R.S.E. Hellmuth crashed out in sixth, paving the way for Jesse Klein to cause an upset.
“The Poker Brat” did not have long to wait before he reached another finale. Event #9 was the $10,000 Omaha Hi-Low Championship, which 134 players bought into. Hellmuth navigated his way to the eight-handed final table, but fell in fifth for $80,894. Canada’s Ari Engel won that day, securing his second WSOP bracelet.
Hellmuth Reels in His 16th Bracelet
After finishing sixth and fifth at the first of his 2021 WSOP final tables, Hellmuth went one better and finished fourth in the $10,000 Seven Card Stud Championship. The result added $54,730 to Hellmuth’s earnings, although he desperately wanted the bracelet Anthony Zinno won.
A bracelet victory came the next time Hellmuth found himself at a final table. He made it known he wanted a No-Limit 2-7 Lowball bracelet. Hellmuth said it was because this is the even all the big name pros turn out for. The man from Wisconsin got his wish when he defeated Jake Schwartz heads-up. Not only did he net $84,951, but also walked away with his 16th WSOP bracelet.
The $10,000 Dealers Choice 6-Handed Championship is one of the toughest tournaments scheduled. Players choose from more than two dozen poker variants, meaning you need expert-level knowledge across a wide variety of games. Adam Friedman won the event for the third consecutive time, denying Hellmuth at the final hurdle.
More Near Misses For The Poker Brat
The now-16-time bracelet winner reached another final table in the $10,000 Razz Championship. Unfortunately, his time there was short-lived, and he busted in eighth place.
The seventh of his 2021 WSOP final tables came in the $50,000 Pot-Limit Omaha High Roller. This is not an event anyone expected Hellmuth to shine, but that is exactly what he did.
Eighty-five of the best PLO players on the planet bought in for $50,000 and created a $4,069,375 prize pool. The likes of Shaun Deeb, Ben Lamb, and Daniel Negreanu cashed, the latter busting in third. Hellmuth found himself heads-up again, this time against Jeremy Ausmus, who won his second bracelet earlier in the series. Ausmus got the job done and his hands on $1,188,918, leaving Hellmuth to win $734,807.