Phil Hellmuth is in the poker hall of fame because he has had an amazing poker career for the last twenty five years. Hellmuth was at the Rio Convention Center in Las Vegas to take part in the 2015 World Series of Poker.
Hellmuth entered the $10,000 Razz Championship, a WSOP bracelet event and played an amazing game to defeat Mike Gorodinsky (2nd place) and Adam Owen (3rd place) to win the event and his 14th WSOP bracelet. Hellmuth also walked away with $271,105, while Gorodinsky took $167,517 and Owen took home $104,914. He had to work hard to win the $10,000 Razz Championship as he had to go through a field of 103 players.
Hellmuth plans on playing a few more events at the 2015 WSOP event and will be looking to take home his 15th bracelet. The poker pro who now lives in California has made more than $18 million from his poker winnings. Over $12 million of this prize money came from WSOP events.
In a statement, Hellmuth said
It’s an amazing feeling. It’s one of those ones where I kept my head down the whole time. I tried to stay divorced from the result, detached from the result. I was just focusing on playing great, playing great, playing great.
Hellmuth dedicated the victory to his close friend Dave Goldberg who passed away at the age of 47. Goldberg was the CEO of SurveyMonkey. Hellmuth said
I’m going to give this bracelet to his wife and kids. This is for Dave Goldberg. Goldy, I love you.
The WSOP bracelet is one of the most coveted items on the poker circuit. Hellmuth currently leads the pack with 14 bracelets and his challengers still have a long ways to go before they can pose him any serious threat. Johnny Chan, Doyle Brunson and Phil Ivey have all won 10 WSOP bracelets and it may take them a few more years to beat Hellmuth’s record of 14.
Hellmuth has a reputation for doing well in WSOP events. He was the youngest poker player in 1989 to win the WSOP main event and since then has gone on to win a number of other prestigious tournaments including the 2012 World Series of Poker Europe (WSOPE) main event and 13 WSOP bracelets.
Ironically this was only the 2nd time that Hellmuth has succeeded in winning a razz event as the other 12 victories were at all Texas’s holdem.