Hellmuth wins record 15th WSOP bracelet

Phil Hellmuth added to his poker legend and to his record World Series of Poker bracelet haul earlier this week in Las Vegas.

Hellmuth’s 15th career WSOP bracelet win came in the $5,000 No-Limit Hold’em tournament against a 452-player field. He cashed $485,082 for the win which bumped his career live-poker tournament earnings to $22.8 million. From that total, just over $14.5 million has come in WSOP events from 137 cashes.

Hellmuth had to really grind to claim his 15th WSOP win, as he was the low stack for most of heads-up play in the tournament. It came down to Hellmuth and Steven Wolansky heads-up and when play between the two began, Wolansky had 8.6 million in chips to Hellmuth’s 2.7 million.

The key hand in heads-up play looked like it was going to be Hellmuth’s last. Still holding the short stack, he was all-in with K-10 diamonds against Wolansky’s K-J hearts. Hellmuth drew a ton of outs after two diamonds landed on the flop. The turn card was rags for both players, leaving Hellmuth needing a 10 or a diamond on the river to survive. The poker gods answered his prayers when a 10 spiked on the river, giving him the hand and the chip lead.

On the final hand of the tournament, Hellmuth was all-in with pocket threes against Wolansky’s Ad-9c. The flop gave Hellmuth a huge lead when it showed 9s-2h-3c. Wolansky needed runner-runner to survive but came up short when the turn card was the 6d and the river the 8h.

It was Hellmuth’s first WSOP win since 2015 when he won the $10,000 Razz Championship. His first WSOP win came back in 1989 when he won the $10,000 Main Event. His largest WSOP cash came at the 2012 World Series of Poker Europe, where he won the €10,450 Main Event to cash €1,022,376, or $1,333,841 US.

Yaser Al-Keliddar snags first WSOP win

As Hellmuth was beating his own WSOP record, Yaser Al-Keliddar was on his way to his first WSOP win in the $3,000 Limit Hold’em 6-Handed tournament. Al-Keliddar bested a 221-player field to win $154,338.

It came down to Al-Keliddar and Juha Helppi heads-up for the tournament title. On the final hand, Al-Keliddar had Helppi dominated with pocket fours vs 10s-4d. Al-Keliddar’s pocket fours held up when the board showed Ks-6s-7c-Jh-8s.