Phil Hellmuth wins 16th WSOP bracelet

Poker legend Phil Hellmuth added onto his own record on Sunday after capturing his 16th career World Series of Poker bracelet.

Hellmuth’s 16th WSOP bracelet win came in the $1,500 No-Limit 2-7 Lowball Draw event. He outlasted a 2772-player field to cash $84,851 and collect his record-setting 16th bracelet. That puts him six bracelets clear of any other player, as three poker legends, Doyle Brunson, Johnny Chan and Phil Ivey are currently tied for second with 10 bracelets each.

The win continued an incredibly early run for Hellmuth at the 2021 WSOP which includes five cashes, and four final table appearances. In those five events Hellmuth has cashed just over $320,000.

In the NL 2-7 Lowball Draw tournament headed into the final day second in chips. At one point he was sitting with the short stack but went on a strong run that included a pair of large pots to move back up the chip standings.

When only two players remained, it came down to Hellmuth and Jake Schwartz for the tournament title. At the outset of heads-up play Schwartz had 3.9 million chips to Hellmuth’s 3.1 million. Schwartz grew his stack for a 2-to-1 advantage over Hellmuth before the poker legend took over and took enough chips back to gain a 5-to-1 chip lead on Schwartz.

In the final hand of the tournament Hellmuth moved all-in from the button and Schwartz made the call. Hellmuth asked for two cards, and Schwartz asked for one. Before the cards were drawn Hellmuth showed 9-8-2 and Schwartz 10-4-3-2. Hellmuth drew a 5 and a 7 leaving Schwartz drawing dead and giving Hellmuth the win.

The was Hellmuth’s first WSOP bracelet win since 2018 when he won the $5000 No-Limit Hold’em tournament. It’s been 32 years since Hellmuth claimed his first-ever WSOP bracelet in the 1989 $10,000 Main Event. In his career Hellmuth has cashed $15.3 million in WSOP events.