BLUFF had planned to follow Phil Ivey throughout the day today, but after receiving word that he did not want to be followed, we switched our coverage to a different Phil. We picked up the action with Phil Hellmuth just shy of halfway through level 6 on Day 2C.
12:40 – Hellmuth is sitting in seat 1 at Table 42 in the Brasilia Room. He is wearing his Phil Hellmuth brand hockey jersey along with an Aria hat with “PH” on the side.
Here is the seating arrangements for the table:
- Seat 1 – Phil Hellmuth
- Seat 2 – James Sparacio
- Seat 3 – Ryan Hughes
- Seat 4 – John Newcombe
- Seat 5 – Glenn Nunez
- Seat 6 – Jennifer Harman
- Seat 7 – Preston Perry
- Seat 8 – Fabio Luongo
- Seat 9 – Brent Hanks
12:45 – Hellmuth corrects the pot when action folds to him on the button. He reaches into the middle, sorts out the pot, and gives Ryan Hughes a rebate of 50 chips when they deduce that the dealer did not give him the correct change. He folds his hand and then raises from the cutoff the next hand to take the blinds and antes.
12:54 – A quiet Hellmuth raises and takes the blinds and antes for a second time.
12:56 – Hellmuth limps under-the-gun and calls a raise to 2,000 from Hughes two seats to his left. The flop came T85 and Hellmuth check-called a bet of 2,500 from Hughes. The turn was the 7 and Hellmuth check-called a bet of 5,000. The river was the 8 and Hellmuth check-folds to a bet of 15,000. He flashes pocket deuces to the table as he folds while Hughes mucks his hand.
“When I limp you know it’s got to be at least a pair,” he said after the hand. “He’s going to raise every limp. They don’t know, but I limp big. I made a mistake and I didn’t limp aces.”
He continues to talk about Hughes’ aggressive play while he takes the big blind.
1:03 – Hellmuth raises to 1,000 from the hijack seat and is three-bet by Hughes to 3,000 on the button. Hellmuth calls and they see a flop of KT9. Hellmuth check-folds and shows his cards to Hughes before they hit the muck.
“I know you’re in a hurry not to cash and play every hand,” he said to Hughes.
1:09 – Brent Hanks opens under-the-gun to 1,000 and Hellmuth makes it 4,000. Everybody folds and Hellmuth exposes his aces.
“You ruined my plan,” said Hellmuth to Hanks. “I was going to limp in and he’s (Hughes) is going to raise. I’ll re-raise and He won’t believe me. The script has already been written between us.”
“Instead you get my measly thousand,” responded Hanks with a laugh.
1:12 – Jason Mercier stops by and talks to Hanks and Hellmuth.
1:18 – The ESPN crew makes their way around the table to get footage of both Hellmuth and Jennifer Harman.
After the crew leaves, Hellmuth raises to 1,400 from the cutoff and Hughes calls from the small blind. The check down a 92266 board and Hughes claims he plays the board. Hellmuth tables J3 and takes the pot.
“I check down with jack high just begging him to bet at it,” says Hellmuth.
1:34 – Hellmuth raises to 1,400 under-the-gun and Hughes calls. Fabio Luongo moves all in from from the big blind for 15,000. Hellmuth asks for a count before folding.
1:45 – In a seemingly deja vu moment, Hellmuth raises to 1,400 from the cutoff and is called by Hughes from the small blind. They both check a flop of JT9. Hughes bets 2,000 on a J turn and Hellmuth folds. He is quiet the rest of the level and ends hovering around the 100,000 mark.
2:42 – Hellmuth raised to 1,800 from middle position and was called by Hughes in the cutoff before John Newcombe three-bet on the button to 4,100. Hellmuth and Hughes called and they saw a flop of Q77. Hellmuth led out for 5,000 and Hughes folded.
“I’ll take this one, you take the next one,” said Hellmuth while Newcombe was in the tank.
Newcombe eventually mucked his hand and Hellmuth stacked his chips. They talked a little bit further about the hand that just took place before Hellmuth turned his attention to Hughes once more and admitted that he had made some mistakes against him today. While that conversation was going on, Fabio Luongo was all in and eliminated when his top pair ran into bottom set.
2:48 – Hellmuth was engaging in some table banter when he talked about how he makes a living.
“I made a living from people trying to bluff me,” said Hellmuth. “And they are shocked when I call them with bottom pair. How can you be shocked? It’s what I do for a living.”
2:50 – Hellmuth and Hughes check-fold to a bet from Glenn Nunez on a flop of Q33.
“Tens are good,” says Hellmuth to Nunez.
2:51 – Hughes raises to 1,500 from early position and Hellmuth defended his big blind. The flop was A42and Hellmuth check-called 1,600 from Hughes. The turn and river were the A and 4, respectively as it got checked down and Hellmuth won with K7.
“See what I got to do,” said Hellmuth. “It comes ace, four, deuce, and I got to call with the best hand with king-seven. It’s how I make a living.”
2:56 – Kyriakos Anthopolous fills the seat vacated by Luongo.
3:11 – Anthopolous min-raises to 1,200 from the button and Hellmuth calls from the big blind. The flop comes J75 and Hellmuth leads out for 3,000. Anthopolous calls and the turn is the 9. Hellmuth check-folds to a bet of 6,500 from Anthopolous.
“I have a pair and a straight draw,” said Hellmuth. “You and I might play a pot in an hour or two. I want you to bluff me.”
He then turned to Hughes and told him that he would have never folded his hand to Anthopolous.
3:24 – Hellmuth and Hughes battle once again when Hellmuth raises to 1,800 from middle position and Hughes three-bets to 4,300. Hellmuth puts in a four-bet to 14,300 and Hughes thought for a moment before calling. They both checked a T67 flop before the J fell on the turn. Hellmuth led for 15,000 and Hughes called.
“Deuce please,” said Hellmuth to the dealer.
The river was the K and Hellmuth checked. Hughes bet 28,000 and Hellmuth shot out of his seat with a few four-letter words. He took his ear buds out and his glasses off.
“Every fucking pot he wins,” says Hellmuth to Hughes. “He’s the worst player at the table. He’s trying to give me his money, but he’s just too stupid.”
Hellmuth eventually folded his hand and then added “Thats round one. You win. I know it’s coming and I know you’ll do it again.”
The very next hand Hellmuth and Hughes were back at it again. On a flop of A66, Hellmuth bet the flop and was called by Hughes. Hellmuth fired again on the turn, which was the 6 and Hughes called. The river was the J and both players checked. Hellmuth showed QJ and Hughes tabled Kx2x.
“I had to call you with king high,” said Hughes while Hellmuth dragged the pot.
The two talked more about Hughes’ play with Hellmuth saying “I’ll get ‘em all. I didn’t think I was going to get them in one hand.”
3:32 – Hellmuth is informed about Hughes’ poker success. “You got two bracelets?” asked Hellmuth.
“Don’t you look at the table draws bro?” asked Newcombe to Hellmuth.
“I don’t look at the table draws,” said Hellmuth. “I love you man, let’s just see what happens at the end of the day.”
3:36 – Hellmuth bumps fists with Newcombe while saying “Good line man” after Newcombe commented how he was in a “straitjacket” sitting in between Hellmuth and Harman.
3:38 – Hellmuth raises to 2,500, James Sparacio calls and Hughes three-bet to 7,000 on the button. Hellmuth and Sparacio both fold.
“See buddy, you three-bet me like ten times and I still got the patience to fold,” said Hellmuth.
4:01 – Anthopolous raises to 1,600 from the cutoff and is called by Brent Hanks on the button and Hellmuth from the big blind. The flop is A99 and it checks over to Hanks on the button, who bets 3,400. Hellmuth check-raises to 8,000 and both players fold.
4:20 – Right before the second break of the day, Hellmuth notices the Player of the Year banners on the wall. “I’m so tilted starting at these banners,” said Hellmuth as he just missed out on the 2012 Player of the Year last year because Greg Merson won the Main Event. He went on break with roughly 92,000.
4:52 – Hellmuth starts off the third level of the day on the right note. Sparacios raised to 3,000 under-the-gun, Hughes called and Hellmuth called from the big blind. The flop was 876 and Hellmuth checked. Sparacios checked and Hughes bet 3,000. Hellmuth called and Sparacios folded. The turn was the 2 and Hellmuth check-called 4,200 from Hughes. The river was the 9 and Hellmuth led for 20,000. Hughes thought for a few moments before calling.
“Straight flush,” said Hellmuth as he tabled QT. Hughes threw his hands in the air and mucked his hand.
5:28 – Hellmuth raises to 2,600 from the cutoff and is called by Hughes on the button. The flop was 542 and Hellmuth check-called 2,700. The turn was the 4 and Hellmuth check-called 6,100 from Hughes. Both players checked the J river and Hellmuth quickly turned over A3, giving him a straight.
6:02 – Newcombe raised in early position and was called by Nunez and Hellmuth defended his small blind. The flop came AK5 and Hellmuth led out for 3,500. Both players folded and Hellmuth showed AT.
6:20 – Action folds to Hellmuth in the small blind who raises to 3,000. Sparacios folds and Hellmuth shows pocket aces to the table.
Just a few hands later, Hellmuth raised to 2,500 from the cutoff and was three-bet by Newcombe from the big blind to 5,500. Hellmuth called and the two saw a flop of 774. Newcombe bet 4,500 and Hellmuth went into the tank.
“You got jacks?” asked Hellmuth as he played with his chips. He asked the question a few more times before raising to 11,500.
Newcombe went into the tank for a minute before releasing his hand. Hellmuth quickly stacked the chips and left the room for a few minutes before coming back with a sandwich from the Poker Kitchen.
6:34 – On a flop of Q28, Anthopolous checked, Hellmuth bet 7,000 and Hughes called. Anthopolous got out of the way and the two players checked a 4 turn. The river was the 8 and Hellmuth quickly check-called the 11,000 river by just announcing “call” without physically putting any chips into the pot.
Hughes tabled TT and lost to Hellmuth’s KQ.
6:50 – Hellmuth raised to 2,500 from middle position and Hughes and Newcombe called from the cutoff and button, respectively. The flop was KJ2 and Hellmuth led out for 5,500. Both players folded and Hellmuth stacked his chips.
“I hit that flop,” he said right before he went on dinner break with 163,000 in chips.
8:32 – Hellmuth arrives at the table a few minutes late from dinner break as the blinds increased to 500/1,000 with a 100 ante.
8:50 – Hellmuth limped in on the button and Hughes raised to 3,000 out of the big blind. Hellmuth called and the two players checked down a board of Kx7x3x9x and Hughes won at showdown with QJ.
9:05 – A very quiet Hellmuth scrolls through his phone.
9:08 – Athanopolous limps in from the cutoff, Hanks raised to 3,200 from the button, Hellmuth calls from the small blind and Anthopolous calls as well. The flop comes KQ7 and it checks to Hanks, who bets 5,000. Hellmuth calls and Anthopolous folds. The turn is the J and both players check. The river is the 4 and Hellmuth bets 8,000. Hanks quickly folds and Hellmuth says “I had it” as he scoops the pot.
9:14 – Hellmuth leaves the table and runs off into the hallway. He returns a few moments later with half of a sandwich.
9:35 – Glenn Nunez is eliminated.
9:46 – Newcombe raises to 2,500 from early position and Hellmuth defends his big blind. The flop comes Q94. Both players check and see the T turn card. Hellmuth bets 2,000 and is raised to 4,500 by Newcombe. Hellmuth folds and remarks “No more freebies from me.”
9:52 – After Anthopolous limps in, Hellmuth raises to 8,000. Everybody folds and he shows AK.
9:55 – Newcombe is eliminated when he runs his pocket kings into the pocket aces of Sparacio.
10:07 – Anthopolous limps from middle position, Hellmuth limps from the cutoff, and Hughes limps in on the button. Both blinds see the flop as well. Everybody checks to Hughes who bets and takes the pot down.
10:14 – Hellmuth raises to 3,000 under-the-gun and is called by Hughes. Gary Greenlee, who replaced Nunez, three-bets to 8,100. Both Hellmuth and Huges fold and let Greenlee take the pot.
10:21 – Action folds to Hellmuth on the button and he raises. Both blinds fold and Hellmuth shows pocket kings. He ends the fourth level of the day with just over 170,000 in chips.
11:02 – Hellmuth talks to a reporter about how tight he has been playing over the last few hours.
“I don’t remember playing so tight before,” he said. “In Europe, I played 48% of the flops at the final table. Here I’m playing like four percent. You got to do move left and right, duck and dodge.”
He turns his attention to Hughes before saying “I’m waiting for you to give me the chips.”
11:07 – Preston Perry is eliminated
11:09 – He walks over to a nearby table to talk to one of the tournament chip leaders, Mark Kroon. “I never play a hand, how can they get me?” he said.
11:11 – Anthopolous raises to 3,500 from middle position. as the blinds have been raised to 600/1,200 with a 200 ante. Hellmuth three-bet to 10,000 from the cutoff and Hughes cold-called 10,000 from the small blind. Anthopolous called and the three saw a flop of 972. It checked over to Hellmuth, who bet 17,000. Hughes folded and Anthopolous called. The 3 came on the turn and Anthopolous checked again. Hellmuth bet 35,000 and Anthopolous went into the tank.
“I’ll show you this one,” said Hellmuth. “I’ll show you.”
“I’ll show you too,” said Anthopolous before he tossed in a call.
The river was the 5 and both players checked. Hellmuth showed AQ and was unable to top Anthopolous’ QQ.
“Nice hand,” said Hellmuth in disgust.
11:15 – Anthopolous raised to 3,000 from middle position and was three-bet by Hellmuth from the hijack to 10,000.
“You on tilt now?” asked Anthopolous.
“No, I mean yes, I can’t see straight,” replied Hellmuth.
Anthopolous called and the flop came AQ6. Anthopolous check-called 9,000 and the rest of the hand was checked down as the board ran out K and the A. Anthopolous tabled AT and Hellmuth mucked.
“Ace-ten offsuit isn’t going to win very often against me,” said Hellmuth.
11:19 – “I’m all in Phil,” yelled Kenna James from another table. He had done it before and Phil ignored it. This time he turned around to see who it was.
“Oh, it’s you,” said Phil. “Have another beer Kenna.”
11:20 – Harman is eliminated when her pocket tens run into Daniel Smits’ pocket kings.
11:23 – On a flop of 983, Hellmuth led out from the big blind for 6,000. Hughes raised to 14,000 and Anthopolous folded in late position before Hellmuth called. Hellmuth check-folded on a Q turn.
“Nice hand buddy,” he said as he mucked his cards as he dropped to 55,000.
The very next hand Anthopolous got the better of Hellmuth. Anthopolous raised to 3,000 from the cutoff and Hellmuth called out of the small blind. The flop came J96 and Hellmuth led out for 3,000. Anthopolous raised to 12,000 and Hellmuth called. The turn was the 6 and Hellmuth check-folded when Anthopolous bet 18,000. Hellmuth mucked QJ face up, which prompted Anthopolous to show 43, good for a stone cold bluff.
“He tried to give it to me and I didn’t pick it up,” said Hellmuth as he shot out of his chair. “Nice hand buddy. You really out played me.”
11:32 – Hellmuth raised to 3,500 from the cutoff and was called by Hughes on the button and Greenlee in the big blind. The flop was 982 and it checked to Hellmuth, who bet 2,000. Both players called and the 5 fell on the turn. Both players checked again before Hellmuth bet 6,000. Both players folded and Hellmuth picked up the pot.
The very next hand Hellmuth raised to 3,500 from middle position and was called by Hughes from the cutoff. The flop came AKQ and Hellmuth bet 3,000. Hughes called and the J fell on the turn. Hellmuth check-called 7,000 to see the 4 on the river. Hellmuth checked and Hughes bet 23,000.
“I’m running bad, running bad,” complained Hellmuth as he folded. “Wow,” he yelled as he slammed the table.
11:47 – Anthopolous raised to 3,500 from middle position and Hellmuth called from the hijack before Hughes three-bet to 7,500 from the button. Both players called the three-bet and they saw a flop of K65. It checked over to Hughes, who bet 10,000. Both players called and the 7 fell on the turn. Anthopolous leads into the field for 30,000 and gets two folds after just a few moments of hesitation.
Hellmuth dropped under 30,000 after that pot.
11:58 – Hellmuth min-raised under-the-gun to 2,400 and a new player who replaced Harman three-bet to 5,800. Hellmuth moved all in for just over 20,000 more and he gets his opponent to fold TT face up.
12:02 – There was a raise from a new player who was under-the-gun to 2,500. Anthopolous called from the cutoff as did Hellmuth from the small blind and Sparacios from the big blind. The flop was KT4 and everybody checked to Anthopolous, who bet 5,600. Hellmuth and Sparacios called to see the Q turn. It checked to Anthopolous again, who bet 16,500. Hellmuth moved all in for 17,000 more and Sparacios went into the tank before folding his hand.
“What’s your name buddy?” asked Anthopolous.
“Phil,” replied Hellmuth.
“I can’t beat the king,” said Anthopolous. “That’s good news for you.”
Anthopolous folded his hand and Hellmuth dragged the pot.
12:20 – Hellmuth eliminated one of the short-stacked new players when he got it in preflop with AT against his opponent’s pocket sevens. He flopped an ace to win the pot and get up to around 70,000 in chips.
12:30 – Greenlee raised to 2,500 under-the-gun and was called by Anthopolous. Hellmuth three-bet to 6,000 from the cutoff before Sparacios cold four-bet to 20,600. It folded back to Greenlee who five-bet to 53,100. Anthopolous quickly folded and Hellmuth told the ESPN cameras to come over here and look at what he was folding. He showed pocket queens to the camera before folding his hand. Sparacios folded his hand and Greenlee dragged the pot.
“Don’t make a fool of yourself Phil,” yelled Freddy Deeb as he walked over to the table.
“I folded two queens,” replied Phil. “This is what they make me fold.”
“I haven’t had two queens in five days and you fold,” said Deeb.
The two chat for a few more moments about a hand that Deeb played at his table before Hellmuth sits back down.
12:47 – There was a raise to 3,000 which was called by Hellmuth on the button before Hughes three-bet to 12,700 from the big blind. The raiser folded and Hellmuth called.
The flop came 763 and Hughes led for 11,000. Hellmuth called and folded when Hughes bet 20,700 on the Jd turn card. There were only a couple hands left in the day and Hellmuth bagged up 49,200 chips heading into Day 3.
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