Phil Hellmuth won his record 14th World Series of Poker bracelet in the $10,000 Razz Championship in front of a packed house and Ty Stewart, Executive VP of the WSOP, was on-hand to personally award Hellmuth his bracelet.
John Gale returned to the WSOP after a three year absence and took down the $1,000 No Limit Hold’em Turbo event for his second bracelet. The Millionaire maker got one step closer to the champion with 17 players returning. The $3,000 Limit Hold’em Six Max event heads into its final day and the $10,000 Omaha Hi-Lo Championship drew 157 entrants.
Phil Hellmuth Wins 14th Bracelet in $10,000 Razz Championship
“It’s an amazing feeling, I kept my head down the whole time and tried to stay divorced from the result,” he said. “I was just focused on playing great too often in the past. I said I’m just going to keep my head down until its over and then I can look up and talk or celebrate. It still feels like this is a dream – I mean it’s my first cash. It’s not like I went deep and then won a bracelet.”
“Mike was really tough and I needed all my concentration to give myself the best chance to beat him,” Hellmuth added. “I’ve always thought I was going to win 24 bracelets – I don’t know why that number stuck out in my head – ever since I won three in 2003.”
“I’m donating the bracelet to Dave Goldberg – when he died a month ago Obama said something about him. He was just an amazing human being – 1,700 people came to his restricted access funeral,” he said. “I played poker with him, he left way too early at age 47 and I’m going to give this (the bracelet) to his wife and his kids.”
Hellmuth battled through an all-star table that featured Mike Leah, Stephen Chidwick and Brandon Shack-Harris. Shaun Deeb and Erik Seidel also returned for Day 3 but didn’t make it to the final table.
Hellmuth defeated Gorodinsky after an extended heads-up player that saw each player take the lead multiple times. They battled for over two hours and Hellmuth didn’t clinch the braclet until midnight.
- Phil Hellmuth – $271,105
- Mike Gorodinsky – $167,517
- Adam Owen – $104,914
- Mike Leah – $75,964
- Thomas Keller – $59,370
- Jyri Merivirta – $47,344
- Stephen Chidwick – $38,447
- Brandon Shack-Harris – $31,727
John Gale Wins Second Bracelet in $1,000 No Limit Hold’em Turbo Event
John Gale returned the to World Series of Poker after a three-year hiatus due to health complications. He was one of the top counts returning for Day 3 of Turbo event and outlasted the field to win his second bracelet and $298,290.
“It’s absolutely unbelievable, the last three years I’ve been in and out of hospitals with all sorts of surgeries. I’ve missed the last three World series and been miserable because of it,” Gale said.
“The doctor told me not to fly so I compromised with him said, ‘Okay, I’ll take a plane then,'” he joked. “I’ve got a brain tumor and had an open heart surgery. We’re all good now with the brain tumor, I guess you’ve got to have a brain first.”
“This is wonderful and unexpected, in 2006 I was probably a bit arrogant and didn’t deserve it,” Gale added. “This second one feels wonderful, absolutely fantastic.”
Gale defeated Gary Luther heads-up, but the real battle was three-handed with Matthew Vessier. They played around 30 hands before it was trimmed to the final match up.
- John Gale – $298,290
- Gary Luther – $184,481
- Matthew Vessier – $127,549
- Andrew Le – $91,991
- Stuart Rutter – $67,248
- Nitesh Rawtani – $49,807
- Mark Darner – $37,379
- Sean Rice – $28,417
- Tim Finne – $21,873
Millionaire Maker Day Brings 17 to Final Day
Day 3 of the Millionaire Maker began with 142 players and after ten levels just 17 players remain. Leading the field is Randy Pfeifer after bagging up 6.565 million.
Erick Lindgren is second in chips and Olivier Busquet, Javier Zarco and Mike Sexton return with top ten stacks. Niall Farrell, Justin Pechie and Andrew Lichtenberger also move on but with a short stack.
Each returning player has $56,668 guaranteed but ninth place is where the six-figure payouts begin with $115,890. But everyone has their eye on the top prize – $1,277,193.
- Randy Pfeifer – 6,565,000
- Erick Lindgren – 5,950,000
- David Miscikowski – 5,275,000
- Olivier Busquet – 5,150,000
- Javier Zarco – 4,420,000
- Mike Sexton – 3,300,000
- Mohammad Siddiqui – 3,135,000
- Sean Troha – 2,890,000
- Do Chung Tran – 2,860,000
- Brad Libson – 2,490,000
$10,000 Omaha Hi-Lo Championship Draws 157 Entrants
The $10,000 Omaha Hi-Lo Championship kicked off at 4 p.m. but didn’t fill out until the end of the day with 157 players. After ten levels Scott Tuttle leads the remaining 101 survivors with 172,300.
Tom Schneider sits second in chips with Josh Arieh, Anthony Zinno and Shaun Deeb in the top ten. George Danzer, Scott Clements, Eli Elezra and Mike Matusow advance with more modest stacks.
- Scott Tuttle – 172,300
- Tom Schneider – 162,800
- Gregory Jamison – 101,400
- Josh Arieh – 91,900
- Jeffrey Vaughn – 91,000
- Anthony Zinno – 90,400
- Ken Aldridge – 89,600
- Shaun Deeb – 89,100
- Alan Sternberg – 82,100
- Mikhail Semin – 81,800
Keven Stammen Out in Front of 3,000 Limit Hold’em Six Max
After ten levels of play Keven Stammen bagged up the chiplead in the $3,000 Limit Hold’em Six Max event. The day started with 160 players and 22 return for Day 3.
“I’m feeling good heading into tomorrow, I feel like know how to play Limit (Hold’em) now,” Stammen said. “I don’t play too many of these – it’s fun. In this game you’ve got to let it come to you.”
Brian Hastings, Ronnie Bardah, David Chiu, Matt Hawrilenko and Jorryt van Hoof all return for the final day.
- Keven Stammen – 459,000
- Joseph Thomas – 394,000
- Andrew Brussard – 378,000
- Matthew Elsby – 345,000
- Harun Sapmaz – 307,000
- Gabriel Nassif – 285,000
- Brian Hastings – 282,000
- Alexander Kuzmin – 278,000
- Daniel Harmetz – 250,000
- Yegor Tsurikov – 248,000
$1,500 No Limit Hold’em
The early event pulled in 1,844 for a $1,500 No Limit Hold’em event and after 11 levels just 272 players remain. Valentin Vornicu tops the counts with 212,000 – a 65,000 chip lead over second-in-chips Natasha Barbour with 147,100.
Cary Katz, Daniel Idema, Andy Frankenberger, Jordan Cristos and Daniel Weinman all bagged above average stacks. While Kevin MacPhee, Marvin Rettenmaier, Hiren “Sunny” Patel and Taylor Paur have a bit of work to do on Day 2.
- Valentin Vornicu – 212,000
- Natasha Barbour – 147,100
- Selim Oulmekki – 146,200
- Ryan Welch – 140,800
- Cary Katz – 138,400
- Christopher Sly – 131,800
- Lance Donnell – 129,800
- Kevin Jorna – 122,700
- Vishal Marocha – 122,300
- Todd Rebello – 115,800
Tuesday promises a good bit of action with a $1,000 No Limit Hold’em event kicking off at noon and a $1,500 No Limit Deuce to Seven begins at 4 p.m. The $1,500 Millionaire Maker plays down to a winner on the ESPN Feature Stage.
The secondary feature table hosts the $3,000 Limit Hold’em Six Max event and the $10,000 Omaha Hi-Lo Championship rolls on to Day 2.
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