Phil Hellmuth fell short in his attempt at extending his World Series of Poker bracelet record when Ted Forrest defeated him in the $1,500 Razz on June 1. When Hellmuth is heads-up for a bracelet, his record now stands at 13 wins and 10 losses. Ten-time bracelet winners Johnny Chan and Doyle Brunson have both lost four times when heads-up for a bracelet.
The Hellmuth v Forrest heads-up match featured the most bracelets among the final two player playing for a bracelet in WSOP history – 18.
Notable players to defeat Hellmuth for a coveted WSOP bracelet: Johnny Chan, Erik Seidel, Billy Baxter, John Juanda and Brian Rast.
The sixth bracelet win for Ted Forrest may help extended a streak that has run longer than the “Moneymaker Era”. Since 2000, at least one player has won multiple bracelets during the WSOP. Why that’s relevant to Ted Forrest is his tendency to win his bracelets in bunches. He won his first three bracelets in 1993, a year that featured 20 open events, adding two more bracelets in 2004.
Brock Parker won his third career WSOP bracelet on June 3 in event 10: $10,000 Omaha Hi-Lo. Parker’s previous two bracelets were in six-handed hold’em events. His win, coupled with his final table in the $1,500 Razz moved him past Vanessa Selbst for the lead in the WSOP Player of the Year standings, powered by BLUFF Magazine.
The $10,000 Omaha Hi-Lo also featured two women at the final table: Shirley Rosario and Melissa Burr. The last time multiple women made the same final table in an open event was in Event 4 of the 2012 WSOP: $1,500 Seven Card Stud Hi-Lo featuring Xuan Liu and Bonnie Rossi.
The second largest field in poker history, the $1,500 Millionaire Maker, concluded June 3 with Amherst, New York native Jonathan Dimmig earned over $1.3 million in victory. His previous live tournament winnings was $34,473.
Two players at the Millionaire Maker final table had previous six-figure scores: fourth place finisher Andrew Teng and ninth place Maurice Hawkins.
Second place finisher Jeffrey Coburn had just two previous results – both from the 2013 WSOP Daily Deepstacks series. Jason Johnson, the seventh place finisher in the Millionaire Maker, had two top-five finishes the previous week in Daily Deepstacks, earning over $22,000.
The Millionaire Maker drew 6,226 unique entries as 1,751 players entered both flights. Those numbers are up from 5,044 and 1,299 from the inaugural edition in 2013.
While the Millionaire Maker and $10,000 Omaha Hi-Lo winners drew most of the interest, Jeffrey Smith and Nghiahiep (Danny) Nguyen were playing for over $323,000 and the bracelet in Event 9: $1,000 No Limit Hold’em. Smith emerged as the winner, becoming the fourth player with a last name of Smith to win a bracelet, joining Bill Smith, Jordan Smith and Gavin Smith. For comparison purposes, five different Nguyen’s have bracelets.
Alex Bolotin won the $1,500 No Limit Hold’em Shootout on June 2, but it wasn’t his first time in the winner’s circle at the WSOP. Bolotin won the 2009 Ante Up for Africa a charity event that didn’t award a bracelet.
The Daily Deepstacks series continues to provide huge crowds to the WSOP tournament area. The $235 event on June 2 drew a record 1,736 entries with a first place prize of over $53,000. The average attendance for the seven tournaments that started at 3pm is 1,208 entries and expects to increase throughout the month of June.
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