Phil Hellmuth Does It Again with Bracelet #15

July 13th, 2018 | by Jason Reynolds

Phil Hellmuth has rewritten the history books again by winning his 15th World Series of Poker (WSOP) bracelet in the $5,000 No Limit turbo event.

Phil Hellmuth WSOP win.

Phil Hellmuth has proved once again that he’s a master at WSOP events after picking up his 15th bracelet. (Image: WSOP)

Just days after an expletive-laden outburst saw him vilified by members of the poker community, the Poker Brat has bounced back to prove he’s among the greatest WSOP players of all time. Lining up in Event #71 alongside 451 entrants all intent on bagging a last-minute bracelet, Hellmuth mounted an impressive late comeback to secure title number 15.

Veteran Shows His Resolve

At the start of the final session, the 53-year-old pro was off the pace and had to fight his way to a record-breaking win. By the time only Steven Wolansky stood in his way, Hellmuth had to overcome a 3:1 chip deficit to get the gold.

To make matters worse, the turbo structure meant the blinds increased every 30 minutes. With no choice but to get busy, Hellmuth took the aggressive route and found himself all-in with K♦T♦ against the K♥J♥ of Wolansky.

Despite the pre-flop disadvantage, the poker gods were in a forgiving mood as a ten on the river sent the pot in Hellmuth’s direction. Within seven hands, the match was over when a set of threes were enough to defeat Wolansky’s pair of nines.

As the rail congratulated one of poker most outspoken players, the man himself was almost lost for words.

“[Number] thirteen in Europe was really humbling for me. So was fourteen. And so was fifteen. It’s humbling. I haven’t had a very good summer, but I’ve kept myself positive,” Hellmuth told the WSOP’s live reporting team on July 11.

2018 HOF Inductees Announced

From one poker legend to two more, the WSOP has just announced its 2018 Hall of Fame (HOF) inductees. Following a month-long voting process, John Hennigan and Mori Eskandani have become HOF members #55 and #56.

Hennigan is a long-standing tournament veteran and high stakes cash game player with more than $8 million in career earnings. For many, Eskandani will be best-known for his work on shows such as Poker After Dark and High Stakes Poker.

As a TV producer and executive, Eskandani has been instrumental in turning poker into a spectator sport. For his contribution to the game, he’ll go into the HOF alongside some of the best players to ever grace the felt such as Doyle Brunson, Phil Ivey, Chip Reese and his 2018 stablemate, Hennigan.


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