Just a couple of months after celebrating a controversial title that ended a long period of no victories, Phil Hellmuth won the $2,500 Razz event and extended his record for World Series of Poker championships. He now holds 12 WSOP bracelets and increases the gap between his next two closest competitors, Doyle Brunson and Johnny Chan, who own 10 bracelets each. Hellmuth defeated Don Zewin heads-up for the title.
“This is the first tournament in my life I have no idea what the prize money is,” Hellmuth said immediately after the victory on a live stream of the event on WSOP.com. “I don’t know what first-place is.” We know though, Hellmuth won $182,793. When he was informed about the numbers, Hellmuth responded: “I was hoping for $425,000, but it’s all about the bracelet.” Other notable finishers in Event 18 included Barry Greenstein (sixth), Scott Clements (18th), Joe Tehan (23rd) and Allen Bari (26th). This was Greenstein's second final table at this year's WSOP.
This is Hellmuth’s first bracelet in a non-Hold’em event, so this was most likely a very special victory for him. Last year, Hellmuth finished runner-up in three WSOP events, including the $50,000 Player's Championship, where he cashed for $1 million. As someone who values his poker legacy by his bracelets, that must have hurt.
Hellmuth now has $11,119,105 in career tournament earnings, ranking him ninth all-time. Here are the final payouts for Event 18: $2,500 Razz:
Phil Hellmuth – $182,793
Don Zewin – $113,024
Brandon Cantu – $74,269
Scott Fischman – $54,248
Brendan Taylor – $40,167
Barry Greenstein – $30,150
Michael Chow – $22,945
Jeffrey Mitseff – $17,693