Phil Hellmuth has a great chance to improve his record as the greatest WSOP winner as he will enter the WSOP Europe Main Event final table holding the chip lead. Hellmuth has a massive 3,434,000 stack, which is good for 143 big blinds. Ukranian Sergii Baranov is a close second with 3,339,000 in chips. A win would improve Hellmuth's record to 13 bracelets, three more than Doyle Brunson and Johnny Chan, the next players on the all-time WSOP Bracelet Winner list.
In spite of his lead, Hellmuth will have his hands full with the competition as other notable players made it to the final table as well. Former November Nine Joseph Cheong, Jason Mercier and Chris Brammer are among those aiming at the title. Should Hellmuth win the Main Event, he will become the first player ever to win both the American and European WSOP Main Events. In addition, Hellmuth is also in contention for the WSOP Player of the Year race, which is currently led by Antonio Esfandiari, who had a terrific performance during the American edition of the series. If Hellmuth finishes better than fourth he will pass Esfandiari.
The Main Event attracted a 420 player turnout, which created a €4,032,000 prize pool. Besides the bracelet, the champion will walk away with the €1,022,376 first prize.
Chip counts before final table:
1. Phil Hellmuth – 3,434,000
2. Sergii Baranov – 3,339,000
3. Joseph Cheong – 1,966,000
4. Stephane Albertini – 1,162,000
5. Christopher Brammer – 851,000
6. Stephane Girault – 664,000
7. Jason Mercier – 652,000
8. Paul Tedeschi – 543,000
*** The Final table is going on right now. Christopher Brammer was eliminated in 5th place for €292,320 and there are four players left in the tournament. Phil Hellmuth holds the chip lead with 4,900,000, followed by Baranov who has 3,455,000 in chips. You can watch it live on the WSOP website.