After struggling in four final tables, Phil Hellmuth ultimately added a record-breaking 16th World Series of Poker (WSOP) bracelet to his belt. Hellmuth clinched this prestigious bracelet in the 2021 WSOP where he shipped the Event #31: $1,500 No-Limit 2-7 Lowball Draw title. With this win, Hellmuth has experienced another peak in his WSOP career.
Hellmuth first shot to fame when he won the 1989 WSOP Main Event and became the youngest champion to do so at the time. Since then, Hellmuth’s poker career has been nothing short of spectacular with 157 cashes in WSOP alone. This incredible victory also marks this poker pro’s first WSOP gold bracelet in a deuce-to-seven poker game. The latest win is Hellmuth’s third bracelet in a non-Hold’em variation.
The event #31 had a field of 272 players and generated a prize pool of $363,120. Hellmuth grabbed $84,851 in prize money. Ever since the 2021 WSOP rolled in, Hellmuth has been in pursuit of his 16th bracelet. In the 2021 WSOP, the poker pro reached four final tables. First at the $25,000 H.O.R.S.E where he finished sixth, then the $10,000 Omaha Hi-Lo 8 or Better where he finished fifth, and the third in the $10,000 Seven Card Stud event where he finished fourth.
Shortly after shaking his opponent’s hand, Hellmuth turned to his wife to say, “What did I tell you, honey? I’ve always wanted a deuce-to-seven bracelet.”
After years of preparation, Hellmuth finally won a bracelet in the popular lowball variation. “I’ve wanted a deuce-to-seven bracelet ever since the 1980’s because it was the coolest bracelet to win. It’s the one tournament that Chip, Doyle, and all the big named poker players showed up for. I’ve been fighting so hard for this bracelet for so long, and my game has gotten better and better. I’ve worked really hard at it, and I know all these tricks because I’ve been playing since the eighties. It feels really good,” said Hellmuth.
This win has certainly left Hellmuth feeling elated and in need of a break for his effort. “I’m probably going to give myself two days off. There might be a big tournament I want to play on Monday or Tuesday, but I’m going to give myself the day off,” said Hellmuth after his victory.
Donna Amo was a writer at Gutshot Magazine. She is a graduate from Sophia College of Women, Mumbai with a degree in English Literature. When this October born foodie is not writing content or poetry, she spends her time laughing at memes or watching series. Based out of Mizoram, she is drawn to all things nature and has a soft spot for puppies.