Phil Hellmuth Goes for 12th WSOP Bracelet in $50k Players Championship

Fittingly, the 2011 WSOP Player of the Year race may be determined by Ben Lamb and Phil Hellmuth at the $50k Players Championship final table.

Tuesday at the 2011 WSOP almost had a pre-UIGEA buzz. The Amazon Room (and Pavillion) were packed. There was a lot of energy and anticipation as the Main Event was nearing (and yet another $1,500 field popped a big entrant number). And a massive rail started forming by the $50,000 Poker Players Championship, as Phil Hellmuth is making another run at bracelet #12.

Going into the money bubble, Hellmuth was on life-support as one of the smaller stacks. But he rebounded after the bubble burst (Robert Mizrachi being the bubble boy), and the Poker Brat ended the day fifth in chips with 2,245,000.

With nine remaining, high-stakes pro Minh Ly is the big stack with 5,215,000. He’s followed by Brian Rast with 2,660,000.  The rest of the field includes: Matt Glantz (2,535,000), George Lind (2,315,000), the aforementioned Hellmuth (2,245,000), Owais Ahmed (1,425,000), Ben Lambeer (1,180,000), Jason Lester/Al Krux (oooold joke of ours, 920,000), and Scott Seiver (725,000).

So the remaining nine are fittingly and for the most part a “who’s who” of who’s running hot right now. Brian Rast, Owais Ahmed, and Ben Lamb have won bracelets this year. Hellmuth (with two) and George Lind have runner-up finishes this year. And Scott Seiver has three cashes and a WPT Championship in May to his credit.

We’re not going to do the math math math, but there are 2011 WSOP Player of the Year implications for this event as well, with Lamb in first and Hellmuth in fourth. We’d imagine it’d take an early exit from Lamb and a win from Hellmuth to alter the rankings, but again, fuck numbers.

Follow the action at 3pm PT on here.

For more 2011 WSOP coverage, go here.

Finally, how much would a Hellmuth victory (and his general performance at this year’s WSOP) change your historical perspective of him as a player? Weigh in in the Comments section.


2 Responses

  1. 2orque

    July 6, 2011 4:06 pm, Reply

    Hellmuth is still on of the best tournament players and this year just proves that the game has not past him by.  He is still a fish in the big cash.  He just does not have tilt control.  He is one of the best players to play the game when he is on his a game but his biggest problem is that he has no b are c game he goes from a game to e and f game way to fast.

  2. Chinaman

    July 6, 2011 5:04 pm, Reply

    Hellmuth for President! He’s the only reason this year’s WSOP has been interesting, especially with all these furrinurs around. The poker world should be licking his balls for everything he’s done and continues to do for the industry.

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