Phil Hellmuth is Persistent

Hellmuthheadshot_1There’s an epic song that describes Phil Hellmuth circa summer 2006. It goes something like, "I get knocked down, but I get up again, no you’re never gonna keep me down…"

Yes, Phil Hellmuth is the walking talking living breathing version of Tubthumping. Hopefully Hellmuth won’t be pissing another night away by not closing out a WSOP event.

Because after coming thisclose not once, but twice, Hellmuth finds himself…dare we say…"in position" yet again to claim that ever-elusive and record-tying 10th bracelet.

Hellmuth is second in chips (by 100) in the $1,000 NLH with rebuys event, stacked at 109,600.

Ween_thepodHe trails only noted Internet pro Shane "Shaniac" Schlegler, whose name would be a bitch to say if he had a lisp or a fat tongue, who’s stacked at 109,700. Editor’s note: Schlegler’s Poker Stars icon is a picture taken off of Ween’s first album (The Pod). This guy gets major, major WCP points for that.

Anyway, as stated on this very website before, we’d like to see Hellmuth pull this 10th bracelet out. He’s often not given his just due as a player (by anyone except himself), and plus, anybody who wants anything this badly deserves it already. It’s like that time that Wicked Chops Poker really wanted that yacht, mansion, and 72 virgin Brazalian models and we got all of that except it ended up being 87 virgins because that’s how badly we wanted it. Life lesson of the day: you can do anything you put your minds to, kids.

Of the 61 (from 754) remaining, notables include: Hasan Habib, Joe Bartholdi, Juha Helppi, James Van Alstyne, Tony G, David Plastik, 2006 WSOP bracelet winner Rafael Perry, that guy with a girl’s name who did something no man has ever done before (Shannon Shorr), Joe Sebok, John Spadavecchia, Bill Gazes, Humberto Brenes, and Mark Seif. IE there’s a lot of notables remaining.

Another side note: Daniel Negreanu rebought 48 times in this event. Not kidding.

In other WSOP news…

:: James Richburg won the $1,500 Razz event, beating Carlos Mortensen heads-up for the title. Richburg banks $139,576 for the win. This is Richburg’s third cashing at this year’s WSOP.

:: Alan Sass takes the chip lead to the $5,000 PLH event final table, stacked at $431,000. Jason Lester also remains in the event, sitting with 222,000.


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