Phil Hellmuth collected his 12th World Series of Poker gold bracelet, this time winning for the first time in a non-Texas Hold’em event, as he captured the coveted bling in $2,500 Seven Card Razz, event no. 18 in this year’s WSOP.
The Poker Brat had three runner-up finishes in last year’s series and was determined not to fall short of the gold in the 43rd annual running of the WSOP. Hellmuth won $182,793 for his first-place finish, outlasting 308 other entrants. When the event was down to heads-up competition, Hellmuth saw a familiar face across the felt. Second-place finisher Don Zewin, who pocketed $113,024, finished 3rd in 1989’s WSOP Main Event, which Hellmuth won for the first of his dozen gold bracelets.
The Razz title allows Hellmuth to expand his lead as the man with the most gold bracelets on the planet. Johnny Chan and Doyle Brunson each have won 10 WSOP events. Hellmuth’s victory increases his career WSOP winnings to $13,339,913, good for fourth on the all-time list behind Erik Seidel, Daniel Negreanu and Phil Ivey.