Event #15, $3,000 Six-Max Hold’em, will be resuming shortly. It is down to 15 players and one of those remaining in the field is the “Poker Brat” himself. Phil Hellmuth has a 491,000 stack to start the day, right about the average. This is another good opportunity for Hellmuth to go after bracelet number #14. His first shot came during the Event #7 Seven-Card Razz tournament, but Ted Forrest denied him the celebration after winning the heads-up battle.
If there is one thing the Poker Brat is not missing going into tonight’s match, that’s confidence. Hellmuth is notorious for his self-motivational speeches at the tables and more recently these have moved to his Twitter as well. Of course, the man with 13 WSOP bracelets to his name can allow for some confidence, although he is not facing an easy task today since he will be competing with the likes of Vladimir Geshkenbein, Davidi Kitai, and the Internet wizkid and newcomer to the WSOP scene, Bosnian Alen Bilic.
In other news, the Seniors Event started yesterday and it broke last year’s record as 4,425 players registered to play before registration closed at the start of Level 7. The action in this event was, traditionally, fast and furious, and before the last hand of Level 11 was dealt, more than 2,800 players were sent to the rail. Seniors have created a prize pool of nearly $4 million, with more than $627,000 guaranteed to the winner.
The event attracted many familiar faces that have been around for quite some time. Some of them, like Marcel Luske, John Duttie and Cyndy Violette, did not return to play today as their chips went to other stacks in the room. Others, like former Main Event runner-up Dennis Phillips, the legendary Sammy Farha, and Barny Boatman have all secured their seat for the start of the play today. It was Ronald Bradway who finished the day as the chip leader, as he bagged 125,100.
WSOP action continues today at the Rio and more bracelets will be awarded in events #15 and #16 (2-7 Limit Triple Draw). The poker madness continues!