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WSOP Daily Report: Phil Hellmuth Blows Up, Doug “WCGRider” Polk Leads Turbo Final Table

The Poker Brat is back! Phil Hellmuth, who recently said he is a changed man, got back to his old ways yesterday night in the Sin City.

He was one of 121 players who returned to the poker tables for Day 2 of the notorious World Series of Poker $10,000 H.O.R.S.E Championship. But somehow along the way, he lost his temper and flushed away all that he said prior to the start of the series. The Poker Brat couldn’t survive Day 2 and in his last hand, he berated the player who eliminated him, 2010 WSOP Main Event winner Jonathan Duhamel.

According to PokerNews Live Reporting, Hellmuth told Greg Mueller afterwards: “I never lost a pot on tilt, though. Duhamel just kept beating me.”

Duhamel eventually joined the Poker Brat at the rail before the bubble burst. Day 1 chip leader Jeff Madsen was the unlucky one who finished just one spot out of the money in 25th place. He was involved in a Stud hand against Mueller who outran him by going for two pair against only an Ace-high type of hand held by Madsen.

After that, three more players were eliminated and left the remaining 21 ready for the final day. Among them, Tommy Hang sits comfortably atop the chip leaderboard. Other big names are also in the mix like Omaha Hi-Lo runner-up Richard Ashby, one-time bracelet winner David Benyamine, six-handed no-limit champion Justin Bonomo, “The Italian Pirate” Max Pescatori, 2-7 Triple Draw fourth place finisher Nick Schulman, “Kid Poker” Daniel Negreanu, and gaming legend and tournament specialist Bertrand “ElkY” Grospellier.

And since we are talking about blowups, what a start Event #23: $1,000 Turbo No-Limit Hold’Em had!

“You’re a joke! You’re the biggest joke in here. Supposed to be a pro? Angel shooting. You’re a f—— joke!” a player berated Micah Rasking after he apparently pushed his chips forward but didn’t release them from his hand. The dealer made a mistake and thought Rasking announced an all-in. The two continued afterwards with the poker pro challenging his opponent to a $5,000 heads-up game. “Set it up. Get your backers or whatever you need to do and let’s go,” the tilted player responded.

Meanwhile, at the other tables, the action was fast and furious and from a field of 1,473 registered, only nine remained after just 15 hours of play. The leader of the final nine is none other than self-proclaimed best heads-up no-limit poker player in the world, Doug “WCGRider” Polk. Also having a shot at the Turbo title is 2013 WSOP One Drop High Roller winner Anthony Gregg.

Last but not least, another event is set for gold this evening. We are talking about Event #21: $1,000 NLHE. Sixteen players remained after Day 2 with 2011 WSOP November Niner Bob Bounahra leading the way. Online specialist Thayer “THAY3R” Rasmussen is second, while two-time bracelet winner Dominik Nitsche completes the top three of the chip leaderboard.

Be sure to check PokerUpdate tomorrow to find out the outcome of each of these three events.

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