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Making Moves and Pocket Sixes

by Phil Hellmuth |  Published: Sep 01, 2009


At last, it’s time to rest a bit. I was swamped at the 2009 World Series of Poker, where I played roughly 10 hours of poker a day for six weeks straight! At the end of it all, I felt like a failure, although my friends tell me that my six cashes and my deep run in the main event make for a pretty good year. To me, it felt like a bad year, because for nine straight years, I had made at least one final table at the WSOP (a record), and this year, I didn’t make any. Yet, all of my records at the WSOP stayed intact: most final tables (41), most cashes (74), and most bracelets (11). I watched with amazement as Phil Ivey won two bracelets (he has seven now) and made the main-event final table, as Jeffrey Lisandro won three bracelets, and as two others ...

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