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Phil Hellmuth Heads Up for 12th Bracelet

Stacked Final Table Also Featured Defending Champion David Baker


Update: Phil Hellmuth and John Juanda are currently engaged in a historic heads-up duel. Follow along via Card Player’s live updates.

Phil HellmuthAfter two full days of play, the final nine are set in WSOP event no. 16, the $10,000 2-7 Draw Lowball World Championship. Not surprisingly, the field is absolutely stacked with notables and promises to be one of the most viewed final tables of the summer.

Leading the way is Richard Ashby, who has already final tabled a $10,000 event this summer. He’s followed closely by Joe Cassidy. Rounding out the top three is defending champion David Baker, who has proven in a very short period of time that he is one of the best in the world in this format.

If that wasn’t enough for you, we still haven’t gotten to the poker brat himself, Phil Hellmuth, who will be gunning for his 12th gold bracelet. Should he find a way to win, it would be the first non-hold’em bracelet of his career. Of his $10.9 million in lifetime earnings, over $6.2 million has been earned at the WSOP.

Hellmuth will have to fight off 2004 main event champion Greg Raymer, along with Steve Sung, Hasan Habib, and Nick Schulman.

John Juanda final tabled this event last year, finishing fourth. He’s still in contention, but he’ll have a lot of work to do as the short stack. In addition to the hardware, all of the players will be battling for the first-place prize of $367,170.

Here’s a look at the chip counts.

Rank Player Name Chip Count
1 Richard Ashby 700,000
2 Joe Cassidy 540,000
3 David ‘Bakes’ Baker 492,000
4 Steve Sung 441,000
5 Hasan Habib 437,000
6 Greg Raymer 355,000
7 Phil Hellmuth 339,000
8 Nick Schulman 306,000
9 John Juanda 171,000

All of the action begins at 3:00 p.m. on Saturday and Card Player will have all of it for you with level-by-level updates. Be sure to check back to see who takes it down.