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Phil Hellmuth Wins 13th Bracelet In World Series Of Poker Europe Main Event

'Poker Brat' Earns $1.3 Million, Moves To 4th in Player Of The Year Race


13-time WSOP bracelet winner Phil HellmuthSix-and-a-half foot tall Phil Hellmuth leaped into the air in a fit of ecstasy. His AHeart Suit 10Diamond Suit had just held up against Sergii Baranov’s ASpade Suit 4Club Suit, securing his win in the 2012 World Series of Poker Europe main event.

With this he has raised the bar as the all-time WSOP gold bracelet leader to 13 and also earned €1,022,376 ($1,331,031). The 1989 WSOP main event champion is now the first to ever win both the flagship WSOP championship in Las Vegas and the WSOP Europe main event.

“I’m humbled by this. I’m still trying to figure out if this is real or not,” said Hellmuth during his bracelet presentation ceremony. “This was the best poker I have ever played in my life, I know that for certain. I played as good as I could possibly play and caught a few breaks, and here I am. I’m very thankful.”

This was Hellmuth’s second bracelet of 2012, having won the $2,500 WSOP razz event this summer for his first non-hold’em WSOP title. He also made two other final tables, including a fourth-place finish in the $1 million buy-in Big One For One Drop more than $2.6 million. As a result, the man know as the “Poker Brat” has climbed into 4th place in the Card Player Player of the Year race with 3,210 points and year-to-date earnings of nearly $4.3 million.

Hellmuth outlasted a 420-player field, the second largest in the WSOP Europe main event’s six-year history. He also had to contend with a number of top pros at the final table, including Jason Mercier (8th – €84,672) and Joseph Cheong (4th – €292,320).

This was Cheong’s fourth final table of the year, and the 900 POY points he earned have catapulted the former WSOP main event third-place finisher into 13th place in the overall standings in the POY race, with 2,570 points and year-to-date earnings of $729,152.

Here is a look at the complete payouts and POY points awarded at this final table:

Place Player Earnings POY Points
1 Phil Hellmuth $1,331,031 1,800
2 Sergii Baranov $823,572 1,500
3 Stephane Albertini $551,172 1,200
4 Joseph Cheong $380,571 900
5 Christopher Brammer $270,337 750
6 Paul Tedeschi $194,223 600
7 Stephane Girault $141,730 450
8 Jason Mercier $110,234 300

Winner photo courtesy of Jonathan Boncek and WSOP.