Poker Coverage: Poker Tournaments Casino News Sports Betting Poker Strategy

Phil Hellmuth Wins 14th Bracelet In 2015 World Series of Poker $10,000 Razz Championship

50-Year-Old Poker Pro Extends Lead In Bracelet Race


The “Poker Brat” has made history yet again.

Phil Hellmuth has come out on top in a World Series of Poker event for the record 14th time. The 50-year-old poker pro who resides in Palo Alto, CA topped a field of 103 players in the 2015 WSOP $10,000 seven-card Razz Championship to add even more distance between himself and his nearest bracelet-race challengers in Phil Ivey, Doyle Brunson and Johnny Chan, who each have won 10.

“It’s an amazing feeling,” said Hellmuth after the win. “It’s one of those ones where I kept my head down the whole time. I tried to stay divorced from the result, detached from the result. I was just focusing on playing great, playing great, playing great.”

Hellmuth did not only make history tonight with this record win. He also earned a sizable amount of money—$271,105 to be exact. As a result, he increased his lifetime live tournament earnings to $18,054,002. He currently occupies the seventh-place spot on the all-time earnings list. The 1989 WSOP main event champion has always shined particularly bright at the Series, with $12,783,905 of his total earnings coming in WSOP events.

Hellmuth told the crowd that was still sweating the action as midnight drew near that this latest bracelet would, like many of his others, be dedicated to someone special to him.

“I lost a friend about a month ago, Dave Goldberg," said Hellmuth, referring to the chief executive of SurveyMonkey who recently passed away at the age of 47. "I’m going to give this bracelet to his wife and kids. This is for Dave Goldberg. Goldy, I love you.”

Although Hellmuth has already proven himself as one of the games greats, it was far from a given that he would come out on top in this event. He came into a final table filled with top pros like fellow bracelet winners Mike Gorodinsky, Brandon Shack-Harris, Thomas Keller, and Mike Leah. Recent pot-limit hold’em bracelet winner Shaun Deeb finished ninth and eight-time bracelet winner Erik Seidel placed 11th, so it’s safe to say Hellmuth had plenty of tough competition to deal with along the way.

Mike GorodinskyThe final showdown for the bracelet came down to Hellmuth versus Gorodinsky, who began heads-up play with approximately a 2-to-1 chip advantage. Hellmuth was able to overtake the lead and wear Gorodinsky down before the 2013 bracelet winner mounted a comeback. As the betting limits grew larger so did the swings, and there were several key hands that could have gone either way, but in the end Hellmuth chipped away at Gorodinsky until he was left with only 55,000 of the roughly 3.1 million in play.

Gorodinsky was able to double twice, but on the third hand in a row that he got all of his chips in by fourth street he was not as fortunate. With the (10-2)5 Gorodinsky brought it in and Hellmuth called with the (7-6)4.

Gorodinsky caught a 4 on fourth street while Hellmuth pulled a king. Gorodinsky bet 60,000 and Hellmuth raised to 120,000. Gorodinsky raised again and Hellmuth raised again. The got the rest of Gordinsky’s stack in in that street and rolled up their down cards. The dealer then dealt out the remaining streets:


With the ace on seventh street Hellmuth secured the pot and the title, sending Gorodinsky to the rail as the runner up with $167,517 for his efforts.

This was Hellmuth’s second bracelet in razz, with his other 12 all coming in hold’em variants. He also finished runner-up in the $1,500 razz event at the WSOP last year.

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

Place Player Earnings (USD) POY Points
1 Phil Hellmuth $271,105 600
2 Mike Gorodinsky $167,517 500
3 Adam Owen $104,914 400
4 Mike Leah $75,964 300
5 Thomas Keller $59,370 250
6 Jyri Merivirta $47,344 200
7 Stephen Chidwick $38,447 150
8 Brandon Shack-Harris $31,727 100

For more coverage from the summer series, visit the 2015 WSOP landing page complete with a full schedule, news, player interviews and event recaps.

Winner photo and quotes courtesy of WSOP.



over 6 years ago

I was not surprised. Phil Hellmuth is a very experience player. He certainly played poker for at least 30 years now. Every year at WSOP he made a good money. If he did not win or at least make some money, it is probably something wrong for him.