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Hellmuth Wins 11th WSOP Bracelet

Phil Hellmuth Extends His Legend by Winning Event #15 and His 11th Gold Bracelet

June 11, 2007 will go down in poker history as the first time a player captured an eleventh World Series of Poker gold bracelet. It may become the only day in history that can claim that distinction. Hellmuth won the $1,500 no-limit hold'em event in dominant fashion and topped fellow legends Doyle Brunson and Johnny Chan as the all-time bracelet leader. "YES…YES…Oh Baby!" shouted Hellmuth after the win. He was all smiles and graciously shook the hand of runner-up Andy Philachack. The historic victory was then announced to the Amazon room, which broke out into thunderous applause.

"I haven't even looked at the money yet, it's a nice pile," said Hellmuth after the gravity of the situation hit him. He then picked up a stack of money off the pile and kissed the prize. Everyone who knows Phil knows he couldn't care less about the money at this point. He is a fanatic about poker history, and he has now increased his part in that history. "I'm ready to own all the records. I'm ready to be the man, finally," said Hellmuth.

Here is how the heads-up action played out in the event logs:

David & Goliath

The players took a short break before heads-up play and returned to the following chip stacks:

Phil Hellmuth: $5,732,000
Andy Philachack: $2,152,000

Consecutive Command

Phil Hellmuth jumped out to an even larger lead when he won the first two hands of the heads-up match. Hellmuth bet $200,000 preflop on the third hand, and Andy Philachack made the call. The flop brought J 8 2. Philachack bet $200,000 and Hellmuth raised to $700,000. Philachack folded and the third hand in a row went to Hellmuth. A board of Q 8 7 6 sat on the table when Hellmuth bet $250,000 on the next hand. Philachack called and the river brought the K. Philachack led out for $300,000 and Hellmuth quickly called. Hellmuth immediately flipped over 7 4. Philachack turned over A 9, and Hellmuth took down his fourth pot in a row.

Uneven Stacks

Philachack picked up a few pots and the chip counts were then:

Phil Hellmuth: $6,895,000
Andy Philachack: $1,000,000

Overbet Central

Philachack began to overbet at pots and it was clear he wanted to avoid postflop play with Hellmuth. It wasn't working too well, though, and Hellmuth took out another chunk from his stack to climb above $7 million.

Phil Hellmuth Wins 11th Bracelet!

Andy Philachack moved all in and Phil Hellmuth made the call. Philachack turned over A 10 and Hellmuth turned over A 3. Tension was thick in the air while the board hit the table with 9 4 3 Q J. Hellmuth won his record eleventh gold bracelet by winning the $1,500 no-limit hold'em event. He took home $637,254 in prize money, but more important, he made history by topping Doyle Brunson and Johnny Chan for the all-time lead in number of World Series of Poker bracelets. Philachack was eliminated in second place and he took home $394,594 in prize money.