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Hellmuth’s Bid for Bracelet No. 12 Falls Short at 2010 World Series of Poker

All-time Bracelet Leader Finishes in 15th Place in Event No. 8

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Phil HellmuthNumber 12 will have to wait.

Phil Hellmuth caught the poker world’s attention as he headed into today’s play with a top 5 chip count with just 25 players remaining in Event No. 8, a $1,500 no-limit hold’em event at the World Series of Poker. But Hellmuth was never really able to make a run today, eventually busting out in 15th place.

After a hand with Max Steinberg left him crippled, Hellmuth showed some of his trademark frustration. “It’s a miracle you’re still here,” he reportedly said after the hand. “I’ve been playing lights out for three days…” he muttered, while sitting on a stack of approximately four big blinds.

After his Q-9 failed to improve against Scott Vener’s A-6, Hellmuth was done — and clearly disappointed and angry that his run came up short.

“I’m all in one time in 14 hours,” Hellmuth said to his wife as he walked away from the table. “They played so bad against me…I’m [expletive deleted] steaming.”

Hellmuth entered today’s play with 556,000 in chips, good enough for fifth place with just 25 people remaining of the 2,341-player starting field.

Hellmuth is alone at the top of the all-time WSOP bracelet list with 11. Doyle Brunson and Johnny Chan are tied at No. 2 on the all-time list with 10 bracelets apiece.