WSOPE – Hellmuth Leads And Is Gunning For 13th Bracelet

The most successful poker player in history Phil Hellmuth delivered one of his most masterful displays yesterday in Day 4 of the World Series Of Poker Europe, by ending the day as the chip leader as we head to the final table.

Hellmuth proved that though he is now moving on in years that he can still mix it up with all of the young guys on the scene. He proved this by eliminating Kyle Julius in a massive hand that saw him top the leaderboard with 3.4 million chips.

He still has plenty of work to do as the final table is one of the strongest we have seen in a while as it includes Jason Mercier, Joe Cheong, Chris Brammer, Sergii Baranov and a small selection of French players.

As The Day Started!

The day began with the final 24 players all hoping to squeeze onto that final table of the event and it took a short eight hours to finally have that outcome. We lost some big names too in Andy Frankenberger, Joe McGowen, Liv Boeree, David Benyamine and Max Silver all early in the day.

It was in the middle of the day that the fireworks really started to go off though as Hellmuth and Julius played a massive hand that saw one of them eliminated. Julius put Hellmuth under huge pressure on the river of 9s-7c-5d-Ah-3c with a bet of 298,000 which was all of his chips.

Hellmuth thought long and hard before making the call to find that Julius had been bluffing with the Qc-10c, he showed his two pair of Ac-5c and pulled the 500k pot towards him. This put him at the top of the leader board for the first time with around 2.5 million, yet he wasn’t finished there and continued to build his stack up to the 3.4 million mark by the end of the day.

WSOP Player Of The Year?

Hellmuth has played superbly in all of the WSOP events this year; with the WSOPE being the true highlight having cashed in three events prior to this one and could potentially win this event. If he was to win he would take home his 13th WSOP bracelet and also become the first player to have won the Main Event in both the European and American WSOP.

Additionally if he manages to win here he will already have wrapped up the WSOP Player Of The Year, though just by finishing better than fourth he will go top.

The Set Final Table:

• 1. Phil Hellmuth – 3,434,000

• 2. Sergii Baranov – 3,339,000

• 3. Joseph Cheong – 1,966,000

• 4. Stephane Albertini – 1,162,000

• 5. Christopher Brammer – 851,000

• 6. Stephane Girault – 664,000

• 7. Jason Mercier – 652,000

• 8. Paul Tedeschi – 543,000