WSOP Daily Round Up - Phil Hellmuth Wins Bracelet Number 12, Ivey Pipped for Bracelet Number 9

Hellmuth will be celebrating right now after just clinching WSOP bracelet number 12
Ivey will be cursing his luck as he looked set to take bracelet number nine only to fall short at the final hurdle

What a day at the WSOP. As the day started all the gossip surrounded the appearance of the two Phil's (Hellmuth & Ivey) as they had both reached the final day of their respective events.

As the night wore on both players rose to the occasion and towards the end of proceedings both held dominating chip leads in their events (Phil Hellmuth in the $2500 Seven Card Razz and Phil Ivey in the $10k PLH). When play reached heads up in both events however Ivey was around even with Andy Frankenberger whereas Hellmuth held a commanding lead over Don Zewin.

In Ivey's match, to reach heads up play Frankenberger had been required to chip up considerably by doubling through Ivey and then crippling Ali Eslami before Ivey finished him off. To start even with Ivey was a great achievement for Frankerberger who had not too long since been down to just 8bb's.

After a little back and forth Frankenberger seemed to assert his authority in heads up play and one particular pot which will haunt Ivey and was for over 1.75 million occurred when, after calling a check raise from Frankenberger on the turn he saw Frankenberger check the river and looked like he was going to bet out. He eventually checked back only to see Frankenberger scoop the pot with just King high.

Ivey looked visibly rattled after this and soon after made a long deliberated big call on the river in a c.2 million pot which also went to Frankenber who had rivered a straight. Down to his last 10 or so big blinds Ivey took a stab raising all in on an A 4 5 flop holding 6 7 only to see Frankenberger snap call with AJ. The board ran out with consecutive 5's and Ivey's dreams of a 9th bracelet went with them. Frankenberger meanwhile can reflect on a superbly played heads up match with his second gold bracelet and the $446k first prize.

It was a different story for the other Phil however who started the day in third spot and put pressure on his opponents all day long, never dropping out of the top five. Hellmuth started the final table in second spot although he dropped a couple of places before he really began to assert his authority when the final table reached when the six handed stage, and after taking the chip lead, he never looked back.

Play reached the heads up stage as Hellmuth knocked out Brandon Cantu in third and he entered the final two with a huge 1.9m to 400k lead. Don Zewin however was not going down without a fight and reeled off a series of pots one after the other to bring things back to 1.3m - 1m. That was as good as things would get for Zewin however as Hellmuth soon reasserted his authority and despite taking a couple of hours to end it Hellmuth never looked in any danger and comfortably took down his record 12th WSOP braclet. Strangely enough Zewin had been at the final table with Hellmuth when he won his first bracelet, placing third to Johnny Chan and Hellmuth in the 1989 Main Event and congratulations to him for providing a great match and taking second place.

In his post match interview Hellmuth admitted that this was probably the first time he'd ever gone into a final table with no clue as to the first place prize money ($182k as it happens) giving some indication as to the importance of the bracelet to him above all else.

This is Phil's first non Hold'Em bracelet and puts some fresh air between himself and his two rivals on ten bracelets (Doyle Brunson and Johnny Chan). The bracelet will doubtlessly put to rest the demons Phil must have felt hanging over him after three second place finishes last year.

This is Phil Hellmuth's first bracelet since 2007 and caps off a remarkable two WSOP's for the most outspoken man in poker.

In other news we saw Event 19 ($1500 NLE) play down to 19 players from the days starting field of 260 (2,302 entered the event 2 days ago). The most recognisable name still in contention is that of Barry Schulman who sits in 7th spot although some may recognise Canadian Phillipe Boucher who took a PLO bracelet at last years WSOPE who is also in contention in 11th place. The current chip leader is Gregg Wilkinson on 1.227m chips. The Event will play to a finish this evening.

Also finishing its day 2 today was Event 20, $5k LHE and we saw the back of a few big names today as the likes of Daniel "KidPoker"Negreanu, Jason Mercier, Annie Duke, Jennifer Harman and Dario Alioto all bit the dust during yesterdyas play. Out of the 17 remaining entrants coming back for todays finale we see the likes of Jeff Schulman, Matt Glantz, Jesse Martin and Mike Schneider. The current chip leader is Matthew Woodward on 265k with limit hold'em specialist Terrence Chan just behind him on 238k.

Two events started yesterday, Event 21 ($1k NLHE) and Event 22 ($2.k 2-7 Triple Draw Lowball). As you might expect the $1k event attracted a large (2,799) field which was whittled down to just 228 by the ends of the day, with current chip leader Edward Locke sitting on 133.2k chips. The lowball event attracted 228 entrants, 79 of whom will return this evening most of which are names you may well recognise. With too many to list some high up the leader board currently include; John Monnette, Layne Flack, Josh Arieh, Barry Greenstein and Vincent van der Fluit.

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