Finnish Poker Legend Juha Helppi Scoops $10k Limit Gold And $306,622

Finnish poker legend Juha Helppi snared his first-ever WSOP gold bracelet early this morning in Las Vegas, taking down the $10k Limit Hold'em Championship and $306,622…

By: Andrew Burnett

It took the Helsinki man 16 years of trying to lift his maiden WSOP victory, three runner-up spots among his previous six final table appearances.

The $10k Limit Championship drew 118 entries, nine of them returning for the decisive day three, Josh Arieh and Kevin Song among the challengers, the former still fresh from a runner-up finish in the $50k PPC.

The Main Event may well have been hogging the centre stage, but Helppi’s rail was still there for him as his bracelet dreams came down to a 5-hour heads-up battle against Mike Lancaster.

“I felt like I could come back and I had good support from my rail and they gave me confidence”, Helppi explained to WSOP reporters afterwards.

The lead changed hands several times before Helppi finally landed the coveted gold bracelet, taking his live earnings close to $8million.

Final Table Results:

1 Juha Helppi $306,622
2 Mike Lancaster $189,505
3 Tommy Hang $133,718
4 Anthony Marsico $96,272
5 Kevin Song $70,750
6 Josh Arieh $53,095
7 Kyle Ray $40,709
8 Qinghai Pan $31,902
9 Robert Como $25,566

 

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