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Baccarat : Phil Hellmuth gets his 10th Gold WSOP Bracelet

By Joni Hawk

Level: Jul 26th 2006
Again Phil Hellmuth deserves to be congratulated as he again has made World Series of Poker history. We say again because this is the 10th World Series of Poker gold bracelet Hellmuth wins.

Hellmuth won $631,863 for outlasting 753 opponents, but the money was less important for the man who became the youngest player to win the WSOP Main Event in 1989.

Hellmuth declares that a day before the competition said “I would pay a million bucks so he will win the bracelet, he only needs to win it”. ”I didn't know if I'd get there because I came close three times this trip. I'm just so, so happy."

Hellmuth has been on a mission to catch up to the Hall of Fame players this year. He's been on verge that twice already, finishing second and sixth in events earlier in this year's series.

The people present at the competition were also on Hellmuth’s side because after every pivotal hand they were chanting "10! 10! 10!"

It was clearly that Phil Hellmuth was extremely happy about his accomplishment since while Jeffrey Pollack was started the bracelet presentation, he left the stage and went to hug his family, saluted poker pros present there like Mike Matesow and John Bonetti and started a long round of applause before he went back on the stage to get his “most wanted” bracelet.

Hellmuth came into the final table as the chip leader, and except for a few hands along the way, maintained that chip lead until Helppi knocked out Daryn Firicano in third to build a 2-1 lead going into heads-up play.

Helppi was just one card away from the title in an unbelievable sequence, as both players were all in before the flop, Helppi with A-6 and Hellmuth with pocket fives. While Hellmuth hit a set on the flop, all three cards were diamonds, giving Helppi a flush draw. Helppi hit the Queen of diamonds on the turn to take the lead, but the river brought another Queen, giving Hellmuth a full house. The players were virtually tied after the hand.

Hellmuth didn't need as much luck on the next pivotal hand, calling Helppi's all-in re-raise with pocket Kings, which held up against Helppi's A-10. Hellmuth had a 7-1 chip lead after the hand, and it was all over but the crying for Helppi, who has yet to win a WSOP bracelet. Hellmuth finally knocked out the Finn with an A-J, beating Helppi's A-9.

"Now I want this on the record," Hellmuth said. "I'm not buying the Dom (Perignon), because I don't want to get sued later. But Ultimate Bet is buying the Dom! Over in the UB lounge, I'll be there; I'll be drinking a few glasses."

True to form, the lounge was hopping at 2 a.m., as fans and friends were there to celebrate Hellmuth's victory. There are 10 reasons to toast Phil Hellmuth tonight.
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