Poker Brat Phil Hellmuth extends his own record for holding the most WSOP bracelets by winning the 2015 $10,000 Razz $10,000 Buy in Championship taking his haul of bracelets up to 14. He is now far and away the most successful WSOP player in history and by winning this one he also added a further $271,105 taking his total WSOP earnings to $12,512,800 gained from an astounding 109 cashes.
This was also his 52nd final table appearance and after the win he stated that, “It’s an amazing feeling, it’s one of those ones where I kept my head down the whole time, I tried to stay divorced from the result, detached from the result. I was just focusing on playing great, playing great, playing great.”
Play great is pretty much exactly what he did and on Day 2 of the event he started his run to bracelet number 14, finishing the day third in chips and setting the scene nicely. Into the final day he built his stack and a good lead, and once at the final table he never looked back, at one stage holding over 50% of the chips while 5 players still remained. The field of 103 players was no pushover and included the like of Brandon Shack Harris, Mike Gorodinsky and Mike Leah, all of whom own WSOP bracelets.
Although the majority of the 14 bracelets, 11 in fact, have been won playing Texas Hold’em he has now silenced those who argued that was the only poker variation he could dominate at, and 3 Razz bracelets later his critics are not left with much of an argument. Regarding playing Razz, Hellmuth says that, “I think I figured something out about Razz in maybe 2012, all of a sudden the game just clicked. I was like ‘wow’ this game just makes sense, then I won a bracelet.” After picking up his bracelet he told the crowd that it was being given to the wife and family of a departed friend, Dave Goldberg, saying that, “I lost a friend about a month ago, Dave Goldberg, I’m going to give this bracelet to his wife and kids. This is for Dave Goldberg, Goldy I love you.”