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Hellmuth Blows Up, Busts: “This is the F***ing Main Event Bro!”
Day 2C at the 2017 WSOP Main Event saw a frustrated Phil Hellmuth blow up after being shown a bluff and then bust shortly after.
Hellmuth, the leading all-time WSOP bracelet winner, had about 30k in the pot on a flop of 9♣ 8♦ 2♣ and was facing an all-in bet from Alan Cutler that had him covered.
Hellmuth folded and Cutler showed him A♣ 6♣ for the nut flush draw. The Poker Brat jumped out of his seat.
“Oh my f***ing god!” ranted Hellmuth. “Are you f***ing kidding me? This is the f***ing Main Event bro!”
Hellmuth got all-in not long after as a roughly 2.8 to 1 dog on the flop and couldn't catch anything to stay alive.
Meanwhile, poker's leading all-time money winner Daniel Negreanu was shortstacked for much of the evening before finding a great spot to double up.
All in before the flop with pocket sevens against pocket sixes, he watched helplessly as the board ran out with a four-flush for his opponent to send Negreanu out the door.
Four former Main Event champs exited today, including Chris Ferguson. His Main Event came to an end when he flopped top pair, top kicker with ace-king against a set of deuces.
Ferguson set a new record for most cashes in a single WSOP this year with 16. Ferguson is currently third in the Player of the Year race behind John Monnette and John Racener.
Other big names to bust today included Maria Ho, Paul Volpe, Roberto Romanello, Gus Hansen, William Kassouf, ElkY, Antonio Esfandiari, Joe McKeehen, Griffin Benger and Michael Mizrachi.
Dedusha Leads, Money Approaches
1,084 players get paid in this year's Main Event and the money bubble is expected to burst late on Day 3. Tomorrow will be the first time the entire field plays together on the same day.
Leading at the end of Day 2C is the UK's Artan Dedusha who bagged roughly 680,000. That puts him ahead of Day 2AB's chip leader Lawrence Bayley as the fields combine for Day 3.
Dedusha capped off the night by taking a big pot worth more than 150k from Canadian multi-bracelet winner Kristen Bicknell.
Dedusha had ace-jack and Bicknell ace-ten on a double-paired turn. The river came a jack and Dedusha took over the chip lead as the final hands of the evening played out.
Here's the unofficial top 10 chip counts from Day 2C, courtesy of WSOP.com:
- Artan Dedusha – 680,000
- Marcin Chmielewski – 564,000
- Michael Krasienko – 561,300
- Sonny Franco – 546,700
- Ryah Hughes – 510,100
- Tyson Mao – 506,500
- Dennis Timofeev – 498,000
- Alexander Yen – 490,000
- Nick Petrangelo – 480,300
- Natasha Mercier – 476,800
A long list of other well-known pros made it through well-stacked, including Jared Jaffee, JP Kelly, Joe Serock, Kathy Liebert, Adam Levy, JJ Liu, Ashton Griffin, Brian Rast, Gavin Smith, Chino Rheem and many more.
Day 3 begins at 11am when the 1,023 players who advanced from Day 2AB will join today's survivors to play down to the money.