Hellmuth is at the final table of the $1,500 Razz event, his 50th career WSOP final table, and PokerListings.com will be live updating his progress until he either wins or busts.
Bear in mind, the last bracelet Hellmuth won in Las Vegas was in a $2,500 Razz event.
Current Chip Counts
And it all comes to an end.
Phil Hellmuth has been denied his 14th bracelet in the $1,500 Razz event. The nearly-seven-hour heads-up match saw both players take the lead multiple times but Ted Forrest eventually took it and finished things off.
Shortly after players came back from break, Forrest had a slight lead but dealt two large blows to Hellmuth.
In the first, Hellmuth hit a 10-8-6 while Forrest had a 9-6-5 and Forrest took about 350,000 off of Hellmuth. Forrest then followed that up with a 6-5-3-2-A, forcing a muck from Hellmuth and leaving the Poker Brat with just 45,000.
Blinds were 40,000/80,000 with a 10,000 ante so Hellmuth didn't have much to work with.
Hellmuth put it in the following hand and the final hand of the tournament was dealt face up. Hellmuth’s last hand was a Q-10-7-3-2 while Forrest hit a 9-7-6-3-A.
The two shook hands, the audience cheered and Ted Forrest won his 6th bracelet while Hellmuth stayed with 13.
Forrest then grabbed the microphone and told the crowd that this was by far the toughest heads-up match he’d ever encountered. For surviving that match and a field of 352 players, Forrest won $121,196 and his 6th gold bracelet.
Hellmuth on the other hand will take home $74,848 for yet another 2nd place finish at the WSOP.
That concludes our live-coverage of Hellmuth's quest for #14.
Final Table Results
1. Ted Forrest - $121,196
2. Phil Hellmuth - $74,848
3. Greg Pappas - $48,275
4. David Bach - $34,979
5. Brock Parker - $25,717
6. Brandon Cantu - $19,183
7. Yuebin Guo - $14,517
8. Kevin Iacofano - $11,143
The final two players are on another break. In about 20-minutes they'll come back to play 40,000/80,000 blinds with a 10,000 ante.
Forrest leads again with 840,000 to Hellmuth's 745,000.
“Don’t worry baby!”
The crowd has been much quieter with both players having near equal support from the rail.
Hellmuth lost a pot along with the chiplead and stood up when Forrest fans cheered.
He stretched himself up tall and looked towards his wife, “Don’t worry baby.” It took one hand to get them back.
They were three bets deep with Hellmuth showing a ten and Forrest and eight. There were bets on fourth and fifth before checks the rest of the way.
Hellmuth’s J-T-8-7-5 was good enough to win the hand and move back the stacks closer.
Hellmuth Starts Comeback?
The lead for Forrest only last a few more hands, he was able to climb over the million chip mark but lost one of the biggest pots of the day.
Hellmuth was the bring-in showing a six and called after Forrest completed with a five. There was a bet on each street with a raise by Forrest on fifth.
Hellmuth put out a final bet on seventh showing (X-X) 6-T-9-8 and produced a fold from Forrest with (X-X) 5-7-J-7.
The pot was over 400,000 and put Hellmuth back in the lead for his 14th bracelet.
Forrest Builds His Lead
These aren’t your everyday grinders and they are skillfully taking whatever they can from their opponent.
Hellmuth pulled back into a virtual dead heat before Forrest moved back ahead, building his stack back close to one million.
The critical hand during this move saw both players finding a deuce in the door and Forrest betting every street. Even on sixth when he paired his deuce while Hellmuth paired a queen.
Hellmuth called again on seventh before Forrest showed 9-8-6-5-2. Hellmuth kept looking at his cards but couldn't find a magical combination to beat it.
The Hellmuth Chronicles, Part V
The stories about Phil Hellmuth vary. Some portray a kind, generous man while others highlight arrogance and egotism.
PokerListings News Editor Arthur Crowson recalls one of these kind Hellmuth moments.
“My favourite Hellmuth moment is when he shook everyone's hand when he won WSOP-E Main Event. He literally went up to the 30 or so people in the room, including myself, and said, ‘Thank you,” Crowson said. “You're welcome, Phil Hellmuth.”
Then there’s another tale from another man who saw Hellmuth through a different lens. This particular incident was a recent one, at the third annual Tiger’s Poker Night a few weeks ago. It was a charity tournament presented by the World Poker Tour and Lynn Gilmartin was conducting a televised and timed interview with Tiger Woods.
When they were about 5 minutes into the interview, Hellmuth barged into the shot and started talking with Woods. Producers tried to grab Hellmuth and pull him out of the shot but the Poker Brat just brushed them off and kept talking to Woods.
The camera crew rushed to move the cameras and lights to readjust the shot for a third person. Hellmuth stayed for the remainder of the interview that was supposed to be a one-on-one with Tiger Woods.
Going Once Again
Phil Hellmuth and Ted Forrest are back in their seats and ready to go. Both seem refreshed and Hellmuth has a bounce in his step.
The crowd around the WSOP feature table was ready for a quick heads-up battle so they could crown Phil Hellmuth with his 14th career bracelet.
Five-time bracelet winner Ted Forrest seems to have other plans.
It was a methodical trip over the last two levels but Forrest won big late and goes off to dinner with the chiplead and Hellmuth mumbling to himself.
Back in 60 minutes.
Hellmuth Drops; Forrest Takes the Lead
There was little to report since the elimination of Greg Pappas as most pots were small and no major changes in their stacks.
Ted Forrest was taking a small bite out of Phil Hellmuth’s stack until they finally played out a big one.
They put in three-bets with Hellmuth showing a deuce and Forrest an ace. Both continued to bet/call all the way down to the river when Forrest tabled a nifty 8-5-4-3-A.
Hellmuth had Q-9-3-2 showing before he mucked his hand, rubbed his hands across his face, and gave up the chiplead.
The heads-up match has been going on for some time and its been defined by very small chip movements and Mason Hinkle.
Ted Forrest started the heads-up match with 515,000 and has slowly worked his way up to 620,000. During that time, Hinkle -- dressed with in American flag t-shirt and a beanie -- has gone from saying “Ohhhh yeahhh,” 0 times, to approximately 620,000.
The cheer even spawned imitators in the crowd, but none had the flair or endurance that Hinkle’s displaying. At one point security came to talk to Hinkle and one member of the audience started chanting, “Let him cheer!”
Others quickly joined in and soon the chant was all that could be heard at the final table. The security guard eventually walked off, shrugged and high-fived a few audience members. As security was leaving, Hinkle let out a celebratory “Ohhhh yeahhhh,” to applause and cheers from the audience.
Hinkle with a celebratory "Ohhh yeahhh!" as security departs.
Forrest is now at 620,000 while Hellmuth dipped to 955,000. Blind are 20,000/40,000 with a 5,000 ante and the Razzathon continues.
The Hellmuth Chronicles, Part IV
“I’ve interviewed Phil Hellmuth about a dozen times,” Bluff Editor-in-Chief Lance Bradley said. “But I don’t know if I’ve ever interviewed Phil Hellmuth. I’ve interviewed the Poker Brat, I’ve interviewed the Hellmuth persona.
“We put him on our cover once, with Sam Chauhan and all his friends and I remember thinking, ‘You picked the wrong guy as a client, who’s psychoanalyzing whom there.’ I think he lets very few people let who the real Phil Hellmuth is.”
Bradley then pointed to a Tweet by Chamath Palihapitaya as evidence:
“One of my first assignments for Bluff back in 2007 was interviewing Hellmuth during a break,” Bradley said. “It didn’t go well. He was very focused on winning the tournament. It was the end of level 2.”
Greg Pappas Eliminated in 3rd ($48,275)
Greg Pappas was a popular pick among old school players but he was unable to turn his final table chiplead into a bracelet.
Pappas was at the top for most of the final table but lost a big hand to Phil Hellmuth just before the break. He was short stacked and couldn’t make a comeback.
Hellmuth was the bring-in and called with a queen after Pappas completed. Hellmuth called on fifth street when Pappas check raised all-in.
Hellmuth was ahead with Q-7 against Q-T before Pappas bricked on sixth and paired on the river to end his exciting run.
Pappas had a lot of big names in his corner but had to settle for 3rd place money, his highest WSOP cash to date.
That leaves Phil Hellmuth up against Ted Forrest for the $1,500 Razz bracelet. It will be either #14 for Hellmuth or #6 for Forrest.
The Hellmuth Chronicles, Part III
Few people have been around the poker world longer than Nolan Dalla, the WSOP Media Director.
Dalla struggled for a few moments trying to think of just one Hellmuth story but finally settled one from Tunica, Mississippi.
“It was right after the Binion family split at the 2001 Jack Binion World Poker Open. It was the second-biggest poker tournament in the world at the time and they had gold bracelets and everything,” Dalla said. “It was at the Gold Strike, in Tunica Mississippi and Hellmuth was heads-up against a complete nobody.
“They were about even in chips and it was weird because Hellmuth suggested they split the money and play for the bracelet. The guy agreed and then Hellmuth started negotiating, telling the guy he was way better than him.
“Then the guy says, ‘No you’re not, I’ve never even heard of you. Why should I give you more money?’ and Hellmuth said, ‘Well, I got nine gold bracelets in this game.’ But the kid kept on persisting and wanted a 50/50 split.”
So the deal fell through.
“This was during Hellmuth’s temper-tantrum stage,” Dalla said. “And then the kid goes on to destroy Hellmuth. The cards were just all wrong for Hellmuth and everything kept getting worse and worse. Hellmuth had a huge meltdown and went to the corner and started crying and everything. The kid ends up beating him and then no one ever heard from him again. I was there for the whole thing.”
Break Them Up
Player are now on the offficial break as they color up. It's been all Hellmuth since Bach's elimination as he methodically moved over a million in chips, more than 64% of the chips in play.
David Bach Doubles; Eliminated in 4th ($34,979)
David Bach was quiet for much of the final table but finally mixed it up with Greg Pappas for a strange double.
It was a bizarre hand where Bach was all-in on fifth street and the best he could manage in the end was A-A-Q-7-3. Not a great Razz hand but it was good enough to beat the 2-2-9-5-A of Pappas.
The double gave him new hope but it didn’t last long and soon had his chips in the middle once again.
Bach called all-in on fifth street with a made 9-6 ahead of Phil Hellmuth’s T-8. It was a great spot for another double but Hellmuth spiked a four to make an 8-7-6-4-3 to send the two-time champ out.
Parker seemed a bit stunned at the sudden turn of events and will have to comfort himself with the $34,979 prize money for 4th place.
Players took an unscheduled break before Jack Effel quickly put them back in action.
The Hellmuth Chronicles, Part II
Mickey Doft's a poker reporter who spends a lot of time behind Hellmuth. Doft is a WSOP veteran and his favorite Hellmuth moment is from back in 2006.
Doft and Hellmuth during the 2006 WSOP.
“My favorite Hellmuth moment is when I met Hellmuth,” Doft said. “It was 2006, my first World Series and I was watching my brother Elie play.
"Hellmuth was on the $5K of a no-limit event with Marcel Luske, Isabelle Mercier, Eugene Todd, you know, big 2006 names. Not so big now.
“Anyways, he finished 2nd and he’s probably devastated because he’s Hellmuth and he was one bracelet behind Johnny Chan, but he was gracious. Back at that time each site had their own lounge and Hellmuth went back to the UB lounge and was taking pictures with fans.
"I went and got a picture with him and told him ‘Don’t worry, you’ll get the next one, you’re the best,’ and he turns to his wife and screams ‘Annie! Annie! you hear that? This guy says I’m the best.’”
Doft and Hellmuth during the 2014 WSOP
Then there’s my favorite moment. A moment I feel sums up Hellmuth perfectly. The year was 2012. Times were strange, the condo complex behind the Rio was just a concrete shell housing hobos and Hellmuth had 11 bracelets.
Hellmuth had already made two final tables that year, both in $10K championship events. Hellmuth finished 2nd in both events and was now about to make another final table in the $50K Poker Player’s Championship.
The final table bubble took hours and played until the wee hours of the morning. When the bubble finally burst, WSOP interns came to give players bio sheets and Hellmuth handed his to his wife.
While Hellmuth was walking out of the Amazon his wife called back and asked what she should put on the About Me section.
“Just put 11 bracelets,” Hellmuth yelled back.
It might’ve been the sleep deprivation or the Rio-madness, but the set of circumstances caused an explosion of laughter from media row.
Hellmuth, a man who defines himself by bracelets.
Now he's three eliminations away from getting one more
Brock Parker Eliminated in 5th ($25,717)
Brock Parker’s run to bracelet number three came to a quick end. He lost a big pot to Phil Hellmuth to drop under 50,000 before Ted Forrest took care of the rest.
Parker was showing T-7-Q before getting heads-up with Forrest on fifth street when the last of his chips went in.
Forrest showed a made 9-8 on fifth and Parker was drawing slim. Forrest improved to 8-7-5-4-2 and Parker was sent out in 5th when the best he could make was a T-7.
The two crucial hands moved Hellmuth back into the lead and Forrest up to 3rd.
The Hellmuth Chronicles
The man, the myth, the Poker Brat.
There are hundreds of stories surrounding the controversial figure. Some good, some bad; some are rumors, others are televised. Now that Hellmuth is on his 50th WSOP final table, some members of the media shared their favourite Hellmuth moments.
Tim Fiorvanti -- the managing editor of Bluff magazine -- covered his first WSOP in 2009 but will always remember the 2008 WSOP Main Event broadcast where Hellmuth had a Hellmuth blow up against Adam Levy. Then, later on, Hellmuth had his famous confrontation with Cristian Dragomir where Hellmuth, well, just watch:
Then there’s Chad Holloway, a fellow Wisconsinite and bracelet winner. Holloway has been at the WSOP since 2009 and has several Hellmuth stories. But his favorite is comes from Europe, when Hellmuth won his 13th bracelet after winning the 2012 WSOP-E Main Event.
“It was about 4 am and Hellmuth invited everyone to the club. It was a roped-off section with booths and everything. Then he’s standing right next to me and puts his hand on my shoulder and says, ‘Chad, can you believe it?’” Holloway said. “Then a bit later some Germans and Russians get into a fight and this one guy gets punched straight in the face. There was a glass table with a lot of bottles and it was just like a movie, the guy falls straight back and the glass shatters and there’s bottles and alcohol flying everywhere.
“Hellmuth was in the back talking to Live Boeree and then it turns into a full-on brawl. Hellmuth and everyone just ran out through the back and then security came and got everything under control.”
Brandon Cantu Eliminated in 6th ($19,183)
No fireworks between Brandon Cantu and Phil Hellmuth today as Cantu quickly followed Guo out of the tournament.
It was three-ways to fourth street with Greg Pappas joining Hellmuth and Cantu. Hellmuth gave up right there but Cantu’s three-bet was enough to put him all-in again Pappas.
The best Pappas could produce was Q-T-6-3-2 and Cantu just needed to peel something lower than a queen, while not pairing his board, to win.
Cantu took his time to reveal and tossed a king on the felt for K-8-7-6-2. He had a bunch of out but was the next gone in 6th place for $19,183.
Yuebin Guo Eliminated in 7th ($14,517)
Yuebin Guo had the 20-minute break to contemplate his previous hand and didn’t wait long to get his chips in.
On the first hand back, Guo completed with an ace in the door and Brock Parker came along. One quick bet on fourth street and Guo was all-in.
The ran the board out and Guo could only make a Q-J which was no good against Parker’s T-8.
Bach knocked Parker out in 7th place, but it was Hellmuth who did most of the damage.
Hellmuth Gets Them Back; Takes the Lead
It only took a few more hands before Phil Hellmuth had Brandon Cantu talking to himself.
They went to the seventh in a big pot and Hellmuth confidently put out a final bet. It’s not often you see players tank for minutes in limit games but Cantu took his time.
There was hand wringing, counting chips, checking cards, and Cantu had words for himself and Hellmuth.
He finally called before Hellmuth snapped over 8-6-5-3-A and Cantu mucked with his usual frown.
Hellmuth then went against Yuebin Guo in the final hand before the break. Hellmuth made a 7-6 to best Guo's 8-7 to move into the lead and leave Guo with few chips.
Players are off on their first 20-minute break.
Hellmuth Battles Cantu
Phil Hellmuth and Brandon Cantu have a tumultuous past, including the final table when Hellmuth won his 12th bracelet, and they’ve continued it today.
The two have mixed it up in several hands with Cantu getting the most the “Poker Brat” early.
Hellmuth and Cantu have let the cards doing the talking so far but that could change if Cantu continues to climb.
Hellmuth still sits in 2nd place but Cantu has more than doubled his starting stack at the final table.
Kevin Iacofano Eliminated in 8th ($11,143)
The first elimination happened quickly and it was Kevin Iocafano, the potential sleeper, shown the door.
Iacofano dropped a few small pots early then found himself up against the two chipleaders before fourth street.
He was all-in after a series of raises by Pappas and Hellmuth and the two continued betting down to seventh street before Iacofano saw his fate.
Pappas and Hellmuth showed down two top Razz hands but it was the chipleader moving further ahead with a six-four versus seven-five.
Iacofano started with 6-4-A but the best he could manage was a Q-8 after pairing both the four and ace. He was in position to triple up back into the game but bricked out to finish in 8th place for $11,143.
Final Table About to Begin
The $1,500 Razz final table is about to get underway and all eyes are on Phil Hellmuth going for his 14th WSOP bracelet.
He won’t have an easy path to his record extending title with Ted Forrest, Brandon Cantu, and Brock Parker also in contention.
Hellmuth begins play with a 2nd place stack behind Greg Pappas and former Players Championship winner David “Gunslinger” Bach is on a short stack.
Besides Hellmuth, the rest of the table has a combined 10 bracelets between Forrest (5), Cantu (2), Parker (2), and Bach (1).
Kevin “kice32” Iacofano might be a sleeper pick, holding no WSOP titles but over $3 million in career earnings on PokerStars and Full Tilt Poker.
Players are getting ready, tournament staff are giving final directions, and they are about to get cards in the air.