Four days after Johnny Chan won his tenth WSOP title, Doyle Brunson was back on poker's center stage. Crowds packed into the Rio Pavilion among a barrage of ESPN television cameras as Brunson re-wrote the record books one more time by winning his tenth WSOP bracelet. Phil Hellmuth, who approached Brunson moments before the final table started and wished his rival good luck, has won nine titles.
Doyle Brunson's victory was not easy. First, he had to maneuver through a highly-competitive field of 301 entries, although he held the chip lead much of the way. In fact, as play continued late into Day One, the poker room began to buzz with breaking news that Brunson was the chip leader. By the time play was down to the final two tables, there were more spectators watching the poker legend in his seat than another final table championship taking place a few feet away!
Once Brunson made it down to the final six (the final table was comprised of six players), he still had major obstacles to overcome. Their names were Jason Lester, Ayaz Mahmood, Layne Flack, Scotty Nguyen, and Minh Ly, but he managed to beat them all. What an amazing feat by one of the best and also nicest players out there.
The question is will Phil Hellmuth, who after busting out of a 2004 WSOP tournament said 'I guess if it wasn't for luck I'd win them all,' rise to the challenge and prove that he is the player he still claims to be? Phil has only nine more shots at making history this year, including the $10,000 Omaha event he was still participating in as of this writing. He better start praying to the poker gods that neither Johnny nor Doyle capture an eleventh bracelet in any of these remaining events. Good luck Phil!