Phil Hellmuth's record in Razz tournaments at the World Series of Poker surely ranks among the game's best, with four final tables, two bracelets and a runner-up finish in the discipline.
Two of his last three bracelets have come in Razz events, and today his hunt for another Razz bracelet got underway with the start of Event #50: $1,500 Razz.
After ten levels of play, Hellmuth will be taking 17,500 in chips through to Day 2, with play resuming at 2 p.m. local time with 118 players remaining.
Hellmuth in WSOP Razz Tournaments
|2017||Event #69: $1,500 Razz||6th||$19,865|
|2016||Event #20: $10,000 Razz Championship||15th||$15,464|
|2015||Event #17: $10,000 Razz Championship||1st||$271,105|
|2014||Event #7: $1,500 Razz||2nd||$74,848|
|2012||Event #18: $2,500 Razz||1st||$182,793|
Other notables through to Day 2 include Player of the Year contenders Shaun Deeb (23,200) and John Hennigan (32,200). The pair were seated at the same table towards the end of the night, and despite Deeb winning the last hand between the pair, it was the Poker Player's Championship runner-up who bagged more than the $25,000 Pot-Limit Omaha High Roller winner.
Hellmuth won't be the only one member of last year's final table in Day 2, with Benny Glaser (44,800) also bagging a healthy stack. Defending champion Jason Gola was in action today, but fell midway through the day. However, Max Pescatori, another former winner of this event, will be back and taking 28,800 through to Day 2.
The chipleader is Victor Shalom with 76,600. Other big stacks include John Beringer (59,800), Adam Owen (52,300), Ylon Schwartz (41,000), Max Kruse (40,200), Rex Clinkscales (37,900) and Brandon Cantu (31,000).
Schwartz and Clinkscales had battled it out for the chip lead before Shalom emerged at the end of the day. There is still a lot of poker talent left in the field, with multiple bracelet winners Barry Greenstein (7,400) and Chris Bjorin (13,300) among the 118 hopefuls.
The remaining players will return at 2 p.m. local time, with the money bubble expected to burst later on Day 2. A total of 59 places will be paid, with a min-cash worth $2,244. The winner will take home $125,431 and the coveted WSOP gold bracelet.
Stay tuned to PokerNews for all the action from Day 2 onwards.