2018 World Series of Poker

Event #71: $5,000 No-Limit Hold'em (30 minute levels)
Dias: 2
Event Info

2018 World Series of Poker

Resultados Finais
Campeão
Mão Vencedora
33
Premiação
$485,082
Event Info
Buy-in
$5,000
Premiação
$2,101,800
Entries
452
Informações do Nível
Nível
35
Blinds
150,000 / 300,000
Ante
50,000

Phil Hellmuth Wins 15th Career Bracelet in $5,000 No-Limit Hold'em! ($485,082)

Nível 35 : 150,000/300,000, 50,000 ante
Phil Hellmuth
Phil Hellmuth

"Honey, am I dreaming?"

Phil Hellmuth asked his wife, holding the coveted prize in his hand. But it was real, and a jam-packed crowd in the Brasilia Room witnessed the Poker Brat winning his fifteenth career bracelet in Event #71: $5,000 No-Limit Hold'em (30-minute levels) for $485,082. Hellmuth defeated Steven Wolansky heads-up after holding the short stack for the vast majority of their battle. It's Hellmuth's first bracelet since winning the $1,500 Razz in 2015 and his ninth bracelet overall in a No-Limit Hold'em event.

"I'm humbled. It's humbling," was the first thing Hellmuth said after being asked what the record fifteenth bracelet meant to him. "Thirteen in Europe was really humbling for me. And so is fourteen, and so is fifteen."

Official Final Table Results

PositionPlayCountryPayout (USD)
1Phil HellmuthUnited States$485,082
2Steven WolanskyUnited States$299,807
3Alan SternbergUnited States$204,789
4Aliaksei BoikaBelarus$142,458
5Ken FishmanUnited States$100,956
6Matt GlantzUnited States$72,911
7Paul HoeferGermany$53,682
8Ralph WongUnited States$40,309
9Eric HicksUnited States$30,881

To say it hasn't been the best of summers for the record bracelet holder would be quite the understatement. While Hellmuth was taking more time off due to atrial fibrillation, he's has made just five minor cashes since the start of the WSOP, with his best result advancing one round in the $3,000 No-Limit Hold'em Shootout for a mincash of a little over 6K. On top of that, the Poker Brat drew the wrath of the poker community after swearing and speaking out of turn during the Main Event.

"Listen, I was completely out of line." Hellmuth said apologetically. "James Campbell, he and I have been texting back and forth. We go along great. I bought him into the Main Event."

"When I went to bed that night, I looked at social media and realized I may have affected his tournament. I was going to bed but instead, I went to the couch and spend two hours on social media. I couldn't sleep, I felt so bad. I didn't know how to handle it. The fact is: when I busted out from the Main Event and the poker room was cheering, I was crushed. I was like 'oh my god, what did I do? Everyone is against me. It felt like such a low point for me in my career."

"Then I said: the only thing I can do is buy him into the Main Event and that's gonna make me feel better. So I bought him in and I went from 400 negative tweets to 600 positive tweets in one day. It's the swingiest week in my life; from people cheering because I busted to — I think — a lot of people cheering that I won."

Final Day Action

Hellmuth returned along with another 38 players out of 452 for the second day of this event, and with 30-minute levels chips were flying everywhere right from the start. The likes of Anthony Zinno (37th - $9,747), Davidi Kitai ($11,176), Liv Boeree (31st - $11,176) and Antoine Saout (30st - $11,176) all falling in the early stages.

Boeree's bustout was especially brutal: after flopping a set of fours, she check-raised a bet from Hellmuth and received a call. On an eight turn, Boeree check-called all in and was aghast when Hellmuth tabled pocket eights for a higher set. It proved to be a pivotal pot for Hellmuth on his way to number 15.

Start of the day chipleader Jonathan Abdellatif finished in 20th place after losing two big all-ins in a row. He wasn't the only notable that fell short of the final table, as Chance Kornuth (18th - $15,726), Grayson Ramage (17th - $15,726), Griffin Benger (15th - $19,280) and Jeremy Ausmus (12th - $24,147) all bowed out shortly before the big prizes were being awarded.

The unofficial final table with ten players dropped to eight in a single hand as Aliaksei Boika eliminated both Paul Fontan and Eric Hicks in one hand. The lively Hicks, a standout with his jovial antics among the more serious opposition, ran his queens into the kings of Boika and saw his WSOP dream come to a screeching halt. "All this way just for that," Hicks moped as he went off to collect his 9th place reward ($30,881).

Eric Hicks
Eric Hicks

Despite the turbo nature of the structure, the eight players played 25 hands together before Ralph Wong (8th - $40,309) became the first casualty. Wong was shortly followed by Paul Hoefer (7th - $53,682), who lost a big coinflip against Matt Glantz shortly before losing his final chips to Alan Sternberg.

Although he doubled through Hoefer, Glantz (6th - $72,911) would be next to go when his flush draw didn't come in against Boika. Ken Fishman lost a crucial all in with ace-ten against the ace-eight of Wolansky when the latter spiked an eight to leave Fishman short. He shortly busted after in 5th place for $100,956.

Boika, who held the chip lead through the vast majority of the final table, suddenly found himself on the rail after losing two big all-ins. With ace-king, Boika didn't get there against Wolansky's kings to finish in 4th ($142,458). Sternberg, one of the highlights of the final table, finished in third place. Hellmuth found the ace he needed with ace-five against Sternberg's pocket kings, and the American went to the rail 16 hands after when he ran his jack-nine suited into Wolansky's ace-queen.

Wolansky would start the heads-up with a 3:1 chip lead against Hellmuth, but the Poker Brat quickly got the stacks back to even. However, it would be short-lived as Wolansky started chipping up with mostly smaller-sized pots. Hellmuth had the following to say about their heads-up battle.

"He wouldn't give an inch, I know he wouldn't give an inch. I had to start thinking about how I wanted to handle this. I thought, I have to try and steal more pots against him to give myself a chance because he's just not giving a chip away. He's making it really tough. and I have to just keep playing my best poker until the end and maybe something great will happen."

"I was down after I made a call, where I felt a little bit silly afterwards. I said let's not give up; these things can turn. When is the next time you're going to have an opportunity where you're heads-up for a bracelet? You just need to hang in there and stay strong and I stayed strong. And then, luckily, I hit some cards."

Steven Wolansky
Steven Wolansky

Crucial for Hellmuth was an all-in situation with king-ten of diamonds against Wolansky's king-jack of hearts. Hellmuth flopped a flush draw, but it would be the tenball on the river that kept his bracelet dreams alive. Holding the chip lead for the first time in their heads-up battle afterwards, Hellmuth found himself all in with pocket threes against Wolansky's ace-nine. A trey on the flop all but sealed it and by the turn, the room erupted as the world is now a 15-time WSOP bracelet winner richer.

Hellmuth dedicated his fifteenth bracelet to Bill Lee, angel investor, Elon Musk's best friend and one of his own good friends. “I promised him I would win him a bracelet. But I promised it a long time ago. I told him he has to fly here to collect the thing! I said, "Bill is an amazing guy and I promised him I'd win him a bracelet, but I promised it a long time ago. I want you to be here when I win it! He's not here," he chuckled. However, when asked about what his bracelet meant from a legacy perspective, Hellmuth took on a more serious tone.

"It means everything to me, because my life is poker, number one. Number two, I'm trying to spread positivity to the world. I want to be remembered in two ways: one, having 24 bracelets and number two, starting the positivity movement and having a lot of influence on people lives. Every day, people tweet I read your book, it changed my life. That's what I want the spotlight that I have becomes a responsibility. Once I realized I could inspire people — yes, I'm still the poker brat — I took that seriously."

Phil Hellmuth
Phil Hellmuth wins Event #71: $5,000 No-Limit Hold'em (30 minute levels)

Tags: Alan SternbergAliaksei BoikaAnthony ZinnoAntoine SaoutChance KornuthDavidi KitaiEric HicksGrayson RamageGriffin BengerJames CampbellJeremy AusmusJonathan AbdellatifKen FishmanLiv BoereeMatt GlantzPaul FontanPaul HoeferPhil HellmuthRalph WongSteven Wolansky

Steven Wolansky Eliminated in 2nd Place ($299,807); Phil Hellmuth Wins 15th Bracelet!

Nível 35 : 150,000/300,000, 50,000 ante
Steven Wolansky
Steven Wolansky

Hand #133: Steven Wolansky shoved for 3,650,000 from the button and Phil Hellmuth snap-called.

Steven Wolansky: {A-Diamonds}{9-Clubs}
Phil Hellmuth: {3-Spades}{3-Hearts}

Wolansky got up to stand with his rail. "Sitting down didn't work so I'll stand with my rail, maybe that's better." Wolansky commented.

The flop came with the {9-Spades} in the window but was filled with the {2-Hearts}{3-Clubs} too. Wolansky hit a pair of nines but Hellmuth hit a set of treys.

Hellmuth's rail cheered loudly. Wolansky was asking for a four to keep a straight draw alive.

The turn brought them the {6-Diamonds}, which meant that Wolansky was drawing dead.

The {8-Hearts} on the river was just a formality as Hellmuth won his 15th WSOP bracelet and Wolansky was eliminated as the runner-up.

A full recap of today's action is to follow.

Steven Wolansky
Steven Wolansky & Phil Hellmuth
Jogador Fichas Progresso
Phil Hellmuth us
Phil Hellmuth
11,300,000 3,700,000
WSOP Main Event Champion
WSOP 17X Winner
Poker Hall of Famer
Steven Wolansky us
Steven Wolansky
Eliminado
WSOP 2X Winner

Tags: Phil HellmuthSteven Wolansky

Hands #124-126: Hellmuth Doubles Up

Nível 35 : 150,000/300,000, 50,000 ante
Phil Hellmuth
Phil Hellmuth

Hand #124: Phil Hellmuth folded his button.

Hand #125: Steven Wolansky folded too on the button.

Hand #126: Hellmuth shoved on the button for 3,710,000 and was called by Wolansky.

Phil Hellmuth: {K-Diamonds}{10-Diamonds}
Steven Wolansky: {K-Hearts}{j-Hearts}

Hellmuth got up from the table to look at the TV screens again with his rail.

The flop came {q-Diamonds}{5-Spades}{7-Diamonds} to give Hellmuth a flush draw.

The turn brought them the {q-Clubs}, only another diamond or a ten could ensure Hellmuth's double-up.

The river came with the {10-Clubs} and Hellmuth cheered and quickly walked back to the table.

Jogador Fichas Progresso
Phil Hellmuth us
Phil Hellmuth
8,300,000 4,500,000
WSOP Main Event Champion
WSOP 17X Winner
Poker Hall of Famer
Steven Wolansky us
Steven Wolansky
3,000,000 -4,500,000
WSOP 2X Winner

Tags: Phil HellmuthSteven Wolansky

Hands #111-115: Wolansky Takes Chunk From Hellmuth

Nível 34 : 120,000/240,000, 40,000 ante
Steven Wolansky
Steven Wolansky

Hand #111: Steven Wolansky raised to 650,000 and Phil Hellmuth folded.

Hand #112: Hellmuth called on the button and Wolansky opted to check. The flop came {5-Hearts}{10-Spades}{10-Hearts}. Wolansky check-folded to the 2,000,000 bet of Hellmuth.

Hand #113: Wolansky called the button and Hellmuth checked. The flop came {2-Clubs}{a-Hearts}{3-Hearts}, Hellmuth bet 300,000, and Wolansky called. The turn brought them the {10-Diamonds}, Hellmuth bet 500,000 without hesitating, and Wolansky looked at Hellmuth's stack and called. The river completed the board with the {6-Spades}. Hellmuth checked. Wolansky looked over to Hellmuth again and bet 1,100,000. Hellmuth glanced at his cards again and set apart calling chips. Hellmuth looked at the rest of his own stack and the board. Hellmuth called. Wolansky flipped over {a-Diamonds}{2-Hearts} for two pair on the flop, aces and deuces, to win the pot.

Hand #114: Hellmuth called and Wolansky opted to shove to put Hellmuth all in. Hellmuth snap-folded.

Hand #115: Wolansky folded his button.

Jogador Fichas Progresso
Steven Wolansky us
Steven Wolansky
8,700,000 2,300,000
WSOP 2X Winner
Phil Hellmuth us
Phil Hellmuth
2,600,000 -2,300,000
WSOP Main Event Champion
WSOP 17X Winner
Poker Hall of Famer

Tags: Phil HellmuthSteven Wolansky

Alan Sternberg Eliminated in 3rd Place ($204,789)

Nível 32 : 80,000/160,000, 20,000 ante
Alan Sternberg
Alan Sternberg

Hand #76: Phil Hellmuth raised to 320,000 on the button, Sternberg three-bet shoved 3,300,000 from the small blind, Wolansky reshoved, and Hellmuth folded.

Alan Sternberg: {J-Clubs}{9-Clubs}
Steven Wolansky: {A-Clubs}{q-Hearts}

The flop was {3-Diamonds}{j-Spades}{7-Hearts} and Sternberg took the lead with a pair of jacks. The {Q-Clubs} on the turn swung the lead back to Wolansky and left Sternberg drawing to five outs.

"Nineball!" Sternberg's frantic supporters shouted.

Unfortunately for Sternberg and his rail, the river was the {K-Hearts} and Sternberg was eliminated. Phil Hellmuth walked over and shook his hand.

"You ran me over," Hellmuth complimented. Sternberg bowed out in third place and received $204,789.

Jogador Fichas Progresso
Steven Wolansky us
Steven Wolansky
8,600,000 3,900,000
WSOP 2X Winner
Phil Hellmuth us
Phil Hellmuth
2,700,000 -600,000
WSOP Main Event Champion
WSOP 17X Winner
Poker Hall of Famer
Alan Sternberg us
Alan Sternberg
Eliminado
WSOP 1X Winner

Tags: Alan SternbergPhil HellmuthSteven Wolansky

Hands #58-62: Hellmuth Doubles Through Sternberg

Nível 32 : 80,000/160,000, 20,000 ante
Phil Hellmuth
Phil Hellmuth

Hand #58: Phil Hellmuth shoved for 1,705,000 from the button and was called by Alan Sternberg in the small blind. Steven Wolansky quickly folded.

Phil Hellmuth: {A-Spades}{5-Diamonds}
Alan Sternberg: {K-Hearts}{K-Spades}

The flop came {4-Clubs}{a-Clubs}{3-Hearts} to give Hellmuth a pair of aces. Hellmuth just needed to avoid a king. The {5-Clubs} came on the turn. The river completed the board with the {q-Diamonds} to not provide any danger to Hellmuth and he doubled up.

Hand #59: Sternberg raised to 350,000 from the button and Hellmuth called in the big blind. The flop came {k-Spades}{7-Diamonds}{5-Spades}. Hellmuth check-shoved all-in on the 300,000 bet of Sternberg. Sternberg knocked the felt and folded.

Hand #60: Wolansky raised to 340,000 from the button and got no action.

Hand #61: Wolansky got a walk.

Hand #62: Sternberg shoved on the button for 2,260,000 and got no callers.

Jogador Fichas Progresso
Steven Wolansky us
Steven Wolansky
4,600,000 -20,000
WSOP 2X Winner
Phil Hellmuth us
Phil Hellmuth
4,100,000 2,375,000
WSOP Main Event Champion
WSOP 17X Winner
Poker Hall of Famer
Alan Sternberg us
Alan Sternberg
2,600,000 -2,355,000
WSOP 1X Winner

Tags: Alan SternbergPhil HellmuthSteven Wolansky

Aliaksei Boika Eliminated in 4th Place ($142,458)

Nível 31 : 60,000/120,000, 20,000 ante
Aliaksei Boika
Aliaksei Boika

Hand #52: Aliaksei Boika open-shoved for the second time in a row, this time for 2,090,000 first to act. It got folded to Steven Wolansky in the big blind, who called directly.

Aliaksei Boika: {a-Diamonds}{K-Spades}
Steven Wolansky: {k-Hearts}{k-Clubs}

Boika, chipleader just three hands ago, needed to come from behind to save his tournament life. The packed crowd jumped on their feet as the {6-Hearts}{Q-Spades}{9-Spades} flop was dealt, not helping Boika. The Belarusian picked up a flush draw on the {6-Spades} turn but {3-Clubs} on the river wasn't one of the outs he was looking for.

Boika went off to collect $142,458 for his fourth-place finish.

Jogador Fichas Progresso
Steven Wolansky us
Steven Wolansky
5,000,000 2,700,000
WSOP 2X Winner
Alan Sternberg us
Alan Sternberg
4,800,000 2,500,000
WSOP 1X Winner
Phil Hellmuth us
Phil Hellmuth
1,600,000 -800,000
WSOP Main Event Champion
WSOP 17X Winner
Poker Hall of Famer
Aliaksei Boika by
Aliaksei Boika
Eliminado

Tags: Aliaksei BoikaSteven Wolansky

Ken Fishman Eliminated in 5th Place ($100,956)

Nível 31 : 60,000/120,000, 20,000 ante
Ken Fishman
Ken Fishman

Hand #47: Aliaksei Boika shoved from the cutoff to put everyone after him all-in. Fishman considered it for a while and called.

Ken Fishman: {8-Spades}{6-Spades}
Aliaksei Boika: {A-Diamonds}{4-Diamonds}

The board ran out {K-Clubs}{2-Spades}{j-Hearts}{5-Diamonds}{9-Spades} to not provide any help to Fishman and he was eliminated in 5th place for $100,956.

Jogador Fichas Progresso
Aliaksei Boika by
Aliaksei Boika
4,300,000 600,000
Ken Fishman us
Ken Fishman
Eliminado

Tags: Aliaksei BoikaKen Fishman

Matt Glantz Eliminated in 6th Place ($72,911)

Nível 30 : 50,000/100,000, 15,000 ante
Matt Glantz
Matt Glantz

Hand #34: Aliaksei Boika raised to 200,000 in the small blind and Phil Hellmuth gave up the big blind.

Hand #35: Boika raised to 200,000 on the button and Matt Glantz defended. The flop was {6-Diamonds}{A-Diamonds}{2-Hearts} and Glantz checked. Boika bet 125,000, Glantz check-raised all in for 1,070,000 and Boika called after a little under a minute.

Matt Glantz: {j-Diamonds}{4-Diamonds}
Aliaksei Boika: {j-Clubs}{6-Clubs}

Glantz had a flush draw against Boika's middle pair and needed to hit a diamond to survive. The {4-Hearts} turn on the turn added the fours as outs but he bricked out on the {7-Spades} river. Glantz finished in 6th place and received $72,911.

Jogador Fichas Progresso
Aliaksei Boika by
Aliaksei Boika
4,100,000 1,300,000
Matt Glantz us
Matt Glantz
Eliminado

Tags: Aliaksei BoikaMatt Glantz

Paul Hoefer Eliminated in 7th Place ($53,682)

Nível 30 : 50,000/100,000, 15,000 ante
Paul Hoefer
Paul Hoefer

Hand #33: Matt Glantz raised to 200,000 from middle position, Alan Sternberg shoved for 905,000 from the hijack. Hoefer called for the 155,000 he had in front of him in the big blind. Glantz folded.

Paul Hoefer: {J-Diamonds}{10-Hearts}
Alan Sternberg: {K-Spades}{K-Hearts}

The flop came {j-Spades}{q-Hearts}{4-Clubs} to give Hoefer a pair of jacks. Hoefer needed another jack or ten to stay alive.

The rest of the board was completed with the {2-Hearts} on the turn and the {4-Spades} on the river to eliminate Hoefer in 7th place for $53,682.

Jogador Fichas Progresso
Alan Sternberg us
Alan Sternberg
1,400,000 460,000
WSOP 1X Winner
Paul Hoefer de
Paul Hoefer
Eliminado

Tags: Alan SternbergMatt GlantzPaul Hoefer