Hellmuth back in the saddle, wins heads-up event
The poker brat wins his first title since July of last year
Phil Hellmuth hasn’t been as active on the poker tournament circuits lately, except for the WSOP. Of course, win you earn 15 WSOP bracelets and set a world record, you can afford to take a little more time off. After a few ups and downs at the felt over the past year, Poker Brat is back in the action, taking down a heads-up tournament during the Borgata Winter Poker Open.
The NLHE heads-up event, a $1,590 buy-in tourney, attracted 64 entries and saw Hellmuth pick up $37,248 and 144 Card Player Player of the Year points. It wasn’t an easy win for the poker great, who almost didn’t make it to the finals.
Going into the third game of his semi-final match against Ryan Hall, the two players were tied with one win each. Hellmuth was down to just 3,700 in chips and was able to show, once again, why he is one of the best poker players in the world. He clawed his way back to contention and secured the win, setting up a final-round showdown against Joseph Cappello after the latter took out WPT champ Olivier Busquet.
Facing Cappello, Hellmuth won the first match and came close to looking at having to sit through another tiebreaker. He was down 2:1 in chips in the second match before, once again, he fought back and was looking for the win. On the last hand of the deciding match, Hellmuth and Cappello mixed it up with a K-9 vs. Q-7 pre-flop all-in, only to have Hellmuth emerge with a high-card win. Cappello took home $18,624 as a consolation prize.