Adam Friedman picks us third consecutive WSOP Dealer’s Choice
By Bob Garcia
Friedman denies Phil Hellmuth of his 17th WSOP bracelet
Phil Hellmuth, who recently took home his 16th World Series of Poker (WSOP) gold bracelet and had all the inspiration he needed to add one more to his collection, seemed to hit the wall yesterday morning. Adam Friedman has undoubtedly done something that not many have accomplished, as after showing great performance, he put the brakes on the all-time leader of the prestigious event. Not only that, but the 39-year-old came through heads-up to win the $10,000 buy-in Dealer’s Choice Championship for the third consecutive series.
With a hand (9-6) that ended up being quite successful, Friedman was able to take down the final pot of the trophy. In doing so, he left Hellmuth with his hopes dashed after believing he had enough motivation to secure his 17th gold bracelet while winning his fourth event overall. Not only was Friedman able to defeat the might of this great player, but he also takes home the distinction of being the first back-to-back WSOP tournament winner in its 52-year history.
The first time Friedman won this tournament was in the summer of 2018. A year later, he went to great lengths to maintain his title defense and was set to do the same in 2020. However, for obvious reasons (COVID-19), the poker pro had to wait for the events to restart, as many, including this one, were canceled in their entirety. WSOP organizers were given the green light for the event to resume again this year; however, they had to wait until the fall for this to happen.
“I’ve waited 28 months to play this tournament, with the pandemic and the delay this year,” Friedman said moments after achieving his historic victory. “All I kept saying was, ‘just get me to day 2, I just want a chance.’ I don’t need to win this tournament. I’ve got nothing to prove. I’ve got literally nothing to prove. It was just a pure challenge, to see if I could do it.”