Phil Hellmuth sets new WSOP singles record

Phil Hellmuth sets new WSOP singles record

The Poker Brat finds repeated success at this year’s WSOP series

It is virtually impossible not to see Phil Hellmuth close out the 2021 World Series of Poker (WSOP) on a high note. The poker pro started this prestigious event on the right foot and it looks like he’s closing it the same way. As many of us already know, the season is coming to an end, and with the Poker Brat cashing a couple of times, he paved the way to also finish in second place as the WSOP’s Player of the Year (POY). Simply put, the player was able to set a new singles record at the series and has also become the runner-up in this important race.

It all kicked off with the end of this year’s WSOP Main Event, causing all the focus to be placed on the $50,000 Pot-Limit Omaha High Roller. Needless to say that the buy-in was extremely high; therefore, it was clear to see bettors of another level, and the race for the first position would be exaggerated. Since the event did not take place last year due to COVID-19 restrictions, the game had no defending champion. The event had a field of 85 players, which accumulated a guaranteed prize pool of $4,069,375, with the winner assured of winning more than $1 million in cash.

Other top pros besides Hellmuth included Dan Cates, Dan Smith, Daniel Negreanu, Chance Kornuth, and Shaun Deeb. Although Hellmuth was within striking distance of being crowned champion and continuing to add bracelets to his extensive list, Ausmus eliminated him in second place. This led to Hellmuth pocketing his biggest WSOP 2021 event win of $734,807. Likewise, the Poker Brat has made it to five more final tables, tying the record of reaching six final tables in a single tournament.

While it is true that An Tran had held the record for more than two decades, the player had never won a WSOP bracelet event in 1993, nor had he been runner-up. Hellmuth, meanwhile, by reaching the final table during Event #83, faded Tran’s record and the singles record now belongs to him.

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