Phil Hellmuth Finishes in Second Place - Again

Published on July 7th, 2011 2:02 pm EST

Phil Hellmuth looks to the side - Another close finish at the World Series of PokerThe 2011 World Series of Poker for Phil Hellmuth so far? Three final tables. Three heads-up battles. Two massive chip leads during heads-up play.

Zero bracelets.

For the third time at this year's World Series of Poker, Phil Hellmuth made it all the way to heads-up play, only to end up finishing in second place. For the third time at this year's World Series of Poker, Phil Hellmuth narrowly missed out on collecting his 12th World Series of Poker bracelet.

In the No Limit Deuce to Seven Draw World Championship, Hellmuth entered heads-up play with a significant chip lead, only to eventually succumb to John Juanda.

In the Seven Card Stud Hi/Lo Championship, Hellmuth reached heads-up play against Eric Rodawig well behind in chips. Rodawig was able to seal the deal, taking home his first World Series of Poker bracelet in the process.

Last night in the $50,000 Poker Player's Championship, Phil Hellmuth had Brian Rast on the ropes during heads-up play, but was unable to seal the deal once again.

The poker gods just weren't on Hellmuth's side last night, as he and Rast were all-in three times during heads-up play, and each time Hellmuth had a flush draw that didn't hit. The final hand of the tournament saw the two players get their stacks into the middle after a flop of Jd-10s-9d. Rast had flopped the nuts (Kc-Qc), while Hellmuth had flopped a flush draw and straight draw (8d-2d). No diamond came, and Rast was declared the winner of this year's $50k Poker Player's Championship.

For Rast, this was the second World Series of Poker bracelet of his career (he also won the $1,500 Pot Limit Hold'em event earlier this year for $227,232).


Here is how the final table ended up finishing out:

1. Brian Rast, $1,720,328
2. Phil Hellmuth, $1,063,034
3. Minh Ly, $665,763
4. Owais Ahmed, $482,085
5. Matt Glantz, $376,750
6. George Lind, $300,441
7. Scott Seiver, $243,978
8. Ben Lamb, $201,338

Thanks to his second place finish, Phil Hellmuth (710.25 points) is now occupying the top spot in the 2011 WSOP Player of the Year race. Ben Lamb is #2 (659.05 points), while Brian Rast now has the #3 spot (550.00 points).


Here is what Hellmuth had to say on his Twitter account after busting in second place early this morning:

"Got heads up vs Brian Rast, had $17 Million to his $2.4...and LOST, sigh. Drinking Macallan 25 and Louis XIII at Aria high limit bar, sigh."



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