Phil Hellmuth is one of the best poker players in the world, having cashed out more times than we can count, winning event after event. He is perhaps best known for his WSOP success, having won an astonishing 15 World Series of Poker gold bracelets. Helmuth was going for #16 this week with Event #10, the €25,500 Mixed Games Championship, when he was eliminated in 2nd place by Besim Hot, narrowly missing out on his next WSOP bracelet win.
The 2019 WSOP Europe has been underway, with Event #10 just finishing up. The event saw 45 players competing, which created a prize pool of €1,068,750. King’s Resort of Rozvadov hosted the event, with several top pros on hand to watch and take part in the action of the WSOPE stop.
Hellmuth was already a bit antsy to win an event, having finished in 3rd during Event #5, the €2,500 8-Game Mix tournament. Event #10 was his second 8-Game tournament of the series stop.
Unfortunately for Hellmuth, he would have to settle for second place with this event. By finishing as the runner-up, it marked the 11th time the pro barely missed out on claiming yet another WSOP gold bracelet.
The Final Hand:
For Besim Hot to secure the hand, he had to take down Hellmuth once he was the chip leader. The final hand of the poker tournament would go down in the Pot Limit Omaha round with Hot raising the pot to 750,000 on the button. Hellmuth would call.
The flop showed 10-9-9 with Hellmuth checking. Hot then bet 500,000 and Hellmuth check-raised to 2,000,000. Hot then got serious and pushed all-in. Hellmuth decided to go with it, pushing his remaining smaller stack into the middle.
Hot held Q-J-9-7 while Hellmuth held A-9-4-3. Hellmuth was in the lead but Hot had several outs that could give him the win. A Jack on the turn gave Hot a full house and the 4 on the river did not help Hellmuth, so he was forced to settle for second place.