The scene at the Rio last night was electric as Phil Hellmuth was
chasing bracelet #12 in the $50,000 Players Championship. The Amazon
room was full of fans watching what could be history in the making. As
the Final Table kept getting smaller you could feel that Phil Hellmuth
was going to do it.
When they were 4 handed the short stack Owais
Ahmed shoved preflop and Phil Helmuth called the All In and it looked
good as Ahmed turned up King High while Phil had a Ace. The flop brought
some drama as Ahmed hit his 3 outer catching a King. Hellmuth just put
his head down but just like Barry Greenstein's Book " Ace on the River"
and Phil Hellmuth took the pot and Hellmuth was jumping up and down and
that's when you thought this is it he is going to do it.
later took out Ming Ly and went to heads up virtually dead locked in
Chips with Brian Rast. These 2 battled all night and you pretty much
knew it would come down to these two. Rast had been the aggressor all
night and at times appeared to frustrate Phil so it was going to be an
exciting Heads Up Battle.
They took a 15 min break before they
began Heads Up Play. When they resumed it was Phil who was the aggressor
and this seemed to baffle Brian Rast and before long Phil built a
commanding lead. Phil had over 80% of the Chips in play and had Rast
primed for the knockout blow and Bracelet #12 and then it all went so
Phil flopped a flush draw and raised all in against
Rast's pair it was the right call but the flush never came. Phil was
still sitting with a commanding Chip Lead but a few hands later they get
it all in again with Phil holding a flush draw again. Once again the
flush never came and we were back to even in chips.
Phil's aggression but this isn't Phil Hellmuth Poker going all in on the
draw. So it wasn't that long and once again Rast bet out on the flop
and Phil moved all in and Rast snap called saying Sorry Phil I have the
nuts. Rast flopped a King high straight while Phil once again was
chasing a flush and once again it never came.
I agree with the
first push given the stack sizes but the second 2 pushes I question as
it just wasn't typical Phil Hellmuth poker. Phil generally doesn't get
all his money in on a draw let alone 3 times. Also why play Big Hands
when you still had the Chip lead? It was small ball with timely
re-raises that got you the big chip lead yet the tournament was decided
on 3 hands and all 3 were draws.
Still it was a hell of an effort from one of if not the best tournament player out there.
Wow. Phil would RIP people for making some of those plays, but I like that he mixed it up. Also sounds like he was unlucky. Usually PH just sits and waits to trap the super aggro but you will go broke in HU if you do that. For all the flack Hellmuth gets, you can't deny he's one of the greatest tournament players ever. Going by bracelets, he'd be at the top. Very nice writeup, Marco!
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Thanks for Sharing Marco! Just proves sometimes the "old guys" still have what it takes to win :)
Great recap Marco.
Even Phil H is too agressive for Marco!