Playing what he describes as “the best poker” of his life, Phil Hellmuth was the last man standing in the World Series of Poker Europe Main Event (a starting field of over 400 players). Hellmuth held the chip lead for most of the final table thanks in part to adopting a more aggressive playing style than most fans of the “Poker Brat” are used to. Antonio Esfandiari covered the live stream of the final table and was taken aback by Hellmuth’s performance: ” I was shocked, impressed and completely confused by Phil Hellmuth today.” Esfandiari stated. By defeating Ukranian businessman Sergii Baranov, Hellmuth won 1.02 million euros and took the lead in the WSOP Player of the Year standings (which he will win unless Greg Merson can win the WSOP Main Event set to resume later this month). Phil became the first player to win the Main Event of both the WSOP and WSOPE and seemed to appreciate the history he was making, ” I know people don’t expect me to use this word, but I’m humbled,” he said. “I’m trying to figure out if this is real or not.” Hellmuth also joins Esfandiari as the only other player to win more than one bracelet in 2012 and extends his own record of most bracelets won, widening the gap between himself and Doyle Brunson and Johnny Chan who are tied for second with 10 bracelets apiece.
Sep 05, 2012 00:00 AM
PocketFives published an article Tuesday stating that Anthony Taylor is no longer the CEO of Merge Gaming, a position he held for the past 5 years.
No official word from Merge has been released yet. Over his watch Merge filled the vacuum left by Black Friday to become the 2nd largest site serving U.S. players and had to deal with the popular site Lock Poker leaving Merge to join Cake to form the new Revolution Network.
Not long after the news broke rumors started that none other than Phil Hellmuth would be the new CEO of Merge.
Hellmuth (formerly involved with UB Poker) seems to be biding his time waiting for the perfect offer before promoting another online site and Merge does not seem to be a natural fit for the poker brat. Until proven otherwise, Rake Refuge will assume that Hellmuth would much rather spend his time riding a giant hot dog in water (Google it) or selling
worthless outdated AWESOME poker merchandise.