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.
A collection of odds and ends from around the poker world…
Full Tilt Poker News
*The 2+2 Pokercast released their interview with Howard Lederer earlier today. The much-anticipated interview comes on the heals of the Howard Lederer Files released by PokerNews. Howard answered questions for over 3 hours for the show. The podcast can be found here.
*John Wray (co-creator of The Micros series) started a thread on 2+2 about another very important interview on the FTP situation: ** FTP’s “Red Vest Guy” Avatar Breaks His Silence! **
Tournament Poker News
*Roger Hairabedian won Event 3 (Pot Limit Omaha) at the WSOPE to become the first Frenchman to win a WSOPE bracelet.
*Giovanni Rosadoni won Event 4 (an No Limit shootout) to quickly give France it’s 2nd ever WSOPE bracelet.
*PokerStars has an article on Marat Sharafutdinov (better known as maratik) talking about his WCOOP Main Event win earlier this week. Read more here.
*Asian Businessman Paul Phua won a $100,000 buy-in high roller tournament held in London. John Juanda tweeted congratulations to his friends-
*WSOPE is streaming some events live here.
Poker on TV
*Living the Life is a new reality-tv show premiering next year. According to IMBD the show will be about “two girls travel the world and try to make a living as professional poker players. First stop, the European Poker Tour in Barcelona, Spain.” “Survivor” alumna Amanda Kimmel is one of the stars of the show.
Kimmel will be joined by reality-tv veteran Trishelle Cannatella.