Hellmuth Wins 13th Bracelet with WSOPE Main Event Victory

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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.

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*Fresh off interviews for the Lederer Files and the 2+2 Pokercast, Howard Lederer decided the stress has been too great to conduct a scheduled interview with Diamond Flush. As DF tweeted over the weekend:

Diamond mentioned a Plan B though and yesterday released the first part of her commentary on the Lederer interviews “The Distortion of Truth in the Lederer Files.” Upcoming parts will be released this week and will feature DF using her unique insight to dissect the claims Howard made in his interviews.

 

Howard Lederer in 2004 World Series of Poker -...

Howard Lederer in 2004 World Series of Poker – Rio Las Vegas. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

 

*French pro Arnaud Mattern is no longer a PokerStars Team Pro. He is looking for “new adventures” according to a tweet sent out early this morning:

 

Tournament Poker News
*Greg “Fossilman” Raymer won the main event at the Heartlnad Poker Tour stop at the River City Casino in St. Louis, Missouri. The 2004 WSOP Main Event champ’s victory is even more impressive considering it is his second this year (Raymer also won the event in Albuquerque) and his record in HPT events is now 2 out of 3! Dennis Phillips also made the final table and finished in 7th place.

 

Greg Raymerk at the 2008 World Series of Poker

Greg Raymerk at the 2008 World Series of Poker (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

 

*PokerStars announced the schedule for the upcoming Caribbean Adventure. The 40 tournament event starts January 5 next year. Read more here.

 

*And finally, Brandon Cantu took to Twitter to voice his displeasure after losing to John Aguiar in a WSOPE event. Cantu claimed he was “robbed” by the decision to delay his heads up match with Aguiar do to the start time of the WSOPE Main Event which Aguiar was registered for.

 

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English: Brandon Cantu at the 2008 World Series of Poker (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

 

 

 

 

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*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! **

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*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.

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*Antonio Esfandiari‘s success continued as he took down the second event of the WSOPE.  The € 1000 entry fee for the event was only 1/1000 of  what he paid to enter the Big One over the summer. Antonio outlasted a field of 626 players to win his third bracelet and managed to take the lead in the WSOP Player of the Year race.

2005 WSOP gold bracelet

2005 WSOP gold bracelet (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

*In other tournament news, PokerStars player “maratik” took down the Main Event of the World Championship of Online Poker (WCOOP). A small stakes grinder, maratik won entry to the Main Event through an FPP satelite. Outlasting 1825 players, maratik agreed to a deal at the final table (after stating “I wont million”)  which earned him over $900,000. By being the last man standing he won another $100,000 and the championship title and brought joy to all those who were rooting for the underdog to win.

*More Howard Lederer interviews are on the way. The Two Plus Two pokercast will be interviewing Howard Wednesday night and releasing the podcast Thursday. Howard will have at least one more interview in the near future, as must-read  poker journalist “Diamond Flush” tweeted earlier:

Tom Dwan apparently just watched the Lederer Files and tweeted some thoughts:

Read more at Durrrr’s Twitter here.
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