It took Phil Hellmuth four tries this year, but the $1,500 No-Limit 2-7 Lowball Draw proved to be the high-point in the Poker Brat’s quest for his 16th bracelet. He bagged his fourth final table of the series in the event, and after three high-profile misses so far this year, finally getting the win on try number four must be a relief.
If you’ve just woken up from a Rip-van-Winkle-style sleep, you might be surprised to see Hellmuth winning bracelets in mixed games. In his early career, he was seen as a no-limit hold 'em specialist, with his first 11 bracelets all coming in some form of Texas hold 'em and the majority of those in the no-limit variety.
That all changed in 2012 when he won the $2,500 razz for his 12th bracelet and from there on, three of the remaining five bracelets have come from the lowball mixed games. In 2015 he added the $10,000 Razz Championship bracelet to his collection, and this year he’s added #16 in the lowball draw mix.
Can anyone catch Phil in the bracelet race now? No one else is even close, with Phil Ivey, Johnny Chan, and Doyle Brunson all tied for second with just 10 each. At least for now, the Poker Brat is the unquestioned king of the WSOP.