When it comes to the World Series of Poker, Phil Hellmuth is the most accomplished player by many standards. He holds the record for the most WSOP bracelets, with 16 pieces of coveted gold bling to his name — a number he’ll certainly be looking to increase during the Series ahead.
Despite his myriad accomplishments, there is one title that has been eluding The Poker Brat for years — that of the WSOP Player of the Year. Phil came close to bagging it several times, including at last year’s Series when he finished second to Josh Arieh.
Hellmuth had a very strong start to the 2021 WSOP, and he was in serious contention for the prestigious title, but it slipped out of his grasp just before the finish line.
With the 2022 World Series kicking off tomorrow, Phil now has another shot at glory — will this be the year it finally happens?
Hellmuth stands out as one of the most serious contenders in the field, as he is not afraid of the grind. At the same time, his reluctance to play in high roller events could hinder his chances as there are quite a few of them on this year’s schedule.
If he starts on a strong note, though, Phil might be more motivated to get in the mix and forgo his traditionally conservative bankroll management. After all, with POY being the one accolade missing from his otherwise impressive WSOP resume, it might finally be the time for Phil to throw caution to the wind and go for it!