After taking a moment or two to compose himself, Hellmuth returns to the tournament area and the crowd offers him a rousing round of applause. He takes the time to sign Seth's t-shirt, waves to the crowd and makes his exit. He doesn't leave the casino just yet though and is currently hobknobbing with fans in the area just outside the stage. His lifecoach, Sam Chauhan, is also in the crowd.
Hand #41: Phil Hellmuth Eliminated in 6th Place ($117,000)
Level 24: 10,000-20,000, 3,000 ante
Phil Hellmuth completes the small blind to 20,000, Andy Seth raises from the big blind to 80,000, and Hellmuth reraises to 280,000. Seth thinks for a bit before he moves all in, and Hellmuth calls with QQ. Seth shows AJ, and he'll need to improve to bust Hellmuth and claim his bounty.
Seth says, "We need two clubs here, just for the sweat."
The flop comes K65, and Hellmuth retains the lead. The turn card is the 10, giving Seth additional outs to a gutshot straight.
The river card is -- the A.
The crowd explodes in reaction, while Hellmuth just sits at the table, stunned. Hellmuth slowly takes off his sunglasses, takes a deep breath, and shakes hands with the other players at the table.
Then Hellmuth steps off the stage, kneels down, and drops down to the floor in a little ball. The other players expected a blowup, but not this. Someone asks if he needs a doctor, and Seth asks, "Do you think he'll sign my bounty shirt?"
Hellmuth finally gets up, and walks over to one of the WPT producers to tape his exit interview.
If it hasn't been mentioned, Andy Seth wins the pot with a pair of aces, and he also claims the bounty on Shooting Star Phil Hellmuth -- his fourth of the tournament, passing Mclean Karr who busted three Shooting Stars. In addition to a large pot, Seth earns $5,000 and a t-shirt that may or may not be autographed.
Seat 1. Hasan Habib - 431,000
Seat 2. Phil Hellmuth - Out in 6th Place ($117,000)
Seat 3. Andy Seth - 2,964,000
Seat 4. Matt Keikoan - 691,000
Seat 5. Mclean Karr - 1,712,000
Seat 6. Dan O'Brien - 866,000
Phil Hellmuth, aka The Poker Brat, is one of the most decorated poker players in the game. The 11-time World Series of Poker (WSOP) bracelet winner has $10,941,556 in career tournament winnings, $836,469 of which came on the WPT. He has some of the most impressive WSOP stats around. He holds the record for most bracelets, most final tables with 41 and most cashes at 75.
Hellmuth has never won a WPT title, but this is his 4th career WPT final table appearance. The last time we saw Hellmuth in the final six was when he came in 6th place at the LA Poker Classic in Season VI. He is known as much for his long list of final tables and tournament wins as his demeanor at the table which can range from friendly and chatty to outrageously entertaining.
Phil Hellmuth raises from the cutoff to 46,000, Andy Seth calls from the button, and Mclean Karr calls from the big blind. The flop comes QQ2, Karr checks, Hellmuth bets 50,000, Seth folds, and Karr calls.
The turn card is the 9, Karr checks, Hellmuth bets 90,000, and Karr asks Hellmuth if he should call or fold. Hellmuth says, "To be honest, I'd kind of prefer it if you fold." Karr quickly calls.
The river card is the K, Karr checks, Hellmuth says "One-ninety" as he tosses out 190,000, and Karr says, "That's a pretty confident one-ninety, Phil."
Karr thinks for more than 30 seconds before he calls, and Hellmuth says, "I got nothing." Karr shows QJ to win the pot with trip queens.
Seat 1. Hasan Habib - 436,000
Seat 2. Phil Hellmuth - 798,000
Seat 3. Andy Seth - 2,681,000
Seat 4. Matt Keikoan - 505,000
Seat 5. Mclean Karr - 1,270,000
Seat 6. Dan O'Brien - 974,000
Andy Seth raises under the gun to 42,000, and Phil Hellmuth calls from the big blind. Hellmuth checks in the dark, and the flop comes JJ6. Seth checks behind. The turn card is the A, Hellmuth bets 30,000, Seth raises to 85,000, and Hellmuth says, "Nice hand," as he folds.
Seat 1. Hasan Habib - 492,000
Seat 2. Phil Hellmuth - 1,193,000
Seat 3. Andy Seth - 2,704,000
Seat 4. Matt Keikoan - 283,000
Seat 5. Mclean Karr - 866,000
Seat 6. Dan O'Brien - 1,126,000
Hand #12: Andy Seth Wins the Pot & More Table Talk From Hellmuth
Level 23: 8,000-16,000, 2,000 ante
Hasan Habib raises from the cutoff to 41,000, Phil Hellmuth reraises from the button to 170,000, and Seth says, "I'm all in" from the small blind. Habib immediately folds, and Hellmuth tanks.
Hellmuth starts talking. "Is this the time, kid? Is this the time I'm supposed to get a million from you? I feel like you're weak, like you don't have your heart in it." He thinks a bit more, and then addresses Faraz Jaka in the crowd. "This is gonna be one heck of a call, Faraz." (Hellmuth became friends with Faraz when they played together on Day 2, and really respects his game. Faraz and Andy Seth are very close friends.)
After two minutes, Hellmuth folds, and Andy Seth takes the pot.
Seat 1. Hasan Habib - 450,000
Seat 2. Phil Hellmuth - 1,237,000
Seat 3. Andy Seth - 2,558,000
Seat 4. Matt Keikoan - 299,000
Seat 5. Mclean Karr - 962,000
Seat 6. Dan O'Brien - 1,158,000
After the hand, Hellmuth says, "I think I made a bad letdown there."
Andy Seth raises under the gun to 42,000, Phil Hellmuth reraises from the big blind to 127,000, and Seth reraises to 267,000.
Hellmuth stops to think, and starts talking to Seth about his eagerness to get it all in, in a lecturing tone. There will definitely be some great table talk and antagonism at this final table when it airs on TV.
After about 30 seconds, Hellmuth folds, and Andy Seth takes the pot.
Seat 1. Hasan Habib - 495,000
Seat 2. Phil Hellmuth - 1,298,000
Seat 3. Andy Seth - 2,339,000
Seat 4. Matt Keikoan - 319,000
Seat 5. Mclean Karr - 966,000
Seat 6. Dan O'Brien - 1,247,000
Phil Hellmuth Tilts After Winning a Pot Against Scotty Nguyen
Level 21: 5,000-10,000, 1,000 ante
Shooting Star Phil Hellmuth raises from middle position to 30,000, and Shooting Star Scotty Nguyen calls from the small blind. The flop comes 832, Nguyen checks, and Hellmuth moves all in.
Nguyen thinks for a while before he folds QJ face up. Hellmuth is shocked, and he shows A10. Hellmuth says, "I have steam coming out of my ears. I can't believe it!"
They do a little rabbit hunting, and Hellmuth would've caught both an ace and the flush -- overkill to win the pot. Hellmuth won the pot, but he's still incredibly tilted. He says, "If I only bet thirty, then you shove and you're out of the tournament."
But Hellmuth didn't bet thirty, he moved all in, and Scotty Nguyen is still alive, baby.