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Congratulations to Phil Hellmuth, Winner of the 2012 WSOP Event 18: $2,500 Seven Card Razz ($182,793)
On Sunday, the 2012 World Series of Poker continued with the third and final day of Event #18 $2,500 Seven Card Razz. What began with 309 players was down to the final 18, each looking increase their share of a $702,975 prize pool with the ultimate goal of capturing the $182,793 first-place prize.
The big story headed into the day was 11-time bracelet Phil Hellmuth, who was sitting third in chips and primed to make a run at a record 12 bracelets. Standing in his way were some experienced players including chip leader “Any Two” Brandon Cantu; 2008 Razz champion Barry Greenstein; and Don Zewin, who actually took third to Hellmuth and Johnny Chan back in the 1989 WSOP Main Event.
Last year, Hellmuth came close to bracelet 12 on three different occasions only to be denied. While his three runner-up finishes were impressive, they left him wanting. When would he get his elusive twelfth? In the early morning hours of Monday, that question was answered when he took down Event #18 $2,500 Seven Card Razz!
A short-stacked Scott Clements set the pace for the day as he was eliminated on the very first hand. Over the course of the next three hours, nine more players would hit the rail on the way to the final table; however, no one would come closer than David Rosenau, who earned the unfortunate distinction as final-table bubble boy.
Rosenau, who was the short stack during nine-handed play, was eliminated when Scott Fishman brought it in with a and Brandon Cantu completed. Rosenau then raised all in for 14,000 total, which both Fischman and Cantu called. Fischman proceeded to check-call bets on the turn, fifth and sixth, and then bet when Cantu checked seventh. Cantu thought for a long time before he folded.
Fischman: (x-x) / / (x) ()
Rosenau: (x-x) / / (x) ()
Cantu: (x-x) / / (x)
Rosenau ended up with three pair and was dispatched in ninth place by Fischman's 7-6-5-4-3 low.
Here’s a look at the players who were eliminated on Day 3 short of the final table:
Pre-Final Table Eliminations
|15th||Chris “Pi Master” Viox||$7,135|
|17th||Chirs “Fox” Wallace||$5,904|
The first elimination of the final table came when Brendan Taylor completed with a and then called a raise from Jeff Misteff. The latter bet the turn before calling a bet on fifth. Misteff's last 10,000 went in on sixth and the cards were tabled.
Misteff: (x) / / (x)
Taylor: / /
We didn't get a good look at Misteff's cards, but we do know he was drawing dead headed into seventh street. He finished in eighth place and parted with a $17,693 consolation prize.
In another hand, Michael Chow fired out a bet on the turn and was called by Hellmuth, who was showing a pair of aces. Fifth street saw Chow fired out another bet, but this time Helluth quickly raised. "You can just say all in," Hellmuth told Chow, who only had 10,000 behind. While he didn't say it, Chow did commit it.
Chow: / /
Hellmuth: / /
Sixth street gave Hellmuth a nine-low, which meant Chow needed to improve on seventh. He squeezed out his card and didn't see any pips, meaning it was either a deuce, three or ace. "You've got two of the aces though," Chow said, knowing it was the only card that would save his tournament life. He then flipped and revealed a . With that, Hellmuth chipped up to 500,000 and sent Chow home in seventh place.
Greenstein completed, Hellmuth released, and Cantu examined Greenstein's stack before raising. Greenstein called. On fourth street, Cantu led out, and Greenstein raised. Cantu re-raised, putting Greenstein all in, and Cantu called.
Greenstein was dealt a on fifth, Cantu received a , and then both players were dealt s on sixth. Cantu flipped over a on seventh, while Greenstein squeezed his down card.
"I'm even money," Greenstein said, grinning. "It's either the six or eight of hearts."
The would pair him, and the would give him the best hand. Unfortunately for the Bear, it was the eliminating him from the tournament. Greenstein received a loud round of applause, and he's off to the cage to collect his $30,150.
Both players were dealt paint on fourth street - Cantu a and Taylor a - and both players received a on fifth. Cantu improved with a on sixth, Taylor received more paint (), and Cantu turned over a on seventh. We missed Taylor's last card, but he mucked, and exited the tournament in fifth place.
After returning from the dinner break, Cantu brought it in, Don Zewin completed, and Fischman raised. Only Zewin called. Fischman called a bet on fourth street, and when Zewin paired on fifth, Fischman led out. Zewin called, and Fischman bet all in on sixth. Zewin called.
Fischman: / /
Cantu: / (FOLDED)
Zewin: / /
Zewin was turned over a on seventh, so Fischman was drawing, but the did not improve his hand. Fischman was eliminated in fourth place, while Zewin moved into second on the chip counts.
A short time later, Zewin brought it in with a and was met with a completion by Hellmuth. Cantu came along for the ride, Zewin got out of the way, and it was off to the turn. Cantu ended up with the lead and bet out, which prompted Hellmuth to ask for a count.
"Can't afford to let you bluff me," Hellmuth said. "Let's put it all in." He then raise and put the pressure back on Cantu, who though for about 40 seconds before three-betting. Sure enough, his chips ended up in the pot and his tournament life was at risk.
Cantu: / / (x)
Hellmuth: / /
Hellmuth had the best hand when the money went in and maintained the lead through sixth. Hellmuth quickly showed the he received on seventh, which meant Cantu needed either a six, seven or ace on the river to win. He squeezed it out slowly and there were no pips visible, meaning it could be an ace. He said it was also a heart, and the was alive. He completed the squeeze and all the tension disappeared when he turned over the .
Hellmuth's hand held to send Cantu to the rail in third place, and also give him a commanding chip lead headed into heads-up play.
It would take awhile before Hellmuth finished off his opponent as he took a slow and steady approach to the match; however, in the end Hellmuth had a date with destiny as he captured bracelet number 12 in 2012!
Event #18 $2,500 Seven Card Razz Final Table Results
Congratulations to Phil Hellmuth on taking down his record twelfth gold bracelet!
$2,500 Seven Card Razz Champions Since 2004
*Featured $1,500 buy-in.
That does it for our coverage here in Event 18: $2,500 Seven Card Razz, but there is still plenty of action to be had here at the 2012 WSOP. Visit our Live Reporting section to see which events are happening now.
Don Zewin brought it in with a and was called by Phil Hellmuth, who was showing a . The 11-time bracelet winner then led out on the turn and Zewin said, "Alright, let's do it," before raising. He had 5,000 back so Hellmuth three-bet and the tournament was on the line.
Zewin: / / (x)
Hellmuth: / /
Zewin was drawing line headed to seventh and he slowly squeezed out the last card. He seemed to know what this tournament meant to Hellmuth, and he said, "Go ahead. you got it." His last card was a .
Zewin was there when Hellmuth won his first bracelet way back in 1989, and he was there for the latest. As a consolation prize, Zewin will take home $113,024.
Phil Hellmuth: / /
Don Zewin: / /
Zewin brought it in, Hellmuth completed, and Zewin called Hellmuth bet on all four streets - including betting dark on seventh - and Zewin called him on fourth, fifth, and sixth. Zewin found a fold on seventh, leaving himself with three big bets.
RealKidPoker Daniel Negreanu
The Razz match between PH and Zewin is being played very strangely. Lots of calling on 3rd and lots of checking and trapping by both. June 11 2012
RealKidPoker Daniel Negreanu
Zewin makes a great bet on 6th with a Queen and a 9 draw vs PH showing 886T and obviously pairing the 6. June 11 2012
RealKidPoker Daniel Negreanu
Typically in HU razz matches the low card raises but that's happened about 15% of the time in this match with either folds or calls June 11 2012
Given the speed of the hands, the two remaining players have been waiting for the automatic shuffler to complete in between hands; as such, Phil Hellmuth recently inquired as to whether or not they could switch to a hand shuffle. Don Zewin didn't have a problem with this so they asked the floor, who then radioed his superior.
The two players stopped action for a bit (with the clock running) while waiting for an answer, but it didn't come in a timely fashion. Eventually it was agreed that they would use the machine when the deck was ready, but they'd do a hand shuffle if the hand completed before automatic shuffler.
We finally had a hand with some chips in the pot. It began when Phil Hellmuth brought it in with an and then called a completion from Don Zewin, who was showing . The latter proceeded to bet the turn and Hellmuth called. The "Poker Brat" then took the lead on fifth and bet, which Zewin called.
Hellmuth then check-called a bet on sixth before doing the same on seventh.
Zewin: (x-x) / / (x) ()
Hellmuth: (x-x) / / (x) ()
Hellmuth rose from his chair and couldn't seem to believe his 10-8-6-4-2 was beat by Zewin's 9-7-5-3-2.
Both players have been trading pots, and Don Zewin has chipped up a bit.
Zewin brought it in, and Hellmuth called. Both players checked on fourth and fifth street, and when Zewin made trips on sixth, Hellmuth bet. Zewin released.
Both players checked on fourth and fifth street, and Hellmuth bet out on sixth. Before his chips hit the felt, Zewin released, and Hellmuth tabled for a seventy-five.