Phil Hellmuth Matching Jason Mercier’s 2016 Run, Takes Over WSOP POTY Race

The highest 2021 World Series of Poker (WSOP) storyline remains to be Phil Hellmuth and his dominant efficiency. Following Wednesday’s runner-up end in Event #36: $10,000 Dealer’s Choice Championship, the 16-time bracelet winner will have simply matched Jason Mercier in 2016 for the best two-week run in WSOP historical past.

Together with his second-place end, the Wisconsin local earned 491.18 WSOP Participant of the Yr issues, bringing him to two,598.59 for the sequence. That bumps him to the highest of the standings, forward of Anthony Zinno, who’s sitting on 2,186.30. Jake Schwartz, who completed runner-up to Hellmuth in Event #31: $1,500 No-Limit 2-7 Lowball Draw and one spot at the back of the “Poker Brat” in $10k Broker’s Selection, is in 3rd position with 1,808.93 issues.

Phil Hellmuth on a Heater for the Ages

Phil Hellmuth

During the last two weeks, Hellmuth has posted first, moment, fourth, and 5th position finishes, all in non-hold’em occasions. He earned his sixteenth profession bracelet on Sunday, extending his personal file. Johnny Chan, Doyle Brunson, and Phil Ivey are all tied for moment position with 10. Erik Seidel used to be on the ultimate desk of Event #38: $50,000 High Roller with a possibility to enroll in the unique membership of double-digit bracelet winners, however he got here up slightly brief.

Phil Hellmuth WSOP Cashes the Previous 14 Days

Tournament # Match Position Prize
9 $10,000 Omaha Hello-Lo 8-or-Higher Championship fifth $80,894
19 $10,000 Seven Card Stud Championship 4th $54,730
31 $1,500 No-Restrict 2-7 Lowball Draw 1st $84,951
36 $10,0000 Broker’s Selection Championship 2d $153,493

Hellmuth has $374,068 in cashes the previous two weeks. Previous within the sequence, he earned a sixth-place end in Event #2: $25,000 H.O.R.S.E. for $95,329 in addition to 18th in Tournament #7: $1,500 Sellers Selection 6-Passed for $4,429. The Palo Alto, California resident already has 5 ultimate desk appearances throughout the primary part of the 2021 WSOP, one of the crucial spectacular accomplishments in sequence historical past.

Jason Mercier on the 2016 WSOP

jason mercier 2016 wsop

If any participant has ever long gone on a extra spectacular two-week run on the WSOP, it used to be Mercier in 2016. The PokerStars professional on the time gained two bracelets inside 4 days, and in addition posted a runner-up end in between the ones wins. On best of that, he booked 8th and eleventh position finishes throughout that very same June 2016 stretch.

Jason Mercier WSOP Cashes 6/11/16-6/25/16

Tournament # Match Position Prize
16 $10,000 No-Restrict 2-7 Lowball Draw Championship 1st $273,335
20 $10,000 Razz Championship 2d $168,936
24 $10,000 H.O.R.S.E. Championship 1st $422,874
32 $10,000 Omaha Hello-Lo 8 or Higher Championship eighth $39,269
36 $2,500 Blended Omaha/Seven Card Stud Hello-Lo eleventh $10,586

Mercier would cross directly to money in 11 general occasions throughout the 2016 WSOP and win the Participant of the Yr award. Previous to the beginning of the WSOP, Vanessa Selbst made one of the crucial memorable and loopy bracelet bets in historical past. She laid 180:1 odds on a $10,000 wager that Mercier could not win 3 bracelets that summer season.

It appears, Selbst will have had slightly an excessive amount of to drink when she made the wager, however needed to sweat it out as Mercier racked up bracelets and final table appearances throughout the sequence.

With a possible $1.8 million loss staring her directly within the face and Mercier remaining in on a 3rd bracelet, Selbst would in the end purchase out of the wager. Mercier by no means did win that 3rd identify, however a ways an excessive amount of used to be at stake for Selbst to take the chance. Each avid gamers have since most commonly retired from the sport, even supposing they pop up at quite a lot of event stops every so often.

Different Memorable WSOP Runs

Hellmuth and Mercier are not the one ones to move on loopy two-week warmers on the WSOP. If truth be told, there may be one different participant who’s crushing it this yr.

Anthony Zinno has two titles to move at the side of eleventh and twelfth position finishes the previous two weeks, his cashes totaling $428,824 over that duration. He is these days moment within the Participant of the Yr standings at the back of Hellmuth.

Daniel Negreanu gained POTY in 2004 thank you largely to a two-week stretch wherein he posted first, 3rd, 7th, and 9th position finishes. Jeff Lisandro shipped two bracelets over a 14-day stretch in 2009, the yr he gained POTY, and in addition added two min-cashes throughout that heater.

A large number of different avid gamers throughout the 52-year historical past of the WSOP have posted memorable two-week runs. Hellmuth’s in the midst of one presently, and apparently there is no preventing the 16-time bracelet winner this present day.

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Author: Bradley Watson