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Tuesday, June 12, 2007 | Francis Lee


Phil Hellmuth made history by winning Event 15 at this years World series of Poker, the first person ever to win 11 WSOP career bracelet’s. The start of the tournament seated a total of 2,628 players all buying in for this $1,500 No Limit hold’em event. The prize pool swelled to $3,587,254 with $637,254 going to the winner.

Rick fuller was ahead in the chip rankings at the start of the final table on $1,779,000 in chips, closely followed by Hellmuth on $1,482,000. Taylor Douglas needed to get involved early on being short stacked on $259,000.

Final Table Chip Rankings

  • 1st Rick Fuller $1,779,000
  • 2nd Phil Hellmuth $1,482,000
  • 3rd Scott Clements $1,232,000
  • 4th David Simon $880,000
  • 5th Morgan Machina $834,000
  • 6th Ut Nguyen $624,000
  • 7th Andy Philachack $446,000
  • 8th Fabrice Soulier $344,000
  • 9th Taylor Douglas $259,000

The blinds started out at $30,000-$15,000 forcing Taylor Douglas to make a stand early on. He made this decision going All In with :qc :10d but found himself dominated by Scott Clements with :kh :qh Both players missed the board :6s :5c :4c :ac :6s giving Clements the pot, knocking Taylor out in 9th winning $38,025

Only a few hand after Ut Nguyen unluckily lost out with :kh :qh against Scott Clements with :qd :10d Clements hit a full house on the River with the board coming down :2h :2d :2s :9c :10s knocking Ut out in 8th taking home $48,427.

It was Phil Hellmuth who took the chip lead at this point taking down a three way pot eliminating Fabrice Soulier in 7th place. Soulier on the short stack pushed all in with :qd :3s Hellmuth was holding :7d :5c and Rick Fuller, the other player in this pot had pocket Sixes. Fuller hit a set of Sixes on the Flop but Hellmuth was ahead having the straight. Fuller didn’t improve and Soulier had no piece of the board giving Hellmuth the pot. Soulier winning $64,570 for his trouble.

We lost the next two players on consecutive hands shortly after. First David Simon went out in 6th place loosing to Rick Fuller. Simon’s pocket Tens were cracked by Fuller holding :as :10d with the board coming down :js :kd :sc :3d :2c Then Scott Clements :ah :5d was dominated by Hellmuth with :ad :10s Hellmuth hit a pair of Tens on the Flop and Clements never recovered. Clements took $112,997 for 5th place.

At the break Hellmuth was looking good to take his record breaking11th bracelet, having 4.4million in chips, over double of what Andy Philacheck and Rick fuller had on around the 1.5 million mark. Morgan Machina was the man under pressure on the short stack with $430,000.

On the first hand of play after the break Morgan Machina moved All In with :qc :6c He failed to scare anyone off the pot with the three other players all calling. Hellmuth had :2h :2c Fuller had :ac :6h and Philacheck was holding :ad :7d The Flop came down :3c :8d :ah to which all three checked. The Turn :jc brought out a big bet from Philacheck forcing both Hellmuth and Fuller to fold. The River :2d would have given Hellmuth a set if it wasn’t for the good bet put out by Phil check. Machina was eliminated in 4th place winning $161,425.

A couple of hand later we were down to heads up. Phil Hellmuth with :kd :jh eliminating Rick Fuller holding :kh :10d A King on the Flop gave both players a pair but Hellmuths Jack, out kicking Fuller’s Ten. Fuller wins $247,518 for 3rd place.

Phil Hellmuth started heads up with a commanding chip lead with his 6.5million compared to Philacheck’s 1milion. The final hand came when Philacheck pushed with :ac :10c and was looking good to win the pot against Hellmuth with :as :3h Hellmuth hit a three on the Flop putting him in the lead needing to dodge the Ten on the last two cards. The :qh on the Turn and :jh on the River confirmed Hellmuth’s place in WSOP history winning this event, his 11th WSOP career tournament win.

Hellmuth received his bracelet from the only other two 10 time WSOP bracelet winners Johnny Chan and Doyle Brunson in the awards ceremony. He also collected the $637,254 for this win.

WSOP 2007 Event 15 Result

  • 1st Phil Helmut $637,254
  • 2nd Andy Phil check $394,594
  • 3rd Rick Fuller $247,518
  • 4th Morgan Machina $161,425
  • 5th Scott Clements $112,997
  • 6th David Simon $82,506
  • 7th Fabrice Soulier $64,570
  • 8th Ut Nguyen $48,427
  • 9th Taylor Douglas $38,025

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