Anthony Zinno incurs Phil Hellmuth’s wrath, wins third bracelet in 2021 WSOP $10K Seven Card Stud Championship

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Dave Consolazio
Posted on: October 12, 2021 16:44 PDT

Phil Hellmuth’s F-bomb laden tirade dominated the headlines and sparked plenty of social media debate on Monday night. But while Hellmuth’s controversial behavior may have become the main topic of discussion in the 2021 WSOP Event #19 $10,000 Seven Card Stud Championship, it was Anthony Zinno who came out on top of a totally stacked final table to win the third World Series of Poker bracelet of his career and a first-place prize of $182,872.

The $10,000 Seven Card Stud Championship drew 62 total players to generate a prize pool of $578,150. The final seven players remaining advanced to Day 3 of the event, and what a final seven it was. The group included 15-time WSOP bracelet winner and Hall-of-Famer Phil Hellmuth, Hall of Fame ex-tournament director Jack McClelland, and four other WSOP bracelet winners in Zinno, Stephen Chidwick, Jason Gola and James Chen.

Zinno has amassed over $10 million in documented tournament earnings. A whole bunch of that damage has been done in WSOP events as Zinno has amassed 110 live WSOP cashes for a total of $4,072,075 in winnings. The three-time WSOP bracelet winner also has 41 online cashes in circuit and series events for another $89,166 in earnings.

Phil Hellmuth’s rant for the ages

Phil Hellmuth has always been a polarizing figure. He has built his brand around his “poker brat” persona and is known to routinely curse and berate other players at the table. But even by Hellmuth’s standards, Monday night’s rant was quite intense.

Hellmuth threw his cards at the dealer at one point. He cursed out Zinno and his play. “I think I’m gonna burn this f****** place down if I don’t win this f****** tournament,” Hellmuth said at one point. Poker fans and fellow pros have expressed a wide range of opinions on whether or not Hellmuth crossed the line with this tirade. One thing just about everyone agrees on, however, is that virtually no one else would be able to get away with this kind of behavior without at least receiving a penalty. Hellmuth was able to carry on with his expletive-laden rant for over 10 minutes without receiving any punishment.

Anthony Zinno didn’t seem to mind. “Hahah.” He wrote in a tweet on Tuesday. “Phil Hellmuth is the only poker player on earth that could find a way to make a 7-Card Stud final table entertaining for all.”

Final Table Payouts

1. Anthony Zinno: $182,872
2. James Chen: $113,024
3. Jose Paz-Gutierrez: $77,227
4. Phil Hellmuth: $54,730
5. Jack McClelland: $40,284
6. Stephen Chidwick: $30,842
7. Jason Gola: $24,601
8. Scott Bohlman: $20,480
9. George Alexander: $17,828

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