The legend grows: Phil Hellmuth wins his 17th World Series of Poker bracelet

Terrance Reid
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Posted on: July 2, 2023 2:12 pm EDT

The sun had just risen in Las Vegas this morning as the last event of the day was finishing. It was worth the wait.

At nearly 6:00 a.m., Phil Hellmuth, the all-time WSOP bracelet winner, was victorious over Justin Zaki in the $10,000 Super Turbo Bounty for his 17th gold bracelet and $803,818 plus bounties. He also blew past the likes of Phil Ivey (6th place) and Brandon Stevens (7th place) en route to his record-extending victory.

Event #72: $10,000 Super Turbo Bounty No-Limit Hold’em Results

1Phil HellmuthUnited States$803,818
2Justin ZakiUnited States$496,801
3Tom KunzeBrazil$349,737
4Kelvin KerberGermany$249,876
5Chris SavageUnited States$181,230
6Phil IveyUnited States$133,461
7Brandon StevensUnited States$99,817
8Marc FogginUnited States$75,837

Hellmuth’s 2023 WSOP thus far

Hellmuth has cashed 10 times this series alone, with two 11th-place finishes being his deepest runs before this win. He was feeling confident in a recent tweet given how many cashes he’d seen at that point.

Seventeen bracelets. That’s a number that has grown since his first one in 1989, and one that will only continue to grow with the clear heart and passion that Hellmuth holds for the game and his legacy. Additionally, he has 14 second-place finishes. The ends of tournaments are often decided by one or two key hands; with that many runner-up finishes, his bracelet count could have been even higher by now.

Mori Eskandani, Phil Hellmuth
Phil Hellmuth chats with his friend Mori Eskandani

Regardless, one thing is for sure: Hellmuth consistently puts himself in position to take home the hardware. He shows up year after year, chasing bracelet dreams and often making final tables. His results are undeniable.

This win brings his overall WSOP cashes to 200 and his WSOP earnings to over $17 million. His overall live earnings are also remarkably just shy of $30 million now as well, according to Hendon Mob.

All of Hellmuth’s bracelets: 1989-2023

1989$10,000 NLH Main Event$755,000
1992$5,000 Limit Hold’em$188,000
1993$2,500 NLH$173,000
1993$1,500 NLH$161,400
1993$5,000 Limit Hold’em$138,000
1997$3,000 Pot-Limit Hold’em$204,000
2001$2,000 NLH$316,550
2003$2,500 Limit Hold’em$171,400
2003$3,000 NLH$410,860
2006$1,000 NLH Rebuy$631,863
2007$1,500 NLH$637,254
2012$2,500 Razz$182,793
2012€10,540 NLH MAIN EVENT€1,022,376
2015$10,000 Razz Championship$271,105
2018$5,000 NLH$485,082
2021$1,500 NL 2-7 Lowball Draw$84,951
2023$10,000 Super Turbo Bounty$803,818

White magic + POSITIVITY = WSOP dominance

Hellmuth may be polarizing. Arguments over who owns the G.O.A.T. status erupt among poker players like it’s a Jordan vs. Lebron debate. Questions over Hellmuth’s play style and table etiquette seem to never stop.

Phil Hellmuth
Phil Hellmuth locked in for his bracelet hunt

Hellmuth always finds a way to give resounding answers to the doubters, this 17th bracelet being only the latest example.

Now, we all wait and see when he gets number 18. I think we all know the question is if, not when.

Never bet against Phil Hellmuth at the World Series of Poker.