The Rio All-Suite Hotel and Casino hosts the 2021 World Series of Poker
After a canceled 2020 event, forcing the organizers to organize online tournaments, this year’s 88 live events promise to be a return to classic high-stakes poker.
This year’s first bracelet of the 88 on offer was won by local dealer James “Jimmy” Barnett in the Casino Employees No-Limit Hold ‘Em. Relatively unknown player Jesse Klein topped the HORSE event to win the $ 552,182 pot and the second bracelet of the event. Jeremy Ausmus won the Covid-19 Relief No-Limit Hold ‘Em tournament for the third bracelet of 2021 and 35-year-old Texan Long Ma, who won the $ 500 buy-in The Reunion No-limit Hold’em event, winning $ 514,604 and leading a field of 12,973 players won the fourth. Until now, the first bracelets have been refused to All-Time Leader Phil “The Poker Brat” Hellmuth.
One of the most controversial professional poker players on tour, Hellmuth amassed fifteen bracelets, five more than his closest rival Phil Ivey. Not the easiest player to share a table with, The Poker Brat earned their nickname by berating other players, storming the middle of the game, and generally being, well, a kid. In this year’s HORSE tournament, he did not disappoint despite his sixth place finish. Hellmuth exploded in Klein early in the match. Bending over the river, Hellmuth called his opponent “crazy” and with that, the glove was thrown away. The Poker Brat was in full force as Hellmuth paced the ground cursing his misfortune.
Come to think of it, I blew a lot a lot @WSOP tournaments because of exhaustion, which makes me play badly (my weakness). At today’s final table, and for 99% of the last two days, I played my A-Game. I feel like I deserve to win a tournament, but alas, it’s limit poker (6th place, sigh). pic.twitter.com/6frqt2A6AS
– phil_hellmuth (@phil_hellmuth) October 3, 2021
Growing up in Madison, Wisconsin, Hellmuth reportedly had a troubled adolescence and eventually dropped out of the University of Wisconsin Madison to become a professional poker player. In 2021, he ranks 21st on the all-time list with total earnings just north of $ 25 million. Looks like it didn’t go so bad after all.
Much has been said over the years of his 31-year marriage to wife psychiatrist Katherine Sanborn. They met while he was a student at Madison and moved to California so that she could pursue graduate studies at Stanford. She made a career in the staff of her alma mater and has helped keep the Brat on a level playing field over the years. They have two sons and Hellmuth cites his family as his proudest achievement.
Well it’s 4am here and I checked my calendar and noticed it’s our 30th wedding anniversary !! My wife is an amazing woman: bright, sexy, stable, brilliant and patient with me. She showed her true courage and helped me become a better man. I love you Kat ❤️❤️❤️❤️🍀🍀🍀🍀 pic.twitter.com/AwGNH0vHlM
– phil_hellmuth (@phil_hellmuth) March 31, 2020
The 2021 event is in full swing and the game has started on events five through twelve with two more events planned. There will definitely be more bracelets won and some millionaires made. Will Phil Hellmuth see his sixteenth?
Check out the full tournament schedule on the WSOP website.