Hellmuth Defeated by Juanda in WSOP Event 16
Phil Hellmuth has finished second in Event 16 of the World Series of Poker, having been pipped to the post by John Juanda in the event, which was the $10,000 Deuce-to-Seven Lowball Draw (No-Limit) Championship.
After his second place finish, Hellmuth tweeted “Strange thing, I finished in 2nd place & Won $270,000, but I feel c[o]mplet[e]ly awful + i am unconsolable…”
Juanda’s victory marks his fifth WSOP bracelet. The highlight so far had been in 2008, when he won the WSOPE Main Event. Juanda surprised many with his performance this time around, when he began Day 3 in last place in chip count, and managed to claw his way back to not only make the final table, but to overcome a 3-1 chip deficit, and make it to the final two, then defeat Hellmuth in heads-up play.
Heads-up play went on for almost three hours. Juanda managed to catch Hellmuth early on, and hung in for a long while before finally defeating Hellmuth and taking away $367,000 and the bracelet.
The final standings for the event were:
1st: John Juanda ($367,170)
2nd: Phil Hellmuth ($226,907)
3rd: Richard Ashby ($143,833)
4th: Steve Sung ($97,416)
5th: Nick Schulman ($69,216)
6th: David Baker ($51,485)
7th: Hasan Habib ($40,020)