Phil Hellmuth’s Final Table Stats for the 2021 World Series of Poker

December 6, 2021
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Mark Patrickson

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To say that Phil Hellmuth set the record straight during the 2021 World Series of Poker would be an understatement. Perpetually labeled as out-of-touch with the modern game, he put in the performance of a lifetime to send a message to the naysayers that he is still a force to be reckoned with.


Record-Breaking

Another gold bracelet to his name—a record 16th victory—and a few near misses put the finishing touches on a fantastic series. But there was another record that he now holds: the number of final table appearances in a WSOP.

Seven top eight finishes is one hell of a record, no matter how many events a player enters. Victory in the $1,500 No-Limit 2-7 Lowball Draw was crowned by three runner-up placings. Oh what could have been; imagine adding three more victories to bump up the bracelet record to 19. Surely that would have set the record out of reach for good.

Mike “The Mouth” Matusow was quick to congratulate his friend, demanding more respect for the old school players. His disdain for GTO solvers is well-known and he continues to be vocal that talent still rules in poker, claiming that Phil Hellmuth is the G.O.A.T.

It’s interesting to note that there were no NL Hold’em final table appearances this year for Hellmuth. With the vast majority of solver work happening in that format it’s clear that talent certainly does play more of a role in the lesser played formats.

Not everyone was in the mood to give credit, though. One poster criticised Hellmuth for missing an event that only attracted 33 runners where he had a good chance to win another bracelet in a format where he has often claimed to be the best in years gone by.

“The most advanced solvers that young guys study and work with are mostly for NL holdem, have you seen any results in Holdem for PH? He decided to skip an event with only 33 players between him and a bracelet in a game he claimed he was the best for so long, coincidence?”


Phil Hellmuth's 2021 WSOP Final Table Appearances

Event #

Tournament

Place

Prize

2

$25,000 H.O.R.S.E

2nd

$95,329

9

$10,000 Omaha Hi Lo Championship

5th

$80,894

19

$10,000 Seven Card Stud Championship

4th

$54,730

31

$1,500 No-Limit 2-7 Lowball Draw

1st

$84,951

36

$10,000 Dealers Choice Championship

2nd

$153,493

78

$10,000 Razz Championship

8th

$31,411

84

$50,000 Pot-Limit Omaha High Roller

2nd

$734,807

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