Friday, Oct 5, 2012 Hellmuth Cements Legacy with WSOPE Main Event Win
Phil Hellmuth made history on Thursday by winning the 2012 World Series of Poker Europe Main Event.
This win not only extended his all-time bracelet lead but also makes him the only person in WSOP history to win both the WSOP Main Event and the WSOP Europe Main Event.
Poker Junkie blogger Compncards puts this win in perspective and speculates on what could be next for the now 13-time bracelet winner.
Hellmuth Seals Legacy with WSOP Europe Victory
There was no doubt going into this year that Phil Hellmuth was among the greatest players in WSOP history, but he still had a couple of knocks against him.
The first being that he could not win a non-Hold'em bracelet. Well, he silenced those critics this past summer by winning the $1,500 Razz event.
His other critics claimed that Hellmuth could no longer win the big one and that Texas Hold'em may have passed him by.
After taking down the WSOP Europe Main Event, what's left to criticize him about? Online play maybe?
Making History and Breaking Records
Hellmuth not only won his 13th bracelet but became the only man to win both the WSOP and WSOP-E Main Event.
He is always about making history and setting records, and this win did just that.
He's proven that he can play tournament poker in any era. Those who think otherwise no longer have a valid argument.
Hellmuth's goal has always been to be the greatest and after this victory today he became the greatest player in WSOP history hands down.
What's Next? Triple Crown and ...
What else is there really for Phil Hellmuth to accomplish in poker after this win?
Obviously he's going to try and extend his bracelet total, but what else is there for the man who has done it all?
For starters, he can now set his sights on the WSOP Triple Crown. With the WSOP Asia-Pacific launching next year, he has yet another venue to try and make history.
Only a select few will be in a position to win a bracelet triple crown and only Hellmuth will be in a position to fulfill the Main Event Triple Crown.
About the only other things left outside of completing the triple crown in the WSOP would be winning the $50,000 Poker Players Championship and winning a modern day WSOP Main Event lottery.
Both of those tasks are huge, but Hellmuth has put himself in position to win the 50k before and don't be surprised if he doesn't make at least a couple deep runs in the Main Event in Vegas in upcoming years.
Can He Reach 20 Bracelets and Will Anyone Catch Him?
Phil Hellmuth sits at 13 bracelets. Just how many will he win before the game passes him by?
It's not unrealistic to say he will have at least 20 bracelets by the time his career is effectively finished. If his mixed-game skills continue to improve, he could exceed that.
Also, will anyone ever catch Hellmuth now? A couple of years ago I would have said absolutely and the man to do it was Phil Ivey.
Now, I'm not so certain. Hellmuth continues to move forward with bracelet wins and Ivey is stuck. Losing a year to the whole Full Tilt Poker saga didn't help either.
Granted, Ivey has the talent and could absolutely pull off the feat. The next two to three years will really give us an idea of whether Ivey has a legitimate chance of catching Hellmuth.
Outside of Ivey, I don't see anyone else coming close.
At one point, Erik Seidel would have been on my list of potentials but he has not been a serious factor for years now at the WSOP. Seiborg apparently has glitches at the WSOP.
We are looking at a two-man race for history and Hellmuth may be pulling away. Now let's see how he does at the WSOP Asia-Pacific.