Hellmuth Narrowly Misses Masterpiece
The 2011 World Series of Poker Europe is underway and the first bracelet winner has been crowned.
The real story of the first few days, however, was poker icon Phill Hellmuth as he bubbled the final table of Event #1 and fell just short of winning his 12th bracelet and painting a true poker "masterpiece."
Guillaume Humbert took the €2,500 Six-Max NLHE bracelet and Andrew Hinrichsen will start the second day of the €1,090 No-Limit Hold'em event as the chip leader.
Hellmuth Falls Short as Humbert Takes Six-Handed Bracelet
A field of 360 players took to the felt on Friday for Event #1 of the 2011 WSOP Europe, the €2,500 Six-Max No-Limit Texas Hold'em Event.
Many of poker's elite turned out for the event. Among those that fell on Day 1 included Tom Dwan, Jason Mercier, Bertrand Grospellier, Eugene Katchalov and Sam Trickett.
As the event progressed through Day 2, the poker world's attention turned to Phil Hellmuth.
He ended Day 2 second in chips behind Guilluame Humbert and thoughts of bracelet #12 surely were dancing in Hellmuth's head.
Unfortunately for Hellmuth, his dreams for a 12th bracelet fell when he busted out in 7th place.
Hellmuth couldn't get much going on the final day and actually let himself get ground down to less than two big blinds.
He was ultimately all-in with Ks-Jh against the Ac-4h of Marton Czuczor.
Hellmuth failed to catch and bubbled the final table.
In his exit interviews he called it a blown opportunity for a true poker "masterpiece" as he played 18 levels, was never all in and had he won he might have called it the best tournament he ever played.
While Hellmuth fell short, heads-up play for the bracelet was between Humbert and Azusa Maeda from Japan.
At the start of heads-up action, Humbert led Maeda with 1.6 million in chips to the 1.04 million for Maeda.
The heads-up matchup was fairly one-sided with Humbert taking the majority of the pots. Humbert led 2.1 million to just 600k for Maeda at the start of the final hand.
The final hand reflected the rest of the match. After the two limped in to see a flop of 9c-7c-6d, Humbert checked to Maeda, who shoved.
Humbert made the call and showed 8h-5c for a flopped straight. Maeda showed 4d-3d and needed running diamond or the win or running straight cards for a chop.
The turn and river both fell fours and Humbert took the first bracelet of the 2011 WSOP Europe.
This event was Humbert's first ever live poker tournament. He clearly picked the right event to play as he outlasted a strong field to take his first bracelet and €215,999.
Andrew Hinrichsen Leads Heading into Day 2 of the €1,090 No-Limit Hold'em Event
The first economy event of the 2011 WSOP Europe kicked off on Saturday with the €1,090 No-Limit Hold'em Event.
This event had two starting days and at the end of the two days Andrew Hinrichsen holds the chip lead with 63,900 in chips.
Among the notables in the top 20 in chips are Randy Dorfman who sits in 14th and Vanessa Selbst who currently sits 19th with 35,400.
Other notables still alive in the event include Farzad Bonyadi, Dan Shak, Lars Bonding, Erik Cajelais and November Niner Eoghan O'Dea.
A field of 104 players remain in this event. First place awards a bracelet and €148,030 in prize money.