Hellmuth Wins Bracelet #14, Ivey MIA
Phil Hellmuth earned his 14th career WSOP bracelet early Tuesday morning after winning the $10,000 Razz Championship.
Meanwhile his nearest bracelet contender - Phil Ivey - has been a no-show thus far at the 2015 WSOP.
Brit John Gale also took down the $1,000 NL Turbo Event for his second career bracelet.
Phil Hellmuth Wins 14th Career WSOP Bracelet
Phil Hellmuth extended his record for most career World Series of Poker bracelets early Tuesday morning. Hellmuth won the $10,000 Razz Championship for his 14th career bracelet and $271,105.
Hellmuth was third in chips at the start of the final day of this event but still had to outlast 11 other players that included bracelet winners Shaun Deeb, Brandon Shack-Harris, Thomas Keller, Mike Leah, Mike Gorodinsky and eight-time bracelet winner Erik Seidel.
Heads-up play in this event came down to Hellmuth against Mike Gorondinsky. Despite being down almost 2:1 at the start of heads-up play, Hellmuth's experience would prove to be the difference maker.
Hellmuth battled back and ran hot when the bets were high to win his 14th career bracelet.
This win couldn't have come at a better time for Hellmuth. Prior to this event, Hellmuth had been 0 for the 2015 WSOP.
He broke his slump in a big way and extended his lead over Phil Ivey, Doyle Brunson and Johnny Chan.
Phil Ivey Absent from the 2015 WSOP
One of the biggest stories through the first two weeks of the WSOP has been the absence of 10-time bracelet winner Phil Ivey.
Rumors have swirled around why he hasn't yet arrived in Vegas and Ivey has remained mum on the matter.
Last year Ivey was struggling in events until he won the $1,500 Eight Game for his tenth career title.
Some have suggested that Ivey isn't properly motivated since he doesn't have any major bracelet bets while others suggest that he is focusing on cash-game action.
Ivey skipped the 2011 WSOP due to issues surrounding Full Tilt Poker following the Black Friday indictments. He returned in 2012 and proceeded to make five final tables, followed by bracelet wins in 2013 and 2014.
John Gale Wins $1,000 Turbo NL After Three Year Hiatus
On Monday John Gale bested a field of 1,791 players to win the $1,000 Turbo NL Hold'em Event and $298,290.
This was Gale's second career bracelet with his last victory coming in 2006. For the last three years, Gale has been noticeably absent from the World Series of Poker.
It was recently revealed that he has been battling various health issues, including a brain tumor and heart failure. Unfortunately, the tumor remains unresolved but that hasn't stopped him from competing.
Gale was the only bracelet winner at the final table and the only player having previously played at a WSOP final table.
That experience helped him grow a massive lead at the final table and by the time heads-up play was reached, he had an 8 to 1 chip lead.