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Phil Hellmuth won Event #71 $5,000 NL (30-minute levels). This two-day affair included expedited blinds. While all eyes were focused on the Main Event playing down to its final table, Hellmuth's event and final table flew under the radar. That is, until he got heads-up against two-time bracelet winner Steve Wolansky. Alas, Wolansky busted in second place and Hellmuth went on to win his 15th career bracelet.

The Poker Brat's head just got a little bit bigger. Phil Hellmuth shipped WSOP Event #71 $5,000 NL (30-minute levels) for a score worth $485,082. Hellmuth also won his 15th bracelet and broke his own record for most bracelet wins at the WSOP. Coming into this year's WSOP, Hellmuth had 14 pieces of bling to his name. Hellmuth arrived at the Main Event dressed as a Marvel character with 14 accompanying models, one for every bracelet he won. Next year he will have to come up with a 15-themed entrance.

No one has 11 bracelets. A trio of legends have ten... Doyle Brunson, Johnny Chan, and Phil Ivey. But that's it. Hellmuth has at least 5 more than the closest chase pack. Brunson is essentially retired. Who knows how much gas Chan has left in his tank. Ivey would have 20 bracelets by now if he played the rigorous schedule that Hellmuth played, but Ivey just doesn't care as much.

For a complete rundown of bracelet winners, check out our handy list of 2018 WSOP Bracelet Winners.

WSOP Event #71 $5,000 NL (30-minute levels) - Final Results

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Ship it to Hellmuth. 15x.

Say what you want about Hellmuth, but I'm more impressed with his double digit second-place finishes. Hellmuth has 10 overall. I mean... Hellmuth got super close to the bling almost as many times as he won.

Hellmuth also cashed in a WSOP event for a 134th time. That's a record that he currently holds, but I think that one will be beat by a grinder. I have no idea who can win 15 bracelets between now in the next decade, so Hellmuth's bracelet number might be safe if Ivey continues to play a handful of events every summer and ignore the WSOP Europe.

Speaking of Europe… Hellmuth is also the only player to win the WSOP Europe Main Event and the OG WSOP Main Event. Hellmuth won his 12th bracelet with a win at the 2012 WSOP Europe Main Event in France. Hellmuth banked €1,022,376 for that score.

Hellmuth won his first piece of bling when he shipped the Main Event in 1989. Hellmuth prevented Johnny Chan for winning a third WSOP in a row. Hellmuth also became the youngest champion in the process (24 years old), a record that stood for over two decades before the online poker boom. Along the way, Hellmuth accumulated 14 other bracelets by winning bling in every decade since he made a splash in the late 80s. Hellmuth has won bracelets in the 90s, 00s, and 10s. And it he's gonna keep playing as many as he can.

Back to the present...

In Event #71, while the Main Event was playing down to the final nine, Hellmuth launched a successful counterattack to come from behind and win Event #71. This two-day affair was essentially a turbo with 30-minute levels.

Hellmuth accumulated a significant amount of his chips thanks to a massive set over set pot against Liv Boeree. She flopped a set and Hellmuth turned a better set. That hand put him in perfect position to make a run at the final table. Once he got there, Hellmuth went into closer mode.

Hellmuth outlasted a final table that included Matt Glantz and Steve Wolansky. Everyone knows Glantz is a strong player, but Wolansky was no slouch. He won two bracelets and was seeking a third. Wolansky was trying to send Hellmuth to the rail in second place for the 11th time.

Glantz, a pro based out of Atlantic City who loves to stir the pot on Twitter, busted in sixth place.

When Alan Sternberg was picked off in third place, a heads-up battle was set between Hellmuth and Wolansky.

For a second-place finish, Wolansky earned $299,807. Meanwhile, Hellmuth won the bling and $485,082 in cash. Not too shabby, eh?

Paul Fontan from the U.K. bubbled the final table in tenth place.

Only the top 68 places paid out in the $5K. Notables who went deep in Event #71 included.... Jeremy Ausmus, Grayson Rampage, Griffin Benger, Chance Kornuth, Darryll Fish, Koray Aldemir, Antoine Saout, Liv Boeree, Davidi Kitai, Anthony Zinno, Farid Jatten, Ajay Chabra, Greg Merson, Jesus Ferguson, Tom Cannuli, and Johnny Bax.

2018 WSOP - Event #71 $5,000 NL (30-minute levels)

Entrants: 452

Prize Pool: $2,101,800

Payouts: 68

 

Final Table Results:

1. Phil Hellmuth (USA) $485,082

2. Steven Wolansky (USA) $299,807

3. Alan Sternberg (USA) $204,789

4. Aliaksei Boika (Belarus) $142,458

5. Ken Fishman (USA) $100,956

6. Matt Glantz (USA) $72,911

7. Paul Hoefer (Germany) $53,682

8. Ralph Wong (USA) $40,309

9. Eric Hicks (USA) $30,881

This bracelet win came on the heels of a huge blow up in the Main Event. Hellmuth violated the "one person per hand rule" in a three-way pot at the TV table. The hand cost a fireman his Main Event and James Campbell busted. Hellmuth got tons of shit on social media and 2+2 for his actions. Hellmuth eventually apologized and offered to pay Campbell's seat to next year's Main Event. The Poker Brat was being the Poker Brat. I mean, it's what he does. He's a dick at the tables and everyone knows it, but it doesn't excuse his behavior.

At any rate, it has been a wild week for Hellmuth with his Main Event bustout and ensuing drama... and then he ends up winning his 15th bracelet during the last week of action.

Watch Doug Polk take Hellmuth to task in this video…

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