When you're hot, you're hot. Besim Hot had every Phil Hellmuth hater in the world cheering him on from the farthest corners of the globe during their heads-up duel in 2019 WSOP Europe Event #10 €25,500 Mixed Games Championship.
If aliens also watch poker, I'm sure there's a few Alpha Centurions who also think Hellmuth is a dickhead. If that's the case, the Greys were also rooting on Besim Hot. The Swiss player defeated Phil Hellmuth heads-up and outlasted a tough final table to win his first bracelet at the King's Casino in RozVegas durig the 2019 World Series of Poker Europe.
The €25,500 Mixed Games Championship final table included Phil Hellmuth, Besim Hot, Dzmitry Urbanovich, Benny Glaser, Julien Martini, Daniel Negreanu, and Alex Livingston.
Negreanu went out guns blazing in sixth place. He missed out on another bracelet, but at least Phil Hellmuth didn't win one either. Negreanu went deep enough to garner enough POY points to ladder up two spots.
French pro Julien Martini bid his farewell in fifth place. British pro and multi-bracelet winner Benny Glasser saw his run come to an end in fourth place.
Dzmitry Urbanovich, the GOAT from Poland, squandered a shot at some bling. Urbanovich showed his versality by going deep in RozVegas in the Mixed Games Championship, but fell short of the mark when he bounced in third place. Urbanovich's elimination set up the finale between Phil Hellmuth and Besim Hot.
Love or hate Phil Hellmuth, he's always in the thick of things. Some of his success is part of the adage "90% of success is showing up!" and in Hellmuth's case, he's won so many bracelets because he constantly shows up to the WSOP to play in the gagillion events every year. Sure, he's an admitted attention whore, but you still have to play well enough to go deep and make a final table. Hellmuth knows all about heartache. You cannot win 15 pieces of bling without coming close and missing.
Sam Trickett whiffed the other night with a runner-up finish. He'd been chasing the elusive bling for a decade. Hellmuth will get another chance. He always does. And he'll win his 16th bracelet eventually and probably a 17th too. Why? Not because he's good, but because he cares the bracelets mean a shitload to him.
For a second place finish, Phil Hellmuth banked €238,509. He couldn't dodge bullets this time.
Hot banked approximately $428K in American bucks. Not too shabby, eh?
Hot previously final tabled the 2019 WSOPE €25K Short Deck event last week. He took fifth place for a score worth €166,258.
Nergeanu's deep run secured him first place on the Player of the Year leaderboard. Kid Poker jumped from third to first passing Shaun Deeb and former frontrunner Robert Campbell.
2019 WSOPE - Event #10 €25,500 Mixed Games Championship
Prize Pool: €1,068,420
Final Table Results:
1. Besim Hot (Switzerland) €385,911
2. Phil Hellmuth (USA) €238,509
3. Dzmitry Urbanovich (Poland) €162,463
4. Benny Glaser (UK) €111,689
5. Julien Martini (France) €77,502
6. Daniel Negreanu (Canada) €54,287
7. Alex Livingston (Canada) €38,389