Phil Hellmuth Falls Short in Bid for 12th World Series of Poker BraceletPublished on 2010-06-05 17:20:00
1. Phil Hellmuth Falls Short.
It wasn't meant to be for Phil Hellmuth on Friday, as the "Poker Brat" fell short in his bid to win his 12th World Series of Poker bracelet.
Phil was in good shape heading into the final day of Event #8 ($1,500 No Limit Hold'em). There were only 25 players left in the event heading into the final day of play, and Hellmuth had a top five chip stack.
Things didn't go Hellmuth's way on Friday though, and he ended up exiting the tournament in 15th place ($25,472).
The tournament was won by Pascal LeFrancois of Quebec, Canada, who took home nearly $570k USD and the World Series of Poker bracelet.
With a victory in this event, Hellmuth would have earned his 12th World Series of Poker bracelet and moved even further ahead of Doyle Brunson (10) and Johnny Chan (10). Hellmuth still has the outright lead over the two poker greats, but they are both still within striking distance thanks to Phil not being able to close the deal on Friday.
2. Phil Laak is Still Going.
73 hours down, 7 hours to go.
Phil Laak's attempt at breaking the world record for longest ever poker session is still alive.
Laak is holding up remarkably well so far, and seems poised to break the record later today.
According to Laak's Twitter feed, the official record (that is currently held by Paul Zimbler) stands at 78 hours 45 minutes. Laak, provided that he doesn't crumble over the next few hours, would eclipse this record at around 9:30 pm EST later today. Phil has stated that he is going to attempt to go for 80 hours straight, meaning that he would be wrapping up at around 11 pm EST tonight.
Paul Zimbler was completely out of it at the end of his record-breaking session last year. Phil Laak, on the other hand, seems completely composed and coherent with just a few hours left.
You can watch a live stream of the record-breaking attempt here - there are currently 1,500 people watching the stream as I type this.
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