WSOP day 11 roundup: Hellmuth wins 11th

12 June 2007

Phil Hellmuth won his 11th WSOP bracelet Monday, surpassing Doyle Brunson and Johnny Chan to become the most decorated player in WSOP history.

While Hellmuth was busy winning the $1,500 No Limit Hold'em tournament, James Richburg busy winning his second WSOP title in as many years and two more tournaments worked their way down to a final table.

Hellmuth stands alone
Last year, Hellmuth's quest to tie Brunson and Chan on the all-time bracelet list wasn't easy. He reached two final tables before tying the record with a victory in a $1,000 No Limit Hold'em Rebuy event near the end of the Series.

Hellmuth didn't make us wait this year, winning his 11th WSOP bracelet in Event #15 -- just a week and a half into this year's Series.

Hellmuth defeated 2,627 opponents to win $637,254 for his second-largest tournament cash. He won $755,000 for winning the Main Event in 1989.

But the money was secondary for the best WSOP No Limit Hold'em player of all time. Read more about Hellmuth's history win.

Richburg wins, Schneider short of second title of 2007
James Richburg, a 52-year old resident of Henderson, Nev., may not have 11 WSOP bracelets, but he did pick up his second with a win in Event #16, a $2,500 H.O.R.S.E. tournament.

Richburg, who won a $1,500 Razz tournament last year, picked up $238,881 for the win.

Walter Browne made his second final table of the Series and finished second to take home $131,445. Tom Schneider, the winner of the $2,500 Omaha/Seven Card Stud Hi-Low tournament earlier in the Series, was fourth.

Thorson, Hansen at World Championship final table
William Thorson, who finished 13th in last year's Main Event, and Thor Hansen, who already owns two WSOP bracelets, headline today's $5,000 World Championship Limit Hold'em final table.

Thorson is the chip leader heading into the final day of play with $585,000 chips, while Hansen, who will be playing at his 15th career WSOP final table, sits in fifth with $282,000.

Ray Dehkharghani, making his third career WSOP final table, is in second with $471,000, while Tom Koral, who has five WSOP cashes and is making his first final table, sits in fourth with $325,000.

First place in the tournament will pay $333,379 while the ninth-place finisher will take home $21,742.

Ladies champ to be crowned today
Frauke Ritter Von Sporschill has a small chip lead heading into today's final table of the $1,000 World Championship Ladies No Limit Hold'em event.

Von Sporschill has $523,000 in chips, while Mindy Trinidad sits in second with $444,000. Vanessa Selbst, known for a poorly-timed bluff in final table coverage of a $2,000 No Limit Hold'em event last year, is making her second career WSOP final table appearance. She sits in third with $354,000. Randi Calabro (eighth, $110,000) and Julie Dang (ninth, $48,000) are cashing in this event for the second year in a row.

The winner of today's final table will take home $262,077 while ninth earns $14,628.


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