Phil Hellmuth Falls Just Shy of First WPT Title
The World Poker Tour (WPT) has just wrapped up another stop on their circuit at California’s The Bicycle Hotel & Casino for WPT Legends of Poker. The $4,000 Main Event received 763 entries, creating a juicy prize pool of $2,738,407.
There were three starting flights and the first one saw Matt Salsberg bag the largest Canadian stack, finishing the day with 67,300. Greg Mueller had a successful Day 1c, bagging 93,500 at day’s end. But the two Canadians had a rough run on Day 2, neither of them surviving the day.
There were, however, two lesser-known Canadians who continued on and survived into the money. Darren Healy collected 55th-place money of $9,070 and Bill Germanis finished 46th for $10,405.
The six-handed final table was full of some great talent. JC Tran came to the final day with the most chips while Phil Hellmuth sat in the middle of the pack and Marvin Rettenmaier also had a seat. Art Papzyan, DJ Alexander, and Adam Swan rounded out the final six.
Both Tran and Rettenmaier were already two-time WPT Champions, looking for their third title. But the best-known player at the table, Phil Hellmuth, was hunting for his first WPT win to go with his record-holding collection of WSOP bracelets.
Hellmuth was denied his first win. Art Papazyan took the victory and accompanying $668,692 while Hellmuth had to settle for second place and $364,370. JC Tran finished third for $217,040, followed by DJ Alexander for $161,490. Marvin Rettenmaier managed fifth for $120,775 and Adam Swan was the first out for $91,825.