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2011 WSOP Event #55: $50,000 Player's Championship

WSOP, 2011-07-07, by Ozone

It's been a pretty frustrating route to positioning himself as a huge favorite to win 2011 WSOP Player of the Year honors for Phil Hellmuth. The Poker Brat enjoyed a commanding 4-to-1 chip lead over Brian Rast at one point during heads-up play of the prestigious $50,000 WSOP Player's Championship. Then it all fell apart. In a span of about 10 minutes, Hellmuth lost three all-ins in which he held a flush draw each time. It was the third tournament of the 2011 WSOP where Hellmuth played heads-up for his 12th bracelet and lost. The other two occasions were in the $10,000 2-7 Lowball Championship and the $10,000 Stud Hi-Lo Championship.

Rast earned $1.7 million for the win and his name engraved on the side of the Chip Reese Memorial Trophy. For Hellmuth, the first seven-figure score of his career ($1.063 million) was bittersweet.

Rast's win ensured yet another year at the WSOP with a multiple bracelet winner; he won the $1,500 pot-limit hold'em event held earlier in the series.

Rounding out the final table in the $50,000 Player's Championship were:

3rd: Minh Ly ($665,000)
4th: Owais Ahmed ($482,000)
5th: Matt Glantz ($376,000)
6th: George Lind ($300,000)
7th: Scott Seiver ($243,000)
8th: Ben Lamb ($201,000)

Unless he can pull off the incredible in the Main Event, which starts today, Hellmuth will have to wait another time for his 12th bracelet.

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