The reputable poker player, Phil Hellmuth, confidently secured his first victory at the U.S. Poker Open on Wednesday. In event No.5, Hellmuth made a straight flush on the final hand to defeat Jeremy Ausmus heads-up. He thus won the $ 211,200 first prize of the $10,000 buy-in No-limit Hold’em tournament held at the PokerGO Studio near Aria in Las Vegas.
According to Las Vegas Review-Journal, Hellmut said after the victory: “I have something. I have this thing called reading ability. And a lot of the younger generation doesn’t understand that. They see me make these plays and they’re like, ‘That’s a bad play. That’s a bad play.’ But if you know that they can’t call then I feel like it’s a great play. Sometimes they don’t give me enough credit, so it’s kind of nice.”
The final table hosted Hellmuth as fourth in chips but he presented a great play and eliminated five players out of a total of six eliminations. During the play, George Wolff’s ace-queen couldn’t hold against Hellmuth’s ace jack. A jack showed up on the turn and George Wolff went out in fourth place.
Hellmuth then eliminated Jesse Lonis outflopping the latter’s ace-three holding. The final hand saw Hellmuth flopping a flush against Jeremy Ausmus with a six-deuce of clubs in his hands. When Hellmuth eventually moved all-in, Ausmus called with top pair and a queen-high flush draw, but Hellmuth came up on the turn with a three of clubs, which was the winning hand.
“Jeremy is a classy guy,” Hellmuth reportedly said. “And I like him a lot. He called me out on social media for being a little bit too bratty, but he was (expletive) right. But no, there was no revenge. I was keenly aware that I finished second to him in the (2021 World Series of Poker) $50,000 Pot-limit Omaha because he had no chips. And he won like 13 all-ins in a row or something. So, I knew he would be tough.”
The First Title:
The title won at the US Poker Open is the first Hellmuth title. Also, it is his 71st documented live tournament victory including a record-winning streak of 16 WSOP wins. According to the Las Vegas Review-Journal citation of Hendon Mob Poker Database, this prominent player has earned more than $28.6 million in career tournaments to date.
He has now also moved up to sixth place on the US Poker Open chart, standing at 41st overall on the PokerGO Tour at the same time. Hellmuth is close to entering the top 50 and qualifying for the season-closing PGT Championship with a $ 1,000,000 freeroll.
“It’s nice, you know, after last year. Last year, I had two seconds and a fourth in the U.S. Poker Open. I don’t play that many tournaments here, but if you look at like the last 10 tournaments I played here at the studio, it’s pretty crazy. I think I have four final tables in 10 events. Now people are going to say that’s not true, but it’s pretty easy to check,” said Phil Hellmuth, the winner of the latest U.S. Poker Open.