Event #58: $10,000 Main Event

Hellmuth Hangs On

Shamus • Level 5: 200-400, 50 ante

The secondary feature table was broken shortly after the start of Level 5 -- thus ending the ongoing convo between Phil Hellmuth and Mark Newhouse -- and a short-stacked Hellmuth was moved to a new table over in the Blue section. He continued to nurse his short stack for the next hour, but just now found himself putting at least some of those chips at risk.

The player on the button opened with a raise to 1,100, and Hellmuth -- sitting in the small blind -- called the raise, leaving himself but 5,700 behind. The big blind folded, and the flop came {2-Hearts}{K-Clubs}{Q-Diamonds}. Both players checked. The turn was the {Q-Clubs}, prompting a bet of 1,350 from Hellmuth. His opponent hemmed and hawed, finally exhaling "I can't do it!" before letting his hand go.

Hellmuth flashed his cards toward his opponent on his right -- it appeared to be a middle pair (e.g., {8-}{8-}) -- and declared "everyone else on the planet would have moved in there." Hellmuth didn't, though, and came away from the hand with a few more chips. He's still super short, however, with a little over 8,000.

Tagovi: Phil Hellmuth