Woot! The Poker Brat did it! When I went to bed, Phil Hellmuth
was solidly ahead, but sometime while I slumbered, he let Juha Helppi take the chip lead. Luckily, a pair of cowboys (kings) saddled up to the table and helped Hellmuth take back the stacks, and after that, it was a smooth ride to the finish. The final hand was Hellmuth AJ vs. Helppi's A9 -- Helppi got no help from the flop
, or river
, and finished 2nd, earning $331,144 for his work. Hellmuth earned $631,863, and a place with Doyle Brunson
and Johnny Chan
as the only three players with 10 World Series of Poker
After his win, Hellmuth said "I said this the other day, I said I'd pay a million dollars to win a bracelet, but (I) had to win it. I didn't know if I'd get there because I came close three times this trip. I'm just so, so happy."