Got to admit that the last couple of days have been anything but boring down at the Rio Las Vegas. It began with Matt Matros becoming only the third player in 30 years to be victorious in winning a bracelet in three consecutive years. He took Event #16: $1,500 No-Limit Hold’em Six-Handed Champion, knocking out Mark Radoja when he completed a flush on the river. Not only did he take home his 3rd WSOP bracelet but walked away with $454,835.
That was followed by Andy Frankenberger who won Event 17: $10,000 Pot-Limit Hold’em in a heads-up against one of the world’s greatest poker players and eight- time WSOP bracelet winner, Phil Ivey. Frankenberger, who had won a bracelet last year, took home his second bracelet , and a 445,899 pay check, but you can bet that his biggest rush was that he beat the legendary Ivey.
And finally, as if we hadn’t had enough, we get the “poker brat” Phil Hellmuth getting satisfaction and finally capturing his elusive twelfth bracelet. He captured it in Event 18: $2,500 Seven Card Razz. He got a check for $182,793 but the money, I’m sure, was insignificant to him. You could see it all over his face; the weight of that elusive 12th had finally lifted.
You, too, would act like a poker brat just like Hellmuth and splash all your chips on the poker table if you had won your 12th bracelet. Hell, I would do that if I just cashed . . . let alone if I got a WSOP bracelet.