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2013 WSOP Europe: Phil Hellmuth Earns Historic 100th WSOP Cash

Phil Hellmuth

In 1878, Tommy Bond became the first MLB pitcher to win 100 games. In 1920, Joe Malone became the first player to score 100 goals in the NHL. In 1970, Sonny Jurgensen became the first quarterback to throw for 100 touchdowns in the Super Bowl era of the NFL. In 1980, Brian Taylor became the first player to make 100 three-point shots in the NBA.

On Thursday, when the bubble burst in Event #5: €2,200 No-Limit Hold’em at the 2013 World Series of Poker Europe, 13-time bracelet winner Phil Hellmuth became the first player to ever cash in 100 bracelet events. Eight-time bracelet winner Erik Seidel also cashed in the event, and remains in second on the all-time cashes list with 80.

Here is the top 10:

RankPlayerCashesBraceletsWSOP Earnings
1Phil Hellmuth10013$12,268,218*
2Erik Seidel808$4,651,450*
3Men Nguyen797$3,165,159
4Humberto Brenes722$2,264,333
5Chris Bjorin682$2,428,929
6Daniel Negreanu675$5,064,839
7Barry Greenstein643$2,924,033
T8John Juanda635$4,643,331
T8Chris Ferguson635$4,068,677
T8Berry Johnston635$2,094,362

*The earnings have not been updated through Event #5

What’s impressive about this list is the amount of bracelets Hellmuth has compared to how many events he’s cashed in. Exactly 13 percent of the time the Poker Brat makes the money, he wins a bracelet. Seidel has the second-best bracelets-to-cashes percentage within the top 10, winning gold in 10% of the events he reaches the money in.

Here’s the bracelets-to-cashes rate for the 11 players who have won six or more bracelets:

1Johnny Moss92733.3%
2Doyle Brunson103627.8%
3Billy Baxter73023.3%
4Johnny Chan104522.2%
5Phil Ivey95217.3%
6Layne Flack63716.2%
7Jay Heimowitz63915.4%
8Phil Hellmuth1310013%
9Erik Seidel88010%
10T.J. Cloutier66010%
11Men Nguyen7798.9%

Moss, Brunson, Baxter, and Chan all benefit from small field sizes, while five of Ivey’s bracelets have come after Chris Moneymaker won the 2003 Main Event. Four of Hellmuth’s wins have come in the post-Moneymaker era.

All of Flack’s bracelets have come after 1999.

Among players with 50 or more cashes, the one with the lowest bracelets-to-cashes rate is Tony Cousineau. Cousineau has cashed in 58 bracelet events, yet he’s never finished higher than fourth.

Hellmuth was unable to turn his 100th cash into his 50th final table appearance or 14th bracelet. The Poker Brat lost most of his stack against Ariel Celestino, when the Brazilian fired three barrels on a board that came {5-Clubs}{2-Diamonds}{8-Diamonds}{5-Diamonds}{3-Diamonds}. Hellmuth folded to the third bullet, an all-in bet, and Celestino showed the {7-Clubs}.

Convinced his opponent was bluffing, Hellmuth went into a tirade, and later tweeted that he folded {8-Spades}{6-Spades}:

phil_hellmuthTough tough spot, but if I trust my read and CALL, then I'm chip leader. I had 8s-6s on 8d-5d-2c-5d-3d board and he bet big every street!

In his final hand, the 13-time bracelet winner got his stack in the middle with {6-Clubs}{6-Hearts} against Celestino’s {7-Spades}{7-Hearts}. The sevens held up, and Hellmuth hit the rail.

Hellmuth’s first WSOP cash was 25 years ago – he finished fifth in a $1,500 seven card stud event in 1988 for $15,450.

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