After having built up to 80,000 or so, Phil Hellmuth has had a fairly up and down last couple of levels.
Last level, he took a hit in a hand which began with him raising preflop and getting called by a player from the blinds. The flop came
, his opponent checked, he made a big overbet of 25,000 -- just a 100 more than his opponent's stack -- and his opponent quickly called, showing
. Hellmuth had a lot of outs with his
, but the turn was the
and the river the
. The Poker Brat was down to 45,000 after that one.
He'd slip down below 30,000, then get some back in a hand in which he limped from the button, then called the small blind's raise to 3,700. The flop came
, the small blind bet 6,500, and Hellmuth called. The turn was the
and both checked. The river was the
. The SB checked, Hellmuth bet 5,000, and his opponent called. Hellmuth showed
, and his opponent mucked. He was back up to 40,000.
Recently Hellmuth was involved again in a three-way hand in which the flop had come
, the big blind checked, Hellmuth bet 7,000, the button folded, then the big blind reraised all in. Hellmuth folded, and now he's down to 21,500.