2012 World Series of Poker Europe

Event #7: €10,450 No-Limit Hold'em Main Event
Days: 5

Baranov Causing a Hellmuth Meltdown

Phil Hellmuth can't believe the Sergii's hand
Phil Hellmuth can't believe the Sergii's hand

Phil Hellmuth was first to act and opened to 90,000. Joseph Cheong folded his button and Stephane Albertini called from the small blind. Sergii Baranov tagged along from the big blind and the flop came {3-Diamonds}{8-Hearts}{4-Clubs}.

It checked to Hellmuth and he continued for 150,000. Albertini got out of the way while Baranov decided to check-raise to 350,000.

"I call!" proclaimed Hellmuth. "...how much?" The agitated Hellmuth matched Baranov's chips into the pot.

The {9-Diamonds} came on the turn and Baranov tossed out several plaques for a bet totaling 600,000. Hellmuth snapped Baranov and threw plaques of his own into the middle. The {6-Clubs} rivered and both players checked. Hellmuth showed {A-Hearts}{4-Spades} for a pair of fours, but Baranov tabled {J-Clubs}{9-Clubs} for a pair of nines.

"OH MY GOD IN HEAVEN!" yelled Hellmuth. He bolted out of his chair. "What the f*ck!"

Hellmuth then fell straight to the ground and curled up into a ball, in utter disbelief that he lost the pot. The audience on the rail then burst into applause.

"God how does he get these miracles?!" continued Hellmuth. "I'm the one guy he cant' bluff and boom, he hits hit card! I'm just going to give Phil five hundred thousand, oh wait, there's my nine!"

Hellmuth has been consistently talking since the hand and we see no end in sight as he has now lost the chip lead.

Player Chips Progress
Sergii Baranov ua
Sergii Baranov
5,430,000 1,040,000
Phil Hellmuth us
Phil Hellmuth
3,805,000 -1,040,000
WSOP 16X Winner
Poker Hall of Famer

Tags: Joseph CheongPhil Hellmuth