There was no need to burn down the casino, but Phil Hellmuth was on fire the other night in PokerGO studio as WSOP bracelet record holder wins his first PokerGO Tour title and first U.S. Poker Open trophy.
Hellmuth knocked out five of his six opponents at the final table, including Jeremy Ausmus in heads-up battle, for a nice $211,200 win.
"It's nice, you know after last year," Hellmuth said about his first win in PGT. "Last year I had two seconds and a fourth in the U.S. Poker Open. I don't play that many tournaments here, but if you look at like the last ten tournaments I played here at the studio, it's pretty crazy. I think I have four final tables in ten events. Now people are gonna say that's not true but it's pretty easy to check."
Phil started the final day as fourth in chips and after a few hands played, he was already in the driving position and never looked back. Except for Darren Elias, who was knocked out as a first player on the final table by Jeremey Ausmus, Hellmuth eliminated three next players in Allan Le, Aram Oganyan, George Wolff, and Jesse Lonis.
And the last hand of the day was really special. Ausmus limped with QT and Hellmuth checked with 62s, and checked in the dark before the flop, which brought him a flush, while Ausmus had a top pair with a re-draw to a higher flush.
Ausmus bet, Hellmuth check-raised, Ausmus 3-bet, Hellmuth went all-in, and Ausmus made an instant call. It was all over on the turn as Phil hits a three of clubs for a straight flush!
"Jeremy is a classy guy," Hellmuth said about his heads-up opponent. "And I like him a lot. He called me out on social media for being a little bit too bratty, but he was fucking right. But no there was no revenge. I was keenly aware that I finished second to him in the $50,000 Pot-Limit Omaha, because he had no chips. And he won like thirteen all-ins in a row or something. So I knew he would be tough."
With this win, Phil Hellmuth now has $28,660,000 in career tournament winnings and sits on 21st place at the All Time money List.
2023 U.S. Poker Open Event #5 Final Table Results
|1st||Phil Hellmuth||United States||$211,200|
|2nd||Jeremy Ausmus||United States||$149,600|
|3rd||Jesse Lonis||United States||$105,600|
|4th||George Wolff||United States||$88,000|
|5th||Aram Oganyan||United States||$70,400|
|6th||Allan Le||United States||$52,800|
|7th||Darren Elias||United States||$44,000|