Phil Hellmuth Eyes Fifteenth Gold Bracelet in 2017 WSOP $1,500 Razz

It has been two years since fourteen-time gold bracelet winner Phil Hellmuth won his last WSOP gold piece. Back in the WSOP summer of 2015, the player topped an elite field of 103 Razz specialists to claim the title in the $10,000 Razz Championship.

Now, a couple of years after, Hellmuth is eyeing a fifteenth gold bracelet in another Razz tournament – the $1,500 buy-in one.

The Poker Brat, as the poker community refers to him as a term of endearment due to his fiery temperament while at the poker table, has been holding the record for the most WSOP jewelry pieces ever won for several years now. Adding a fifteenth bracelet has eluded him these past years, but eyes will certainly be set on him when he and his opponents reconvene for a final day of play in the $1,500 Razz tournament.

The three day-event started off with flying colors and 419 tournament entries who wanted to try their luck and skills in what many consider the most popular form of lowball poker. After two days and 20 levels of play, the original field was reduced to just 10 players. The remaining survivors are set to return to Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino today at 2 pm local time.

Although many consider Hellmuth the favorite for the title, the player will have a long and arduous way to go before claiming it. He will start final-day play as the short stack with 116,000 in chips. Blinds will be at 12,000/24,000 when cards are thrown in the air for Day 3 action, which means that Hellmuth is not in a very comfortable position. However, given decades of experience on the felt, he certainly has what is needed to overturn the course of action.

The final pack of ten will be led by David “ODB” Baker, who will begin the day with a solid stack of 614,000. Baker will try to win his career second gold bracelet. He captured his first piece back in 2012, when he topped the field of the $2,500 8-Game Mix tournament on the WSOP schedule.

UK’s Benny Glaser is another multiple-time gold bracelet winner to watch out for on Day 3. The player won two of his three gold pieces last summer and within several days. He first emerged the victor from a $1,500 Omaha Hi-Lo 8 or Better and then popped into the $10,000 Omaha Hi-Lo 8 or Better Championship to win that one, too.

Prominent poker pros such as Mike Matusow, James Obst, who won the $10,000 Razz Championship last month, and Jason Mercier did not make it to the unofficial final table of ten.

And here is the pack of remaining finalists and their respective chip counts for Day 3 play:

David “ODB” Baker 614,000
Wendy Freedman 596,000
Brad Ruben 426,000
Benny Glaser 324,000
Jason Gola 312,000
James Schaaf 231,000
Gerard Rechnitzer 221,000
Grzegorz Wyraz 177,000
Yordan Petrov 119,000
Phil Hellmuth 116,000

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