Poker Brat Out As Las Vegas WSOP Continues

by | Published: Tuesday, July 19th, 2011

The Poker Brat is out of the game at this year’s WSOP Las Vegas with the pro failing to survive a brutal day of action in Nevada.

The 852 players that survived into the day were cut down to just 378 and cut as well were Phil Hellmuth’s chances of a 12th WSOP gold bracelet.

It means his dry spell during the Las Vegas leg of the WSOP now stretches to back to 2007 when he picked up over $600k in event #15.

He holds the record of 85 cash finishes but on his 47th birthday he missed that mark as well as he remains wihtout a win in 2011.

Phill Hellmuth has finished second in three events this year as he struggles to get back to the form that saw him rise to the very top of the world poker ranks.

His best ever was back in 1993 when he not only won two tournaments back to back, he won three, an incredible effort and one which earned him over $400,000 during a time when prize money was nowhere near as lucrative as it is today.

Things are different this year though and with such a wealth of high quality players around the place he’s struggling to dominate as he once did.

The Poker Brat wasn’t paid out this tournament finishing a few dozen spots away from the 693rd position, the biggest heart break though belonged to Reza Kashani who you guessed it, finished in 694th.

He was in remarkable spirits for someone who had come so close and there’s no doubt his performance was impressive given he only picked up the game a year ago.

Kashani was quoted as saying he would take , “a lot of good experience” from his first ever WSOP event and that it “is going to help me for next year”.

One big positive is that he’ll definitely be back next year as well, organisers deciding that he would gain free entry to the 2012 WSOP in Las Vegas, great news for a man who scraped the cash together himself this year.

Having said that he’d be excused for being a little annoyed that he didn’t pick up the $19,359 paid out for 693rd place.

He has thrown down the gauntlet though, remember the name Reza Kashani!

“All the players who are coming and will be here,” he said.

“They better watch out for me!”

As expected once the bubble burst out came a flood of others happy to have just limped into the cash out stage.

David Diaz, Todd Brunson, Chris Bjorin, Bryan Micon, Vanessa Rousso, Joe Serock, Sandra Naujoks, Robert Varkonyi, Jake Cody, Shannon Shorr, Dennis Phillips, Steve O’Dwyer, Andrew Chen, Berry Johnston, Jeff Madsen, Humberto Brenes and Jeffrey Lisandro were all among the players sent packing from Vegas.

In front at the start of day five is Manoj Viswanathan, he sits on $2,115,000 ahead of Sam Barnhart second on $1,925,000.

Rounding out third place is Pius Heinz on $1,887,000.

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