Phil Hellmuth makes WPT Bay 101 Final Table

Ultimate Bet Cancels 2010 Aruba Classic

by , Mar 12, 2010 | 8:15 am

After having what he admitted was his worst year in poker last year, Phil Hellmuth decided some changes were in order. In his blog from February, Hellmuth hired mindset coach Sam Chauhan and had a battery of tests among other changes to get his poker game back to the when he was considered by more than himself as the best player in the world. It appears to be paying off this week, as Hellmuth has made the final table of the WPT Bay 101 Shooting Stars Main Event Friday afternoon. Here’s how the rest of the final table will be seated when play resumes around 4pm PT (results come from the Hendon Mob Database):

Seat 1: Hasan Habib – 455,000
Seat 2: Phil Hellmuth – 1,433,000
Seat 3: Andy “BKiCe” Seth – 2,164,000
Seat 4: Matt Keikoan – 371,000
Seat 5: Mclean Karr – 1,112,000
Seat 6: Dan O’Brien – 1,129,000

Other big names who missed the final table: Scotty Nguyen (8th), “Miami John” Cernuto (11th), Nick Schulman (13th), Chau Giang (14th), and current WPT Player of the Year leader Faraz Jaka (18th). Live updates will be available from BJ Nemeth and the other good people over at the site.

In other news related to Hellmuth, Ultimate Bet has decided to cancel the 2010 Aruba Classic as they decided to expand their offerings online, including having a second Ultimate Bet Online Championship series each year.

7 Comments to “Phil Hellmuth makes WPT Bay 101 Final Table ”

  1. Aaron

    The Hendon Mob obviously has a sense of humor considering they picked the GAYEST photo of Phil Hellmuth profile picture from like 10-15 years ago! Haha.

  2. DanM

    wonder what the real reason is UB canceled Aruba. i’m not buying the company line on this one.

  3. scott diamond

    Could it be because Pokerstars and Full Tilt players are not able to go? Probably not, but this was great marketing for UB having the Aruba Classic.

    There’s all kinds of “What if’s” and I have a few of my own that I will keep to myself right now.

    If this story becomes a topic maybe I’ll throw my guesses out there. Dan hope you hear more on this, it’s a interesting story to me.

  4. Kevin Mathers

    It was discussed on The Poker Beat (great debut by their B-Team btw) that the Aruba event lost money for UB. They made the event a loss leader, in the hopes of getting the players to recruit their friends to play on the site.

    Hellmuth also gave an interview with Matt Savage with his reasoning why the Aruba Classic was canceled this year:

  5. DanM

    interesting. seems it really is more about plans for a one-year layoff …

    agreed, btw, on the TPB b-team. writing something up about that for the weekend.

  6. DanM

    BTW, from a tourney perspective, how is this NOT Hellmuth’s to win? The only known threat is Hasan Habib — who is short-stacked and out of position. Maybe Andy Seth has a chance because he has an onliney nckname.

  7. Gav

    Hellmuth busted in 6th, that sucks