Steve Jelinek Denies Hellmuth Bracelet No. 12

by Lou on June 26, 2010

Phil Hellmuth was a contender in Event 41, the $1,500 pot-limit Omaha/8 event, when he began the final day’s play in fourth place with 15 players remaining.  But he couldn’t gain any traction, found himself short-stacked, and finished in seventh place.

A win would have been his twelfth gold bracelet and his first in an event other than hold’em, and pushed him a bit closer to winning his prop bet with eight-time WSOP bracelet winner Phil Ivey, as they race to become the first to thirteen bracelets.

Steve Jelinek (pictured above), from Birmingham, England, who won the event, is the fifth Brit to earn a bracelet at this year’s WSOP. An IT manager before turning to poker, Jelinek finished sixth in this event last year.  This year he beat out a field of 847 to take home $245,871.

“It’s not quite sunk it yet,” he said. “But you would not know how much this means to me because I’ve been a professional for two-and-a-half years and a serious player for seven. I’ve been down on my luck, maybe through poor play, maybe through a bit of mismanagement, or picking the wrong games. My bankroll was down a bit. I decided to come to the WSOP this year and try and get a gold bracelet to try and continue my poker career, and that’s what it means to me.

“Not only to win the biggest prize in poker, in the best setting, in the best tournaments, against the best players, but to be able to continue my poker career as a winner …To win this gold bracelet is a great honor.”

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