PRO Super Turbo: Big Week for Poker Hall of Famers
It's been a good week for members of the Poker Hall of Fame.
Two legends of poker made deep runs at the L.A. Poker Classic in Los Angeles, CA this week. Phil Hellmuth added to his legendary career with a victory in the $1,100 OE Event while fellow Poker Hall of Famer Billy Baxter finished 3rd in the Million Guaranteed Event.
Meanwhile, Erik Seidel continues his march on history as he finished runner-up to Dan Colman in a Triton Super High Roller Series Event.
Hellmuth Beats Matusow Heads-Up in LAPC OE Event
In recent years Phil Hellmuth has proven that he's no slouch when it comes to mixed games. He further proved that point on Tuesday after taking down the $1,100 OE (Omaha 8 / Stud 8) Event at the L.A. Poker Classic.
The final table of this event was a solid one including mixed game experts and WSOP bracelet winners Mike Matusow and "Miami" John Cernuto.
Ultimately, it was Hellmuth against Matusow heads-up for the title with Hellmuth holding the lead. Mikey was unable to make headway heads-up and ultimately fell during Stud 8 when he was unable to catch his low draw against trip sevens for Hellmuth.
Matusow's runner-up finish is his first non-WSOP cash since 2013. He earned $14,400. Hellmuth added another feather in his impressive poker cap, taking down the Remington "Bucking Bronco" trophy and a healthy $25,200 top prize.
Shazam! Billy Baxter Chops LAPC Million Guaranteed
Another impressive story from this week's action at the L.A. Poker Classic is the deep run of 77-year-old Billy Baxter during the $1,100 NL Million Guaranteed Event.
The seven-time WSOP bracelet winner and Poker Hall of Famer is not well known amongst casual players but he is one of the game's all-time legends. Baxter added to his legend by navigating his way through a field of 1,840 to make the final table.
Baxter played tough at the final table and found himself third in chips with four players left. The final four players each had at least 38 big blinds each and decided to negotiate a chop.
A deal was worked out and Baxter officially took 3rd place for $173,580. Despite being 2nd in chips when negotiations began, Jesse Vilchez was declared the winner and earned his own Remington trophy and $185,010. Chip leader Adi Prasetyo received $186,770.
Baxter's $173k score is his largest since 2010 when he finished 5th in the WPT Five Star World Poker Classic. He now has $2.6 million in live tournament earnings.
Colman Beats Seidel Heads-Up for Triton SHR Six-Max Title
The final for the HK$250,000 NL Six-Max at the Triton Super High Roller Series couldn't have been better scripted by a Hollywood writer.
Poker Hall of Famer Erik Seidel and high-stakes superstar Dan Colman faced off heads-up for the title with both looking to move up on the All-Time Money List.
The event drew a solid field of 43 players and the final table featured pros Rainer Kempe, Timofey Kuznetsov, Mustapha Kanit and Mikita Badziakouski. Ultimately, it was Colman and Seidel heads-up for the title and within a mere 30 minutes, the battle was done and Colman the champion.
Heading into the event, Colman was 4th on the All-Time Money List behind Antonio Esfandiari. His victory earned him $473,408 US and moved him up to $27.62 million in lifetime earnings. This allowed him to leapfrog Esfandiari for third place.
Seidel earned $302,380 US and now has $31.39 million in earnings. He is less than $1.5 million behind Daniel Negreanu for the top spot.