Thursday, October 21, 2021 3:10 AM Local Time
Adam Friedman Defeats Phil Hellmuth to Win WSOP $10k Dealer's Choice for Third Straight Year ($248,350)
Phil Hellmuth sought to extend his bracelet record to 17 on Wednesday in 2021 World Series of Poker (WSOP) Event #36: $10,000 Dealer's Choice Championship, but he was denied during heads-up play by Adam Friedman, who pulled off an incredible comeback along with one of the most impressive feats in WSOP history.
Friedman took home $248,350 for the accomplishment, his fourth gold WSOP bracelet and the third consecutive time he's won this very same tournament. No player in history had ever gone back-to-back-to-back in the same WSOP event. This accomplishment is right up there with Michael Mizrachi winning the $50,000 Poker Players Championship, arguably the most prestigious non-Main Event tournament in poker, three times in his career.
"It's really amazing. I didn't expect this," Friedman said after the win. "I just wanted to have a shot to be able to do something that no one else has done in the 53-year history of the World Series and to do it in this event is pretty fantastic. Once people play the dealer's choice, they always keep coming back."
He continued: "This $10k is so much different from every other $10k event because if you look at every other tournament, there's been a less percentage drop off compared to every other event. People that play in this tournament – they want to play in it again and again because it's so addicting. There are so many games you don't get to play in other events … so many thought processes and strategies. It's such a unique tournament."
The 2021 version of the $10k Dealer's Choice had 93 entrants, 14 of whom cashed. Friedman beat out a field of 122 entries in 2019 and 111 runners in 2018.
2021 WSOP Event #36: $10,000 Dealer's Choice Championship Final Table Results
|1||Adam Friedman||United States||$248,350|
|2||Phil Hellmuth||United States||$153,493|
|3||Jake Schwartz||United States||$107,861|
|4||Carol Fuchs||United States||$77,437|
|5||Mike Matusow||United States||$56,826|
|6||Andrew Kelsall||United States||$42,646|
|7||Matt Glantz||United States||$32,746|
|8||Mike Gorodinsky||United States||$25,741|
Friedman now has four gold bracelets and over $2 million in WSOP cashes. This one certainly didn't come easy as he had to grind until the wee hours of the morning against a tough heads-up foe to capture the victory. Hellmuth, who won Event #31: $1,500 No-Liit 2-7 Lowball Draw on Sunday, had better than a 2-1 chip advantage at one point during heads-up play.
Cheered on by a large crowd of supporters there hoping to witness poker history, Hellmuth was unable to seal the deal this time. That doesn't take away from the fact that he's been the most outstanding performer during the first half of the 2021 WSOP. The 1989 World Champion now has five final table appearances this month, including one title, and has leapfrogged Anthony Zinno atop the WSOP Player of the Year standings.
Final Table Action
The final day played down at an anticipated pace, with the first elimination not occurring until the second level of play when Joao Vieira was scooped in a Badacey hand and finished in 10th place ($20,726). Next, the legendary Negreanu exited in ninth place ($25,741) after his last few chips were won by Matt Glantz in a game of limit hold 'em. Not long after, Mike Gorodinsky moved the last of his chips in the middle against Schwartz in a hand of pot-limit Omaha eight or better and was eliminated in eighth place ($25,741).
At this time the tournament combined to one "unofficial" final table of seven and play would continue until they were down to one.
Next to exit the tournament area was Glantz, who got the last of his chips in the middle in a three-way pot of Badacey, and he was out in seventh place ($32,746). Andrew "AJ" Kelsall played his final hand in Razz against Matusow and was eliminated in sixth place ($42,646). Meanwhile, Matusow played his final hand in Badugi against Hellmuth, his long-time pal, and the former was out in fifth place ($58,826). The last female standing, Carol Fuchs, was eliminated in fourth place ($77,437) via a hand of 2-7 pot-limit Triple Draw versus Friedman.
Hellmuth then busted Schwartz in third place for $107,861, the same man he defeated heads up to win bracelet No. 16. That set up quite the intriguing heads-up match. Hellmuth had a sizeable lead against Friedman, but he couldn't hold onto that chip advantage. After much back-and-forth jockeying, Friedman ultimately prevailed to defend his 2018 title for the second WSOP in a row!
"Obviously I ran good in a lot of spots," Friedman said. "I pride myself on not having any games that I play terribly at. I think I'm a pretty well-rounded player. I keep working. I think about the game a lot and all I try to do is put myself in favorable positions. You have to be willing to play any of the 20 games at all times. You can't be fearful of one of them."
As for defeating the most-decorated player in WSOP history, Friedman offered the following on Hellmuth: "I knew what games I wanted to play against Phil if I ever got heads up with him. The truth is I simply out-carded him. I made a lot of hands and picked off some bluffs at the right spot."
Friedman will now turn his attention to the $50K Poker Players Championship (PPC) where he'll look to continue his mixed game success!
Adam Friedman's World Series of Poker (WSOP) Bracelets
|2012||$5k Seven Card Stud Hi-Lo||212||1st||$269,037|
|2018||$10k Dealer's Choice||111||1st||$293,275|
|2019||$10k Dealer's Choice||122||1st||$312,417|
|2021||$10k Dealer's Choice||93||1st||$248,350|
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Thursday, October 21, 2021 2:59 AM Local Time
Adam Friedman Wins Third Straight $10k Dealer's Choice Championship
Adam Friedman has won a third straight $10k Dealer's Choice Championship and with it — his fourth WSOP gold bracelet and the $248,350 first-place prize.
Stay tuned for a recap of the event.
Thursday, October 21, 2021 2:23 AM Local Time
Phil Hellmuth Eliminated in 2nd Place ($153,493)
In what would be the last hand of the tournament, Phil Hellmuth raised on the button and was three-bet by Adam Friedman. Hellmuth went all in and Friedman called.
Both players stayed pat on all three draws and Friedman authoritatively tabled for a nine-dugi.
Hellmuth nodded his head in acknowledgment and mucked — ending the tournament and awarding Friedman his third straight $10k Dealer's Choice championship!
Stay tuned for a recap of the event.
|Adam Friedman||5,600,000||350,000 |
|Phil Hellmuth||0||-350,000 |
Thursday, October 21, 2021 2:16 AM Local Time
Friedman Makes the Correct Call; Extends Lead
2-7 No-Limit Single Draw
Adam Friedman faced another pot-sized bet after the final draw versus Phil Hellmuth. After plenty of thought, he opted to call and tabled for a jack-nine low and was pushed the pot after Hellmuth mucked.
With that hand, Friedman has taken a commanding chip lead.
|Adam Friedman||5,250,000||1,550,000 |
|Phil Hellmuth||350,000||-1,550,000 |0
Thursday, October 21, 2021 2:08 AM Local Time
Queens-up Keeps Hellmuth in Contention
Phil Hellmuth: / /
Adam Friedman: / /
Hellmuth completed and made bets on fourth and fifth, which Friedman called. Friedman took the betting lead on sixth and Hellmuth called.
Friedman called a bet from Hellmuth on seventh and Hellmuth announced, "Queens up," and tabled . Friedman couldn't beat it and mucked.
|Adam Friedman||3,700,000||-800,000 |
|Phil Hellmuth||1,900,000||800,000 |
Thursday, October 21, 2021 2:03 AM Local Time
Hellmuth on The Ropes
2-7 No-Limit Single Draw
Adam Friedman raised to 100,000 on the button and Phil Hellmuth called.
Both players drew two and Hellmuth led out for 170,000.
"I'll take this one, you take the next one," Hellmuth quipped.
Friedman responded by raising to 575,000.
Hellmuth slid in a call and Friedman revealed . Hellmuth mucked and is now at a significant chip disadvantage.
|Adam Friedman||4,500,000||850,000 |
|Phil Hellmuth||1,100,000||-850,000 |
Thursday, October 21, 2021 1:58 AM Local Time
Friedman Hero Calls to Extend Lead
2-7 No-Limit Single Draw
Phil Hellmuth fired a pot-sized bet into Adam Friedman after the final draw, and that sent Friedman deep into the tank. After a few, he opted to call.
"You got it; I paired", muttered Phil, and Friedman was shipped the pot after he tabled for an ace-jack low.
|Adam Friedman||3,650,000||150,000 |
|Phil Hellmuth||1,950,000||-150,000 |
Thursday, October 21, 2021 1:44 AM Local Time
Level 24 started
Thursday, October 21, 2021 1:35 AM Local Time
Players on Break
Adam Friedman and Phil Hellmuth have agreed to take a 10-minute break.
|Adam Friedman||3,500,000||400,000 |
|Phil Hellmuth||2,100,000||-400,000 |0
Thursday, October 21, 2021 1:26 AM Local Time
Hellmuth Lays it Down
Adam Friedman raised on the button and Phil Hellmuth called.
Hellmuth drew three and Friedman drew two. Hellmuth then check-called a bet from Friedman.
Hellmuth took two off on the second draw and Friedman drew one.
This time, Hellmuth folded after checking and facing another barrel from Friedman.
|Adam Friedman||3,100,000||200,000 |
|Phil Hellmuth||2,500,000||-200,000 |
Thursday, October 21, 2021 1:24 AM Local Time
Hellmuth has won a couple of pots that have pulled him to nearly even with Friedman.
|Adam Friedman||2,900,000||-600,000 |
|Phil Hellmuth||2,700,000||600,000 |
Thursday, October 21, 2021 1:07 AM Local Time
Friedman Extends Chip Lead
No Limit Hold'em
The action was picked up on a board of and Phil Hellmuth fired out a bet of 100,000 into Adam Friedman and was called.
The river card was the and Hellmuth checked, which prompted Friedman to bet 126,000. That sent Hellmuth into the tank briefly, but he opted to fold and Friedman was awarded the pot.
With this hand Friedman has taken over the chip lead with 3,500,000 chips.
|Adam Friedman||3,500,000||400,000 |
|Phil Hellmuth||2,100,000||-400,000 |
Thursday, October 21, 2021 12:57 AM Local Time
Friedman Takes The Lead
Phil Hellmuth raised to 100,000 on the button and Adam Friedman called.
The flop came and Friedman check-called a 175,000 bet from Hellmuth.
Friedman checked again on the turn — prompting a 450,000 bet from Hellmuth. Friedman again called.
Both players checked on the river and Friedman tabled for a pair of aces, which was good as Hellmuth mucked.
|Adam Friedman||3,100,000||750,000 |
|Phil Hellmuth||2,500,000||-750,000 |
Thursday, October 21, 2021 12:47 AM Local Time
Friedman and Hellmuth Go Back and Forth
After a series of small pot wins back and forth, Phil Hellmuth leads Adam Friedman 1.4 to 1 in chips.
|Phil Hellmuth||3,250,000||-150,000 |
|Adam Friedman||2,350,000||150,000 |0
Thursday, October 21, 2021 12:36 AM Local Time
Friedman Gets Some Back
Adam Friedman raised to 75,000 on the button and Phil Hellmuth called.
Both players checked on the flop and Hellmuth led out for 140,000 on the turn. Friedman called and Hellmuth checked the river dark.
The completed the board and Friedman checked back.
Hellmuth revealed , which was no good against the of Friedman, who scooped the pot.
|Phil Hellmuth||3,400,000||-800,000 |
|Adam Friedman||2,200,000||800,000 |
Thursday, October 21, 2021 12:17 AM Local Time
Hellmuth Scoops a Big One
The hand was picked up after the third draw and Phil Hellmuth tossed another big bet out and Adam Friedman called.
"The nuts", said Hellmuth.
"Both ways?", asked Friedman.
"Yep", responded Hellmuth as he tabled / and was awarded the pot.
|Phil Hellmuth||4,200,000||400,000 |
|Adam Friedman||1,400,000||-400,000 |
Thursday, October 21, 2021 12:16 AM Local Time
Level 23 started
Thursday, October 21, 2021 12:08 AM Local Time
Hellmuth Extends Lead
Phil Hellmuth raised on the button and Adam Friedman called.
Both players drew two and Friedman bet. Hellmuth called.
Friedman took one on the second draw and Hellmuth drew two. Friedman bet again and Hellmuth called.
Both players took one on the final draw and Friedman check-called a bet from Hellmuth.
Hellmuth revealed / and Friedman mucked — awarding the pot to Hellmuth.
|Phil Hellmuth||3,800,000||300,000 |
|Adam Friedman||1,800,000||-300,000 |
Thursday, October 21, 2021 12:04 AM Local Time
Phil Hellmuth and Adam Friedman are now heads up for the gold bracelet.
|Phil Hellmuth||3,500,000||0 |
|Adam Friedman||2,100,000||-130,000 |0
Wednesday, October 20, 2021 11:55 PM Local Time
Jake Schwartz Eliminated in 3rd Place ($107,861)
Jake Schwartz pushed the last of his chips in the middle against Phil Hellmuth and was called.
After all was said and done, it was the / for a ten-seven low and a ten-seven-four-deuce Badugi that bested the / of Schwartz, and the latter was eliminated in 3rd place and took home $107,861 in cash.
After losing heads-up to Hellmuth in the 2-7 NL Single Draw a few days ago, Schwartz was once again denied by "The Poker Brat" with the bracelet in sight.
|Phil Hellmuth||3,500,000||500,000 |
|Jake Schwartz||0||-300,000 |