WASSUP '08: Hellmuth Held Off
July 2, 2021
Phil Hellmuth started Day 3 of Event #51, the $1,500 H.O.R.S.E, as the chip leader, the most experienced player left in the final 20, and the presumptive winner of the event. In the end it was amateur James Schaaf who would take the title, the bracelet, and the $256,412 first prize. This win was not only Schaaf's first World Series Of Poker bracelet, but also his first cash and indeed his first visit to the Series.

Hellmuth came up just short of winning his first non-hold'em bracelet despite an impressive final table showing, busting in third for $93,168. Second place in the event would go to Tommy Hang, who held the chip lead when heads-up play began but was also unable to close the deal. Hang eventually bowed during the Stud-8 portion, when his trip sevens and no low was beaten by Schaaf's trip eights. With that hand, Hang earned a second place prize worth $158,933.

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