Phil Hellmuth is, naturally, the centre of attention at his table now he has joined the tournament and there has been some good natured ribbing and some attempted last longer bets, but Hellmuth is largely ignoring his tormentors and keeping his own counsel.
In an early hand after the break Hellmuth in the big blind called a raise to 700 from the small blind and the two players saw a flop of . A bet of 700 from the small blind saw Hellmuth show the and fold saying he had to let his opponent bluff him whereupon he was shown the . “I tried to trap you.” Hellmuth continued in a familiar refrain, “They love to give me their money.”
On the next hand there was a raise to 700 from the under-the-gun player and a call from middle position. Hellmuth in the small blind asked for the chatter to die down a bit while he thought about what to do and the table fell respectfully quiet. Hellmuth made the call and the big blind threw in the extra.
The flop was and all four players checked. The turn card was the and when Hellmuth and the big blind checked the original raiser made it 1,325. The middle position caller immediately went all in and Hellmuth followed suit jamming his stack down on the felt to go all in too. The other players folded and while the all in player showed Hellmuth had flopped a set with this . The river was the and Hellmuth had got just the start he wanted.