What needs to be said about Phil Hellmuth that he wouldn't already tell you himself? Hellmuth famously defeated Johnny Chan heads up in the 1989 World Series of Poker Main Event, both denying Chan his third straight WSOP Main Event victory and solidifying himself as the youngest Main Event winner in history, a title that he held until Peter Eastgate clinched a win nineteen years later. Hellmuth has amassed an incredible $16,159,430 in lifetime tournament winnings and holds a record 12 World Series of Poker bracelets.
If Hellmuth can defeat his seven opponents today, he will be able to earn his 13th WSOP bracelet and put himself in an almost perfect position to earn 2012 World Series of Poker Player of the Year. A win today will ensure his victory as long as Greg Merson does not win the final table of the Main Event later in the month. Hellmuth is in a great position to attain victory today, as he is sporting the biggest stack in the room with 3.434 million.