Commentary

Bracelet goes to Jelinek, not Hellmuth

Updated: June 28, 2010, 5:38 PM ET
By Andrew Feldman | ESPN.com

The poker world was on "Hellmuth watch" once again in Event 41, the $1,500 pot limit Omaha high-low split event. Entering the final day of play with 15 players remaining, Hellmuth sat in fourth place and looked to be in perfect position for a run at No. 12. Some early struggles on Thursday left Hellmuth with a short stack, and despite battling back to hold an above-average stack at the final table dinner break, he would fall short and Steve Jelinek would win his first WSOP title.

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WSOPPhotos.comSteve Jelinek is the fifth British pro to win a bracelet at the 2010 WSOP.

Jelinek, a professional poker player from Birmingham, England, became the fifth British champion at the 2010 WSOP. That fifth title sets a record, as no other non-host nation has won that amount of bracelets within a single year at the WSOP. The 39-year-old was an IT manager before turning to poker, but since his debut on the circuit in 2003, he has earned $1.3 million. In 2009, he finished sixth in this event and returned in 2010 to defeat the field of 847 and earn $245,871.

"It's not quite sunk it yet," said Jelinek after his win. "But you would not know how much this means to me because I've been a professional for two-and-a-half years and a serious player for seven. I've been down on my luck, maybe through poor play, maybe through a bit of mismanagement, or picking the wrong games. My bankroll was down a bit. I decided to come to the WSOP this year and try and get a gold bracelet to try and continue my poker career, and that's what it means to me.

"Not only to win the biggest prize in poker, in the best setting, in the best tournaments, against the best players, but to be able to continue my poker career as a winner."

Jelinek also credited his win to those that surround and support him. "There are so many great players who have not won a gold bracelet, including some of my friends who have helped me," he said. "To win this gold bracelet is a great honor."

The final table lasted a little over nine hours and included some familiar faces to those who watch the ESPN World Series of Poker broadcasts. Besides the aforementioned Hellmuth, Ben Lamb, who finished 14th in the 2009 main event and was surrounded by a group of supporters during the final table, finished in fifth and earned $53,319. John Gottlieb, making his first WSOP cash, fell short to Jelinek after a nearly three-hour back-and-forth heads-up battle.

Here's a look at the highlights from the final table:

Other notable finishers from Event 41 include Barry Greenstein (12th), Tony Cousineau (14th) and Kevin MacPhee (32nd)

Below are the complete results of Event 41 at the 2010 World Series of Poker:

Event 41: pot-limit Omaha high-low split eight-or-better
Buy-in: $1,500
Entries: 847
Prize pool: $1,143,450
Players in the money: 81

1. Steve Jelinek ($245,871)
2. John Gottlieb ($151,884)
3. Anders Taylor ($97,913)
4. Michael Chappus ($71,728)
5. Ben Lamb ($53,319)
6. Mandy Thomas ($40,169)
7. Phil Hellmuth ($30,633)
8. Ryan Karp ($23,635)
9. Joel Ettedgi ($18,432)
10. Jeffrey Baker ($14,544)
11. Darren Sprengers ($14,544)
12. Barry Greenstein ($14,544)
13. Bryan Andrews ($11,731)
14. Tony Cousineau ($11,731)
15. Igor Gotz ($11,731)
16. Alexander Dovzhenko ($9,433)
17. Cody Culp ($9,433)
18. Stephen Tanner ($9,433)
19. Colin Young ($7,718)
20. Ronnie Hofman ($7,718)
21. Michael Jacobs ($7,718)
22. Richard Austin ($7,718)
23. John Guth ($7,718)
24. Aaron Sias ($7,718)
25. Jerome Fish ($7,718)
26. Benjamin Grundy ($7,718)
27. Alan Cutler ($7,718)
28. Peter Levine ($6,346)
29. Karen Longfellow ($6,346)
30. Stephen Willis ($6,346)
31. (did not report) ($6,346)
32. Kevin MacPhee ($6,346)
33. Donald Vann ($6,346)
34. Spencer Lawrence ($6,346)
35. Kendrick Roberts ($6,346)
36. Nathaniel Wiesner ($6,346)
37. Scott Buller ($5,305)
38. Marcelo Costa ($5,305)
39. Barry Werthmann ($5,305)
40. Michael Sopko ($5,305)
41. Joseph Dunne ($5,305)
42. Kenneth Coppens ($5,305)
43. Sam Mudaro ($5,305)
44. Michael Colecchia ($5,305)
45. Michael Six ($5,305)
46. Leno Cano ($4,448)
47. Kia Hooshmand ($4,448)
48. Skip Richardson ($4,448)
49. Mike Matusow ($4,448)
50. David Danheiser ($4,448)
51. Cliff Kettinger ($4,448)
52. Daniel Kim ($4,448)
53. Matthew Wolfson ($4,448)
54. Stephan Gerin ($4,448)
55. Thomas Wirth ($3,761)
56. Flaminio Malaguti ($3,761)
57. Jonathan Depa ($3,761)
58. Tyler Nelson ($3,761)
59. Alex Ferrari ($3,761)
60. Ryan Yamasaki ($3,761)
61. Moon Kim ($3,761)
62. Naji Hajjar ($3,761)
63. James Bord ($3,761)
64. Jamal Sawaqdeh ($3,213)
65. Steve Schulman ($3,213)
66. Nathaniel Smith ($3,213)
67. Barry Rosenbloom ($3,213)
68. Peter Knutson ($3,213)
69. Erik Johnson ($3,213)
70. Scott Epstein ($3,213)
71. Adrienne Rowsome ($3,213)
72. Domenic Martucci ($3,213)
73. Nathan Hagens ($2,847)
74. Cesar Garrido ($2,847)
75. Chris Ferguson ($2,847)
76. Anthony Frederick ($2,847)
77. Mitch Schock ($2,847)
78. Jordan Stone ($2,847)
79. Ross Ruby ($2,847)
80. Quentin Krueger ($2,847)
81. Paul Johnson ($2,847)

Andrew Feldman is ESPN.com's Poker Editor. He is the host of the Poker Edge Podcast and co-host of ESPN Inside Deal. Andrew has covered the poker industry for ESPN since 2004.

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