CHAN DEFEATS HELLMUTH
Johnny Chan once again proved his quality by outclassing Phil Hellmuth. Poker legends Johnny Chan and Phil Hellmuth were at the table Thursday, playing in the made-for-television World Series of Poker Grudge Match — a series of three heads-up matches revisiting past final table battles at the Main Event, epic matches that helped shape the poker landscape.
Chan couldn’t help seeing the banner during his rematch with Hellmuth, a gigantic sign that lists the 10-time bracelet winner Chan as the 1987 and ’88 Main Event champ. He could have very easily won a third straight year.
But in 1989, a 24-year-old Hellmuth won his first of a record 11 World Series bracelets by beating Chan heads up. In that match, Hellmuth’s pocket 9s held up against Chan’s suited A-7 for the title, making him the youngest Main Event champ at the time.