LAS VEGAS -- Phil Hellmuth wants his table to know that he's been there before. He wants them to know that he's not going to give up. He wants them to know that one time they're going to raise him and he's going to pounce on the opportunity. To piggyback off of Gary Wise's comments from his articles this past week, it's just Phil being Phil.
The "Poker Brat" persona hasn't made many appearances recently. Hellmuth's calm demeanor prevailed throughout most of the Series and especially in the $1 million buy-in that was broadcast on ESPN -- a prime venue for him to go off on a memorable rant. Well, tonight, the Brat is back. For a good hour after the dinner break, Hellmuth offered his table a number of life and poker lessons.
One of his tablemates is Jordan Young, who has been entertaining his Twitter followers with Phil quotes from the day. Young simply said, "It's just a non-stop beakfest with him."
Hellmuth slowly began to get away from his frustration. His chip stack never really increased, but his body language at the table changed. He smiled and was telling jokes about drinking expensive whiskey with Phil Ivey. He was calmer and although he finished the level with only 10,000 in chips, he left on break with a shrug and his head held high.
David Randall retained the chip lead throughout Level 4 and enters the final level of the night with the top stack of 138,000 in chips. Other leaders include Patrick Coughlin, Alain Roy, Faraz Jaka and Fabio Luongo, Roberto's brother. Roberto, the Vancouver Canucks goalie, still is well above average with 61,000 in chips entering Level 5.
Greg Mueller, John Monnette, Allen Bari, Lee Markholt and Kathy Liebert were among the Level 4 eliminations. There are only two more hours to go on Day 1A and with the players back in their seats, the blinds are 200/400 with a 50 ante. Players that make it through the final level will return for their Day 2 on Tuesday.
Small blinds: Nick Schulman won the $10,000 buy-in 2-7 no-limit lowball world championship, giving him a second bracelet in the event. ... The final table in the National Championship is set and features Yung Hwang, Huy Nguyen, David Baker, Amanda Musumeci, Sam Stein, Ryan Enriquezzo, Nikolas Stone and Justin Gardenhire. The National Championship table will play out on Tuesday. ... Berry Johnston is also playing the main event today. That makes a total of three world champions still in action: Pius Heinz, Hellmuth and Johnston. ... Tables in the Tan section are being broken at this point in the night. ... Alessio Isaia is sitting two seats to the left of Pius Heinz. Isaia has an incredible record on the European felt and seems to be taking advantage of the 2011 champ in their few confrontations. ... The rail surrounding Hellmuth is bigger than anyone else in the entire Amazon Room. ... Kevin Pollack was at over 60,000 in chips during Level 4 and told me he was one of the happiest people in the room.