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Unfortunately for Hellmuth, he has one tough path to navigate as it is filled with some of the best in the game.
Here are some interesting notes and trends that we've seen so far at the 2011 WSOP:
• All 14 bracelet winners this year had never won a WSOP bracelet or even played heads-up for one.
• Seven of the 14 bracelet winners this year earned their first WSOP cash in the event.
• Only Eugene Katchalov didn't surpass his previous WSOP earnings with his win. He had $963,275 in previous earnings, and took home $122,909 for his win.
• Eight of nine players remaining in the 2-7 Lowball event have a bracelet, and five of the nine have more than $1 million in previous WSOP earnings.
• The 14 bracelet winners this year combine for 48 previous WSOP cashes. Two players remaining in Event 16 have more: Phil Hellmuth has 79 and John Juanda 55.
• The 14 bracelet winners had a combined $1,426,706 in earnings. The 2-7 remaining nine have a combined $22,093,650..
It's a tale of two stories when you compare the first 14 winners to the final nine in Event 16.
Action resumes at 6 p.m. ET. First place in this event will be awarded $367,170.