Brandon Cantu (two WSOP bracelets) and Brendan Taylor (one WSOP bracelet) are atop our chip counts entering Day 3 of Event 18: $2,500 Seven Card Razz, but everyone's eyes are on Phil Hellmuth, who's lurking right behind them.
Two days ago, Hellmuth finished 15th in Event 15: $5,000 Seven Card Stud Hi-Low Split 8-or-Better, and rather than go back to the Aria to drink the finest whisky, he hopped into Event 18 along with 309 other hopefuls. Now, only 17 players separate Hellmuth from his record-breaking twelfth bracelet.
Keep in mind, he's never won a non-hold'em event at the WSOP.
Neither of Cantu's two bracelets came in stud variants either, but the way he's running, anything is possible. Going into Level 17 on Day 2, Cantu had 4,000 chips. At the time, that was one small bet or four antes. An hour and a half later, he had well over 100,000, and two hours later, when the day concluded, he was the chip leader. Let's see of Cantu can keep the run going on Day 3.
Cantu, Hellmuth, and Taylor aren't the only bracelet winners left in the field however. Chris Viox (1), Michael Chow (1), Team PokerStars Pro Barry Greenstein (3), Scott Fischman (2), and Scott Clements (2) all have at least one bracelet.
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