We were passing by Phil Hellmuth's table and he was engaged in some friendly conversation with the players at the table.
"Have you ever won a $1,500 or $1,000 event Phil?" a player asked.
"I've won two. One was a $1,000 and I think we had around 2,800 players. The other one was a $1,500 and I think we had around 1,700 players," Hellmuth said.
The statement piqued our curiosity so we ran to do some quick research. Hellmuth actually has three WSOP bracelets from low buy in events - one $1,000 event and two from $1,500 events.
He earned his first $1,000 event bracelet in a 2006 rebuy event that attracted 754 players. His most recent $1,500 bracelet came in 2007 and there were 2,628 entrants. Interestingly, Andy Philachack finished runner-up to Hellmuth and is seated only a few tables away.
His first $1,500 event bracelet came in a 1993 No Limit Hold'em event that had 284 entrants.