Phil Hellmuth

Phil Hellmuth


Born July 16, 1964 in Madison, Wisconsin

Every game has its bad boys and Phil Hellmuth is the "Poker Brat" for his tantrums and antics on the table and off the table. But this does not detract from the fact that he has won a record number of eleven World Series of Poker Titles and is regarded as an exceptionally gifted player. He has joined other legends like Johnny Chan and Doyle Brunson as the players with the most number of bracelets (ten) of the World Series of Poker. He then went on to better it in 2007 and what made this special was that unlike them, he won the bracelet in a No Limit Poker rather than the Texas Hold ‘Em poker that the other players were famous for.

A firm believer in self belief and the ability to achieve whatever he could, Hellmuth took on these traits right from childhood and this shows in the way he approaches the game. He started playing Poker from an early age and showed great promise. He dropped out of college to play poker full time and was successful in the World Series of Poker in 1989. He never looked back after that and accumulated another 10 World Series of Poker titles after that.

He has career winnings of more than $ 8 Million and his tournament wins alone come to around $4 Million. This had made his family accept him as a poker player. However, his tantrums have not gone down well with the audience and other players and many have compared him with John McEnroe for his behaviour.

Hellmuth is a highly regarded professional poker player who many think that apart for his tantrums would be ranked along side the greatest of all time. Though he is not regarded highly in the cash segment of the games, he is nonetheless a player who has everything going for him in the other forms of Poker. He has famously said that "Except for Luck, he would beat anybody" that is testament to the self image that he has and the view of the other opponents.

So, while it is anybody's guess on how his career would progress, he has nonetheless become a favourite of poker television producers. He has also starred in several poker videos and training material. Apart from this, he has also endorsed several products and has a line of clothing named after him. He is planning other brands as well and his sponsors are Ultimate Bet. They have provided occasional relief for the spectators as when they hired a limo along with models to escort him to the casino.

In the final analysis, in the public perception, Hellmuth would be regarded as the brat but in the minds of players and other followers of the game, he would surely rank as one of the all time greats. Thus, one can hope to see more action and fireworks from Hellmuth in the years to come and more successes for this exceptionally gifted player.

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