Top Poker Player Spotlight Phil Hellmuth

Top Poker Player Spotlight Phil Hellmuth
Jun 9, 2017 NEWS

Philip Jerome Hellmuth is an American born professional poker player, known for his temperamental “poker brat” personality. He was won 14 WSOP bracelets and was inducted into the Poker Hall of Fame in the year 2007. Here's a look at how he has achieved industry acclaim as a poker player:

Poker Career

His total live tournament earnings exceed $20,900,000, as of 2016.Ranked 7th on the all-time list, Hellmuth is recognized for generally taking his seat very late in poker tournaments. In the year 1989, he became the youngest player to defeat two times champion Johnny Chan to win the Main Event of the WSOP. Later in 2008, his record was broken by Peter Eastgate. He has the record for most WSOP final tables and cashes. He has a total of 8 Main Event cashes and 12 of his 14 bracelets have come in Texas Hold ‘Em.

The first ever WSOP by Hellmuth was in 7 Card Stud Hi-Lo in 1988, after which he dint look behind.  In 1993, he became the 2nd player in the history of WSOP to have won triple bracelets in one series. All the three victories came in consecutive days. By the end of 20th Century, he had the most bracelets won by any player in the 1990s. The largest single tournament cash of his career came in the “Big One for One Drop” tournament, where he collected $2,645,333 for a 4th place finish. In 2012, he won his thirteenth WSOP bracelet and became the only player ever to have won both the main events. His recent bracelet came in 2015, when he won the 7-Card Razz event.

World Poker Tour

On the World Poker tour, Hellmuth has cashed a total of thirteen times and made 4 final tables. He grabbed 4th position in the $3000 No Limit Hold’em WPT Event and 3rd place in the No Limit Hold’em WPT event ($10,000) at the Finals in 2003. He also participated in two invitational events and finished 3rd on both occasions. He has won over a million dollars in WPT events, which made him one of the elite players to do so.

Other Tournaments

He makes frequent appearances on ‘Poker After Dark’ episodes, both as commentator and as a player. He won the 1st tournament in the inaugural episode of the 3rd season and grabbed his 2nd title a couple of weeks later, winning $120,000 on both the occasions. In 2000, he won the largest Seven-Card Stud tournament in the world, defeating over 400 players. In the year 2005, he took part and won the National Heads-Up Poker Championship, defeating Chris Ferguson in the finals. In 2007, he took part in a British tournament and won 4 out of 6 group matches, finishing third on the list.

Many poker tutorial videos have been released by him, including Million Dollar Poker System and Ultimate White To Black Belt Course. He has also penned down many poker books like Poker Brat, The Greatest Poker Hands ever played, and Play Poker like the Pros. In 2009, his own publishing company published the Book ‘Deal Me In’ where some of the top players share their stories of how struggling players became pros.