Hellmuth at the 2008 World Series of Poker
|Nickname(s)||The Poker Brat|
|Residence||Palo Alto, California|
July 16, 1964 |
|World Series of Poker|
Main Event finish
|World Poker Tour|
|Information accurate as of 24 January 2014.|
Phillip Jerome Hellmuth, Jr. (born July 16, 1964) is an American professional poker player who has captured thirteen World Series of Poker bracelets. He is the winner of the Main Event of the 1989 World Series of Poker (WSOP) and the Main Event of the 2012 World Series of Poker Europe (WSOPE), and he is a member of the WSOP's Poker Hall of Fame. Hellmuth is also known for his temperamental "poker brat" personality.
Hellmuth was born in Madison, Wisconsin, and attended the University of Wisconsin–Madison for three years before dropping out to play poker full-time. Since 1992, he has lived in Palo Alto, California with his wife Katherine Sanborn (a psychiatrist at Stanford University) and their two sons Philip III and Nicholas.
As of January 26, 2014, his total live tournament winnings is $17,978,409. He is ranked fifth on the all-time money list, behind Antonio Esfandiari and Sam Trickett. Hellmuth is known for taking his seat at poker tournaments hours after they begin.
World Series of Poker
In 1989, the 24-year-old Hellmuth became the youngest player to win the Main Event of the WSOP by defeating the two-time defending champion Johnny Chan in heads up play; his record has since been broken twice, by Peter Eastgate in 2008 and Joe Cada in 2009. Hellmuth holds the records for most WSOP cashes (99) and most WSOP final tables (49), overtaking T. J. Cloutier.
As of June 2013, Hellmuth has won over $12,000,000 at the WSOP and ranks second on the WSOP All Time Money List, behind Antonio Esfandiari. Hellmuth also is tied for fourth all time in number of times cashed in the WSOP Main Event. He has seven Main Event cashes (1988, 1989, 1997, 2001, 2003, 2008, 2009), placing him behind Berry Johnston (10), Humberto Brenes (9) and Doyle Brunson and Bobby Baldwin (8).
Twelve of Hellmuth's thirteen bracelets have been in Texas hold'em, though he has had some success in non-hold'em events. As of the 2011 World Series, 20 of his 47 final tables are for a variety of games, including 2-7 Lowball, Seven Card Stud Hi-Lo, Seven Card Razz, and Omaha hold'em (Pot Limit, Limit, and Hi-Lo); as well as mixed gamed like H.O.R.S.E and the Poker Players Championship. Of those 20 events, Hellmuth has finished runner-up five times.
|1989||$10,000 No Limit Hold'em World Championship||$755,000|
|1992||$5,000 Limit Hold'em||$168,000|
|1993||$1,500 No Limit Hold'em||$161,400|
|1993||$2,500 No Limit Hold'em||$173,000|
|1993||$5,000 Limit Hold'em||$138,000|
|1997||$3,000 Pot Limit Hold'em||$204,000|
|2001||$2,000 No Limit Hold'em||$316,550|
|2003||$2,500 Limit Hold'em||$171,400|
|2003||$3,000 No Limit Hold'em||$410,860|
|2006||$1,000 No Limit Hold'em with rebuys||$631,863|
|2007||$1,500 No Limit Hold'em||$637,254|
|2012||$2,500 Seven-Card Razz||$182,793|
|2012E||€10,450 No Limit Hold'em Main Event||€1,022,376|
At the 2006 World Series of Poker, Hellmuth captured his 10th World Series of Poker bracelet in the $1,000 No Limit Hold'em with rebuys event. At the time, it tied him with Doyle Brunson and Johnny Chan for most bracelets. At the 2007 World Series of Poker, Hellmuth won his record-breaking 11th bracelet in the $1,500 No Limit Hold'em Event.
At the 2008 WSOP Main Event Hellmuth verbally abuse another player and received a one-round penalty. After a private meeting with WSOP Commissioner Jeffrey Pollack the penalty was overruled and Hellmuth finished the tournament in 45th place.
In the 2011 World Series of Poker, Phil finished second in three tournaments, in the 2-7 Draw Lowball Championship, the Seven Card Stud Hi-Low Split-8 or Better Championship, and The Poker Player's Championship eight-game mix.
On June 11, 2012, Hellmuth won his 12th World Series of Poker bracelet in the $2,500 Seven-Card Razz event, defeating Don Zewin and earning $182,793. Zewin had finished third to Chan and Hellmuth when Hellmuth won his first bracelet in 1989. This is the first bracelet Hellmuth has won in a non-hold'em event, and made him the first player to win at least one bracelet in each of the last four decades. Hellmuth also collected $2,645,333 for his fourth place finish in the $1,000,000 buy-in "Big One for One Drop" tournament, by far the largest single cash of his career.
On October 4, 2012, Hellmuth won his 13th World Series of Poker bracelet in the €10,450 WSOPE No Limit Hold'em Main Event, earning €1,022,376 ($1,333,841) and becoming the first player to ever win both the WSOP and WSOPE Main Events.
World Poker Tour
Hellmuth has cashed 13 times and made four final tables in WPT events. He finished fourth in the $3,000 No Limit Hold'em WPT Event at the 3rd Annual 49'er Gold Rush Bonanza in 2002 and 3rd in the $10,000 No Limit Hold'em WPT Event at the World Poker Finals at Foxwoods in 2003 and at the 2008 WPT L.A. Poker Classic Hellmuth finished in sixth place earning $229,480 in a final table that included both Phil Ivey and Nam Le. He also played in two WPT Invitational Events, the World Poker Tour by The Book in 2004 and the WPT Bad Boys of Poker II in 2006 and finished third both times. In March 2010 Hellmuth made the final table in the $10,000 Shooting Star Event at the Bay 101 Casino second in chips only to bust out in sixth place when his QQ was cracked by AJ on the river. He earned $117,000 for his efforts. In April he was the TV bubble boy finishing seventh at the $25,000 WPT World Championship. The finish gave Hellmuth over $152,000 for the tournament and made him the 122nd player to win a million dollars in WPT events. As of May 2010, Hellmuth had won $1,106,345 in WPT tournaments.
Other notable tournaments
Hellmuth makes regular appearances on episodes of Poker After Dark, both as a player and as a drop-in commentator. Hellmuth won his first Poker After Dark tournament in the first episode of the third season, winning a net $100,000. Hellmuth returned two weeks later and claimed his second Poker After Dark title, winning another $100,000. Hellmuth is the season 3 champion of Late Night Poker.
In 2000 he won the Poker EM 7-Card Stud Main Event in Austria, billed the largest 7-Card Stud tournament in the world. Phil defeated 437 other players to win $106,250. In 2005, Hellmuth won the first National Heads-Up Poker Championship. He defeated Men Nguyen, Paul Phillips, Huck Seed, Lyle Berman and Antonio Esfandiari on the way to the final against Chris Ferguson whom he defeated in two out of three games. While trying to repeat in 2006, he lost in the first round to Chip Reese. In 2007, Hellmuth did not play due to the PartyPoker.com Premier League Poker, a British tournament in which he took part. He won four out of his six group matches and eventually finished third in the finals. Hellmuth took part in the 2008 National Heads-Up Poker Championship, losing in the first round to Tom Dwan. In 2013, Hellmuth finished in second place, losing to Mike Matusow in the final and earning $300,000.
Hellmuth has made several instructional poker videos, including his Ultimate White To Black Belt Course and Phil Hellmuth's Million Dollar Poker System. He has written for Cardplayer magazine and authored several poker books including Play Poker like the Pros, Bad Beats and Lucky Draws, The Greatest Poker Hands ever Played, and Poker Brat." Hellmuth published the book Deal Me In: 20 Of The World's Top Poker Players Share The Heartbreaking and Inspiring Stories of How They Turned Pro. In May 2004 Hellmuth partnered with Oasys Mobile to create a mobile app called Texas Hold'em by Phil Hellmuth. In spring 2006, Hellmuth replaced Phil Gordon as commentator on Bravo's Celebrity Poker Showdown. Hellmuth is a poker coach on Fox Sports Network’s Best Damn Poker Show. Hellmuth launched an online, poker gear, retail store.
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