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Phil Hellmuth - a living legend

Tags: 2011 wsop, bio, gus hansen, history, Phil Hellmuth, the poker players championship.
Posted on Wednesday, July 06, 2011 by "T".

What an incredible performance by Phil Hellmuth at this year's World Series of Poker. He has finished second in two events, cashed in another 3 events, and right now he's in 3th place in the $50,000 Poker Player's Championship with only 9 players left. There is no doubt whatsoever that he will miss out on the final table table (8 players) tomorrow and fight for his 12th gold bracelet. Yes, you heard right: Phil Hellmuth has won not less than 11 WSOP gold bracelets in his poker career!

In 1989, 24-year-old Phil Hellmuth became the youngest person ever to win the World Series of Poker Main Event by defeating two time champion Johnny Chan. No one broke that record for 19 years! In 1993, Hellmuth set another record by winning 3 bracelet in one single year. In total, he has reached 44 WSOP final tables and has 83 money finished. His biggest tournament cash was at 1989 WSOP $10k NLH World Championship in which he finished 1st for $755,000! However, that record can be beaten already tomorrow if he finish 1st ($1,7 million) or 2nd ($1 million) in the Poker Player's Championship. Below you can see all the WSOP events Hellmuth has won through the years. The picture was taken after his classic $10k NLH World Championship win in 1989.

Year, Tournament, Prize (US$)
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

 

World Poker Tour
Apart from Phil Hellmuth's success in the WSOP, he has cashed 13 times and made four final tables in World Poker Tour. He finished 4th in the $3,000 NLH WPT Event at the 3rd Annual 49'er Gold Rush Bonanza in 2002 and 3rd in the $10,000 NLH WPT Event at the World Poker finalist at Foxwoods in 2003. He finished in sixth place at the 2008 WPT L.A. Poker Classic, and finished in 3rd place in two WPT Invitational Events, the World Poker Tour by the book in 2004 and the WPT Bad Boys of Poker II in 2006.

 

 

BIO
Phil Hellmuth grew up in Madison, Wisconsin, USA. He was the oldest of 5 children in a Cataholic family to Phil Hellmuth, Sr., a dean at the Univeristy of Wisconsin, and Lynn Hellmuth, a sculptor. He began playing cards with his family and then learned to play Texas Hold'em at the UW student union. He dropped out of University of Wisconsin after three years, after winning some decent money in local poker games. He traveled to Las Vegas 10 times before he started to win. Many times he returned to Madinson to build a bankroll by working as a field laborer. In 1988, he started playing tournaments with higher buy-ins and ended up winning around $250,000 in only a year's time. However, it was in 1989, when he won the 1989 WSOP $10k NLH World Championship for $755k, that he became a well-known face in the poker world.

As of 2011, his total live tournament winnings exceed $11,950,000 and his ranked fifth on the All Time Money List, behind Erik Seidel, Daniel Negreanu, Phil Ivey, and Jamie Gold. However, we can only speculate in how much he has won/lost online and live in different cash games. One thing is for sure though! Phil Hellmuth is one of the best poker players in history, he's one of the most recognizable faces on television, with frequent appearances not only as a poker player but as a host on ESPN, Bravo, and NBC. For his fantastic poker results and his contributions to poker Phil was inducted into the Poker Hall of Fame back in 2007 - an achievement that very few players has accomplished.

 


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25 comments for "Phil Hellmuth - a living legend"

 Cliffem7/6/2011 3:40:59 PM GMT
Letsss goo Helllmuthh!! Take down number 12!!!! Goo for it!
 MANUEDO7/6/2011 4:13:11 PM GMT
Outstanding player, the first one to play in modern way. I don't like him so much but must admit he's one of the best.
 tOxIcFiSh7/6/2011 4:26:02 PM GMT
No way negrano is much better I would not even say helman is any better than average.
 shokaku7/6/2011 4:30:16 PM GMT
If he wins this $50k tourney, he can't play the Main Event. His ego wouldn't fit in the room. Smile
 T3ddyKGB7/6/2011 4:37:11 PM GMT
Posted by tOxIcFiSh:
I would not even say helman is any better than average.

i dont know much about the iveys and hellmuths cos im not really interested, but even i know that guy has won 11 braclets. he must have been a very lucky average player.
 shoveandtilt7/6/2011 4:37:33 PM GMT
Hahahhaha!! Christ could you imagine that....i wonder what he will dress up as if he does win it.. lol
 dozn017/6/2011 4:49:46 PM GMT
got to give the guy credit, even thou at times hes crys and moans Smile
 mahdrof7/6/2011 5:16:48 PM GMT
Phil Hellmuth's antics used to get under my skin, but now I can't wait for him to be matched up against somebody like Tony G or Tom Dwan. Seeing him explode and rant is rather entertaining! Still, he is a proven winner, and I love seeing the older guys working on their game and start winning again.
 Macubaas7/6/2011 6:15:35 PM GMT
I must admit he is trually a great poker player, maybe a bit too tight sometimes, but overall is a great poker player. Smile

Still, you can dig his ego and scenes he makes at some tables, and for this reason many people contest his poker attitude, but no one said that he lacks on poker skills Blink

It would be cool if he could win this bracelet too considering the buy in requirments, i mean only wsop champions and afterall he has the most bracelets on his arm. Plus he really set a trend when he won his first bracelet, i mean a young guy beat a poker legend like Johnny Chan Smile
 SuperNoob7/6/2011 6:35:31 PM GMT
though he didnt have much success online or in the cash games but hes indeed a wsop legend. and with two second place finishes already i hope he gets his 12th this time.
 fcumred7/6/2011 11:02:20 PM GMT
No way negrano is much better I would not even say helman is any better than average.

OH DO ME A FAVOUR..

Look at Hellmuths record in the WSOP. Notice how every single one of his bracelets has been at HOLDEM.

No matter whether you like him or hate him, the one thing you cannot say is that he's an average player.... He is, without any doubt, the most succesful holdem player ever to grace the poker world. Theres no one comes remotely close to his record at Holdem....
 Flippedchips7/7/2011 1:40:27 AM GMT
lol yes he is a tit but for once i think i would like him to win this, i think your right shokaku playing the main event if he wins this is out the question his ego may just kill him Smile

Come on toxic you may hate him but to call him average is just a bit of a stupid statement, hes in with a good chance to win this and he has came 2nd in 2 events already im sure most great players would love to have done so average this year at the WSOP lmao
 Jibberish7/7/2011 8:15:06 AM GMT
lol go phil man much support from jibberish, hellmuth + negreanu are my 2 favorite players and by far have to be the 2 best players in the world imo, others may disagree but the bracelets say your wrong Smile
 MarcWinz7/7/2011 9:01:31 AM GMT
Go Phil.....................

I don't like him much either. I would like to see him win. If he does, we should all cheer him and say well done. He is sometimes what we all hate about celebrity, but he is a good poker none the less. His results in this years WSOP prove that.

Good luck Phil.

Big Smile Big Smile Big Smile
 $k7/10/2011 11:07:04 AM GMT
It was so sad what happend to him i think he will ft the main event and get 2nd agian maybe its natures way of minamizing his ego alittle bit
 tormulainen7/10/2011 2:09:13 PM GMT
it is really amazing that phil is every year doing so fine at the tables. i would asay that he is already a bigger legend than doyle brunson. he has gave so much for poker community and even he is sometimes an (/%/€ he is this phil hellmuth.
 mjo7/20/2011 8:41:20 PM GMT
"shokaku 7/6/2011 4:30:16 PM GMT
If he wins this $50k tourney, he can't play the Main Event. His ego wouldn't fit in the room. Smile"

barely fits anywhere
if you play 'perfectly' (as he always reminds us)
you should win you share
 starbay7/21/2011 11:38:40 AM GMT
even though you have to hate the guy sometimes when he tells everyone hes the greatest poker player ever,you have to admire him for what hes achievied in the game
 primitivo7/21/2011 12:46:16 PM GMT
Great player, great for the game and very well liked by the other pro's (away from the tables).
A legend!
 sm00th7/21/2011 5:12:53 PM GMT
this guy is clearly overrated.. he could never compete with the top online players out there u played probably more hands in their short young lives than this oldschool fella in his whole career.. nevertheless hes still an icon for tournament poker and the sport itself good advertisment for any poker platform Dollar Dollar
 TheMachineQC7/22/2011 4:36:51 AM GMT
He's good post flop, but he could use more agressivity. He gives a lot of free cards to his opponents! But he must be a good limit hold'em player for sure!
 xxxYUMIxxx7/22/2011 6:09:41 AM GMT
respect the man, his kind of achievments over these years is indeed rare, he FT so many times,bet he has lost count.
 primitivo7/22/2011 12:03:48 PM GMT
Posted by sm00th:
this guy is clearly overrated.. he could never compete with the top online players out there u played probably more hands in their short young lives than this oldschool fella in his whole career.. nevertheless hes still an icon for tournament poker and the sport itself good advertisment for any poker platform Dollar Dollar


A lot of the top online players are at the WSOP, and if he can't compete with them how come he's second in the rankings for the entire event?
 dusicahetzel7/23/2011 12:18:20 PM GMT
For me, Daniel Negranu is better and Phil Ivey is the best!!!
 vip7vip7vip7/25/2011 9:53:32 PM GMT
What an incredible performance by Phil Hellmuth at this year's World Series of Poker. He has finished second in two events, cashed in another 3 events


phill is a legend that i respet it

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