Joined: Jun '09
Age: 33 (M)
First day of the $5,000 No Limit Hold'em event saw many familiar faces, including Andy Black, David Pham, John Juanda, Chris Ferguson, Bertrand "ElkY" Grospellier, T.J. Cloutier, Justin Bonomo and others.
Jeff Madsen managed to double up his chips early on, but that didn't help him, as he was soon making his way out. Antonio Esfandiari also hit the rail early on, he moved all-in with 5-3 and hit top two pair on the flop, but his opponent rivered a straight to send him to the rail.
Phil Hellmuth was getting rather irritated, especially when he was forced to lay down his pocket queens. The flop had a king and Hellmuth was certain that his opponent had K-3 or something like that - it did calm him a bit when his opponent showed A-K, for the sake of not listening Hellmuth's theory of K-3 and how badly everyone around him was playing.
While Hellmuth was battling with the swarms of amateurs, Gavin Smith (pictured left) had his own grudge on Jimmy Fricke. It took Fricke a little longer than Smith would have liked to get to his new seat. Gavin joked that Fricke "slow walked" his way to the table in order to avoid the hand. Smith's table included Vanessa Rousso, Josh Arieh and Greg Raymer which made it one of the least wanted tables to be seated at that day.
Joined: Apr '09
Age: 41 (M)
Phil Hellmuth is always trying to teach amateurs around to have some respect for the kings of bracelets. Even in high levels, the "bigger ones" don't like to suffer against the "rich fish". Some foruns and pools have approached to this theme and the opinions always surround the same conclusions: mixing players from different levels will make lower leveled to learn a lot and higher leveled to be disapointed droping good hands because they just can't figure what the opponent has in the hand. Happened to me this saturday night playing in a friends birthday in a 8 player table with two guys from out of the regular group. With flops like KJ4 i first received preflop calls of five BB's and was pushed to make all in with my AJ receiving a call from 94 and watching that guy puting me out with an 8 that came at the river. Crazy... but he won and i lost.
Joined: Apr '09
Age: 34 (M)
Lol Phill Helmuth again with his strange behaviours! He could be the champion of bracelets in World Series of Poker but i cant understand he is always complaining about the other players and crying like a baby! He should focus in his game and not in the others! But that is only my opinion!
Posted by Jodoli: Lol Phill Helmuth again with his strange behaviours! He could be the champion of bracelets in World Series of Poker but i cant understand he is always complaining about the other players and crying like a baby! He should focus in his game and not in the others! But that is only my opinion!
You dont watch Hellmuth alot then..
Hes very very astute and very very calculating in his behaviour.
When people are playing loose he rips into them and in many cases forces them to change their style because no one wants to be labelled a donkey at a poker table. Least of all by one of Hellmuths famous rants.
Half of what Hellmuth does isnt because he truly believes he should of won, its more to disturb his opponents and the rhythm of hte game.. Oh and it looks good in front of the cameras too which gets him lots of TV coverage and exposure, something Ultimatebet just love given hes dressed in their clothing and advertising their poker site.
Posted by HyggloBurro: Thanks for the update! It's all a part of Hellmuths psycho-master-plan: he got the guy to show his card, didn't he! He probably chuckled inside.
Absolutely spot on..
Hellmuth is one of hte most devious players on the circuit
Joined: Mar '09
Age: 45 (M)
I used to hate him, but after watching his antics on Poker after dark for a long time I have to say, he's fun to watch. It's 90% an act, sure he gets annoyed a little easily, but as said, most of it is to throw his opponents off their game. I love the characters in poker, without them it's no fun to watch. You need the Hellmuth's and Madusow's and Negreanu's
Joined: May '08
Age: 50 (M)
Offcourse Hellmuth is a prick/twat/idiot wotever you want to name him. But look at his stats, unbelievable, king off bracelets, he did write a bestseller, this book was in american top10 for ages. You can judge him (i also do), but he is 1 off the best no doubt.