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Phil Hellmuth Answers Fan Questions

Tags: ask me anything, Phil Hellmuth.
Posted on 23 September 2015 by "T".

14-time World Series of Poker gold bracelet winner Phil Hellmuth answered questions on reddit.com over the weekend. It was a so-called ASK ME ANYTHING (AMA) interview, which made it possible for anyone to ask him anything under the sun. Here are the highlights...

nuttypoolog: What's the future for online poker in the US? Should there be one?

Legalized online poker is coming; 100%! It is simply a question of when...Amazingly, one person has stopped legalized online poker: one person! Mr Sheldon Adelson: and he spends $100 million every year funding politicians...However, David Baazov (poker big hope) is fighting hard, and effectively, for legalization. I'm hoping for full legalization in California, and then many of us, and the experts, believe it will spread accross the USA

dnegs: Your career has stretched through the rise and fall of poker's popularity, particularly in the United States. What do you think needs to be done to ignite another "Moneymaker Effect"-style boom of poker interest?

A bigger BOOM is coming when the USA legalizes online poker again! We have witnessed this in Italy, France, and Russia when online poker was actually legalized, and the operators were shocked because they had 10 times as many people play (10X) than was expected. Ditto in the USA: coming soon...

davidnik: How has the game changed for the better and for the worse since online play has become less prominent? (We played together in Event 3 of the 2009 series, PLOH. Thanks for doing this.)

Great question! Sadly, the poker world in the USA has shrank a bit (not too much). With entries down at the WSOP from the good old days, a lot less television (I miss Poker After Dark), and less sponorship deals for US players. However, the rest of the world has seen a lot less shrinkage.

ferdonjackson: How in the the hell do you deal with those beats where you are 90%+ with just the river left and wind up getting busted...well besides the obligatory bitching and moaning?

Obviously I whine too much because I'm the Poker Brat! But I try really hard to NOT let any bad luck I have at the tables affect me away from the tables. I have gotten better and better at this over the years, but I'm sure my wife will tell you i was bad at this in my twenties and thirties. I don't want that stuff to impact my relations w my friends and family in a negative way...

jaimestaples: Jaime Staples here. Can you talk a bit about your experience with Twitch. What do you think about the world of poker broadcasting? Are those two going to interact much or be different things entirely?

LOVE Twitch, and you'll be on a panel with me Friday at TwitchCon Jaime; will be fun! I just won $43,400 in my neighborhood (if you follow me on Twitter you know I've lost over $200,000 in the game in the last 6 weeks, BUT if I could Twitch that game, there would 100,000 people watching it! Craziness! Poker broadcasting has a huge future, and I'll be live Tuesday at noon EST here playing Pineapple OFC: Twitch.com/philhellmuth


SketchyBob: Is it true you started playing poker (and winning) against your college professors?

Yes, I did play against two professors at the Univ of Wisconsin way back in 1984! In that game, we also had Psychiatrists, lawyers, and doctors. None of them were under the age of 40, and I was 20. Each was a professional w multiple degrees, I was an undergrad. But i'm pretty good at this thing we call "Poker"

Jaspa7732: Hey Phil! Where is your favorite place outside of Vegas to play poker?

My home game in the Bay Area. Filled w the "Masters of the universe," I love these guys and they have become my best friends. Other than that, the LA poker scene is vibrant...

Shitty_Cunt_Bagel: What is Dwan up to these days? Information seems to be limited.

Dwan is still crushing playing NLHold'em, but in Macao. Those games are really really huge (sometimes $4000 -$8,000 blinds) and Ivey is doing well too. I cant imagine Ivey skipped the WSOP (World Series Of Poker) for the games in Macao, if those games weren't special!

source: reddit.com


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13 comments for "Phil Hellmuth Answers Fan Questions"

 doubletop77723/09/2015 10:48:47 GMT
I always find these interviews fascinating and to hear some of Phil Hellmuth's thoughts is a privilege indeed. The Poker Brat is undoubtedly my favourite poker player and thanks for doing this interview.
 StheP23/09/2015 11:51:22 GMT
he is one of my favorite comedian, but he is far from my favorite poker player...
 klash2323/09/2015 12:56:39 GMT
I saw this at the weekend and I am glad to see that this post has reduced it down to a manageable amount!There was a lot to trawl through but it was definitely interesting to get to hear what he had to say,though he seems to be looking at the unibet scam differently to most and maybe that could be spoken of more.
 bowie198423/09/2015 13:01:02 GMT
Posted by StheP:
he is one of my favorite comedian, but he is far from my favorite poker player...

Yup, you nailed that perfectly. He is not a very likable guy/player but he is sure as hell an entertaining person.
 Calmplay23/09/2015 15:14:25 GMT
I have one question for you too Phil and I want a honest answer, who is the best NL Hold'em player in the world? Big Smile
 StheP23/09/2015 15:30:16 GMT
Posted by Calmplay:
I have one question for you too Phil and I want a honest answer, who is the best NL Hold'em player in the world? Big Smile

tournament or cash player? here are my top 5 MTT players: Jason mercier, Jonathan Duhamel, Busquet Olivier, Panka, and maybe Mike Mcdonald.... best 2 in cash game are Ike Haxton and isildur, maybe ill throw some more players in....

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kick out mike put in Martin Jacobson Blink
 Tony_MON7ANA23/09/2015 17:03:26 GMT
Nice, Phil.
Give my best regards to your trophy wife!
 hazeform25/09/2015 11:46:24 GMT
Posted by StheP:
he is one of my favorite comedian, but he is far from my favorite poker player...


hahaha brilliant....StheP
favorite comedian is by far the best description for Phil Hellmuth...
a few days ago i watched the firts two episods of the 2015
World Series Of Poker Main Event telecast and Phil Hellmuth strikes back with incredible
poker table trash talk...!!! really worth watching.
and i hope he is still in for the next episods couse he is really entertaining

vheers
 Buva1325/09/2015 12:48:30 GMT
Gare love him when he starts talking, when he playes the pocorns are already in microwave and im ready to watch " older Adam Sandler brother" Big Smile Big Smile Big Smile
 pochui25/09/2015 19:15:58 GMT
ah the good old phill hermouth, dude that made me smile million of times, really cool poker character, one of those dudes of whom you remember other things than bracelets won, or career winning/losses. though he does won his fair share of dollaros. phill- do you shave your balls?
 hazeform25/09/2015 20:29:22 GMT
Posted by Buva13:
Gare love him when he starts talking, when he playes the pocorns are already in microwave and im ready to watch " older Adam Sandler brother" Big Smile Big Smile Big Smile


for sure poker pokertertainment at at his best !!
the best Phil Hellmuth moments i remember are at the PokerStars Big Game Season 2 tv show

Tony G. is trolling Phil Hellmuth all day long and Phil gets one bad beat after the other

I am very happy to be a part of such a great community, wish you the best of luck
at the tables, off the tables, behind the tables, under the tables and in your life in general.

cheers
 3paulx26/09/2015 22:21:04 GMT
a poker legend like him doesnt have much time to answer all the questions but when he does. he really does it with style! good to watch!
 bowie198426/09/2015 23:41:49 GMT
Posted by 3paulx:
a poker legend like him doesnt have much time to answer all the questions but when he does. he really does it with style! good to watch!

Yeah. He will never go out of style thats for sure.

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