On October 7, Doug ‘WCGRider' Polk uploaded a Youtube video showing his one-on-one basketball match against Phil Hellmuth in Pittsburgh, a 10-1 odds on a three-point shot on the first try without even warming up. It is Polk's $10,000 versus Helmuth's $1,000. Guess who had the most fun and won in the end?
Hellmuth, 53, may have not been able to defend his title in the second edition of Poker Night in America's King of the Hill II (more info here) event that occurred last weekend at the Rivers Casino; however, he apparently had a lot of fun in the end as he luckily won a total of $15,000 from his opponents in a post-match shootout at a makeshift basketball court in a Pittsburgh parking lot around the wee hours of 2am.
The unplanned prop bet was hatched after the members of the King of the Hill II crew and poker players had been enjoying a drink or two after the event. They loved the topic of basketball so much that it led to a bet, and it's Hellmuth versus Polk, entailing that Hellmuth couldn't hit a 3-pointer without any warm-up or practice shots, with Polk challenging him 10-1 or as Phil Hellmuth posted in his Twitter feed:
With show producer Todd Anderson and one of the four players in KOTH II Parker Talbot also wanting a piece of the basketball action, Hellmuth then stood to win $15,000 to his $1,500 to make the miraculous shot. However, first to do - where can they find a basketball court at 1:30am?
The merry party sought the help of fans via Twitter for the search of a basket ball from anyone in the Pittsburgh area until a local poker fan named Chris Macedonia delivered it to them.
After they found a random parking lot with a makeshift basketball court, the merry party gathered, which includes Hellmuth, Talbot, Anderson, KOTH II champ Olivier Busquet, Pete ‘The Manz' Manzinelli, Shaun Deeb, along with owner of the ball Chris Macedonia.
What transpired the moment after Hellmuth released the ball made everyone thunderstruck, and just like that, Hellmuth makes another legendary moment to his name.
Their amazement has then turned to a bit of dismay, as the poker pros who bet against Hellmuth realized they just lost a couple thousands on a bet!
I like this funny bet news about the poker pros, but i think they loose all their poker winnings in this kind of side bets. Perhaps it was to boring to play only live poker and so they need a new adrenaline kick
ok I must say that this 4 dudes tournament with all the pre match excitement and now as we see all the post matches fun really were I think a well planned event with lots of pr for all the guys involved and the organizers of the event.
An excellent thing is that they are playing other kind of games not just poker. It's nice to see them do something else but they can not stop bets. They do what they do and always bets. I have the impression as with their wives or fiancees do the same. Their life is like a continuous bet i think.
Posted by pochui: ok I must say that this 4 dudes tournament with all the pre match excitement and now as we see all the post matches fun really were I think a well planned event with lots of pr for all the guys involved and the organizers of the event.
The only thing I see here is Hellmuth has at least 20 lbs+ on him. Maybe he should be betting on loosing some weight.
Some of the other guys in the video were in even worse shape the he is, and they are much younger. Sitting on your behind countless hours every day to play poker isn't that good for the general fitness.
Ha ha funny guys, when playing poker is done they think pf some other ideas and to have fun when doing them. Of course it is so popular with poker players to have many prop bets and some of them funny, some crazy and very often it is a lot of money in these bets
They are the definition of gamblers. What others do just for fun and spent some time, they are doing it for money. If you can afford it, it is not a big deal, but still something that i dont like. Even if i had the money for it
Yeah but those other guys did not bragged about their ability to make a three pointer without warming up etc. By the way yeah, the overall health concerns are bigger when you spend your day working behind a desk. Gambling or having a desk job are risky 4 putting on weight fast.