Phil Hellmuth Jr. or The Poker Brat, is amongst the most well known poker players in the world. He is a spokesman for UB.com, He is currently not the front man for any online poker site. He has a record 11 World of Series of Poker bracelets. He was, for many years, the youngest WSOP main event winner. He is a member of the poker hall of fame. He is known for his temperamental persona and an author of several books.
Phil Hellmuth was born July 16 1964 in Madison, Wisconsin. He attended the University of Wisconsin Madison. He was an avid poker player at a young age. He dropped out of college after three years to play poker full time.
Phil had some success at the 19th WSOP in 1988. He placed 5th in event #6 $2,500 Buy in limit 7 card stud Hi/Lo on May 10, 1988. His prize was $15,450. He made a run in the $10,000 No Limit Texas hold-em main event as he took 33rd May 16 1988. The main event that year had 167 entrants and a prize pool of $1,670,000. It was played at the old Binion’s Gambling Hall.
The next year, 1989, the 20th WSOP was to be a banner year for young Phil Helmuth. He booked a $2,985 payday for the $1,500 Ace to five draw event #9. But the big one was around the corner. With a prize pool of $1,780,000 form the 178 entrants the winner would receive $755,000. After defeating defending champ Johnny Chan, Phil Hellmuth became the youngest main event winner at 24 years old.
Phil has never looked back. He has been a consistent winner, year after year. In 2007 he won his 11th WSOP Braclet.
- 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
Phil has made 11 World poker cashes, he is the season 3 Late Night Poker champion and won the first National Heads-Up poker Championship. He is ranked 4th in all time tournament money wins. He is a regular on poker after dark as a player and a commentator. He has made a couple appearances on high stakes poker. In spring 2006, Phil Hellmuth replaced Phil Gordon as commentator on Celebrity Poker Showdown. He is also a poker coach on Best Damn Poker Show on the Fox Sports Network.
Phil Helmuth is an accomplished poker author with many books under his belt. But he has also made several poker instructional videos.
Phil Hellmuth is shameless self promoter, a tyrannical instigator and a whining baby. He has a reputation for antics and a great many attributed quotes such as: “If it weren’t for luck I’d win’em all,” and “I can dodge bullets baby.” . He has been in a fist fight with poker pro Sam Grizzle at the table. Phil has even crashed a sponsors race car. But I for one, have to wonder how much his just an act to stay in the limelight.
Phil Helmuth is a philanthropist. It has been reported that after he suffers a large loss he regards as stupid, he donates the same amount to charity. When you are talking about a big stakes gambler like Phil, who has dropped small fortunes in games like 3 card poker, this can be a large amount of money.
Phil Hellmuth is a married and has two children. He lives with his family in Palo Alto, CA. He is an active poker player and active entrepreneur with many endorsement deals, books and other merchandise. He is his own poker brand and a giant in the poker industry.