Phil Hellmuth Biography
Career Winnings: $9,585,806
2007 Winnings: $932,324
Bluff/ESPN Ranking: 98th
Cardplayer Ranking: 55th
Phil Hellmuth is one of the most famous names in poker, his attitude making him memorable, if not well liked, and at the 2007 World Series of Poker Phil Hellmuth won his record setting 11th WSOP Bracelet, breaking the three way tie he had with Johnny Chan and the legendary Doyle Brunson. Phil also cashed 5 more times, including another final table in the 2007 WSOP.
Phil Hellmuth was born on July 16, 1964 in Madison, Wisconsin. In 1989 he became the youngest World Series of Poker Main Event Champion ever at the age of 24. He is oftentimes known as “The Poker Brat” or “Hellmouth” for his arrogant attitude and criticism of other players. Phil constantly berates other players, especially when they deal a bad beat against him. However, Phil has been working in recent years to change his foul side.
Phil Hellmuth is very entertaining and frequently comes out with memorable phrases. After a bad beat he said “If luck weren’t involved I guess I’d win every one.” After successfully making a great laydown against another player who showed his pocket aces, Phil stood up, made finger guns in both hands, and said “I can dodge bullets, baby.” Phil also had to shave his head after the 2002 WSOP Main Event when he bet that Robert Varkonyi would not win the tournament after Varkonyi delivered a bad beat to Phil. Varkonyi won the tournament, so Phil’s hair parted ways with his head.
Phil does a lot of business outside of poker. He has written several books, appeared in poker videos and poker video games, and has his own sunglasses, chip set, and clothing line. Phil is also a host on Bravo’s Celebrity Poker Showdown. Phil’s books are “Play Poker Like the Pros,” “Bad Beats and Lucky Draws”, “Texas-Hold’em, and The Greatest Poker Hands Ever Played,” and his autobiography, “Poker Brat.” Phil has said that he could probably make $400 million a year without playing any poker.
Visit Phil at his official website – PhilHellmuth.com