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Phil Hellmuth

Phil Hellmuth


Team UB Pro and 11 time WSOP bracelet winner Phil Hellmuth talks about FTR!

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Check out our Exclusive FTR Interview with Phil Hellmuth!

Residence:

Northern California / Las Vegas

Birthdate:

16 July 1964

Career Highlights:

  • 11 WSOP Bracelets Including...
  • 2007 No-Limit Hold'em
  • 2006 No-Limit Hold'em (With rebuys)
  • 2003 Limit Hold'em
  • 2003 No Limit Hold'em
  • 2001 No Limit Hold'em
  • 1997 Pot Limit Hold'em
  • 1993 Limit Hold'em
  • 1993 No Limit Hold'em
  • 1993 No Limit Hold'em
  • 1992 Limit Hold'em
  • 1989 Championship Event
  • first American to win the European Poker Championship in October, 2000
  • youngest person ever to win the World Championship of Poker at age 24
  • Affiliated Poker Room(s):

    Ultimate Bet
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    Personal Website:

    PhilHellmuth.com

    Products:

    Play Poker Like the Pros Book


    Intro by Eric Sprague:
    Some of our forum members helped put together the questions for Phil below, hopefully you'll enjoy them.

    FTR - micheal1123:
    1. What is your style of play on day one of major multiday tournaments? Do you try and see a lot of flops and look to outplay the poor players that are still alive early on, or are you tight preflop? Assuming the former, when playing mediocre hands preflop (like 22, 54s, 97o, etc.) are you often open raising or open limping, limping along or attacking limpers? Do you ever open limp?

    Phil Hellmuth:
    I have been playing pretty tight most first days, but lately I'll open for small raises and play a lot of hands, especially if my table is playing weak at me...Tight through the first day helps me last...

    FTR - micheal1123 and chardrian:
    2. It seems that your antics/tirades are in part intended to intimidate your lesser experienced opponents into being afraid to call, and especially reraise, you while you're picking up blinds in the middle and late stages of tournaments. Would you agree with that? Do you ever intend to incorrectly give off the impression that you're tilting? Do you feel that you tilt, and your play suffers because of it, in these situations? It seems clear that Mike the Mouth Matusow acts at the table the same as he acts away from it. That isn't as clear with you. When you go on your tirades at the table is it really because you are just caught up in the competition and hate to lose or are you trying to create an image that you are perhaps on tilt even though you are not?

    Phil Hellmuth:
    I get caught up in the moment and competition (I never ever act that way away from the table). There is a big difference between me and "the mouth," and the poker world--and most of the public knows this--I never attack or get personal unless I lose a big pot, or I'm defending myself. The mouth attacks people to try to throw them off of their game, and he admits as much to the world. I happen to think that this is bad for poker. Poker shouldn't be a game where everyone needs to have headphones on to avoid being verbally attacked, and the rules do in fact protect people form this. Recently I have been calling floormen on people that take personal attacks for no reason at all. This may sound weird to you out there, considering who I am portrayed to be on ESPN, but all of my BS stems from getting unlucky due to a terrible player playing terribly...

    FTR - Les_Worm:
    3. You are one of the best tournament players around. Some pros have said that you don't seem to do as well in cash games though. How would you compare your skill in a cash game compared to your tournament skills?

    Phil Hellmuth:
    I have won consistently in the cash games for the last 30 months, at all levels. The other players have a habit of knocking me down to stand on my shoulders, and this is part of being the best (or trying to be the best, or having the public perceive you're the best). Thus they have criticized my cash game play, because they cannot attack my character or honor or tournament play. This is OK with me, but the facts contradict what they say...

    FTR - DaNutsInYoEye:
    4. Several pros have cited that table draw is the single biggest determinant in them advancing far in tournaments with large fields. Do you agree with this? Why or why not?

    Phil Hellmuth:
    It does have a big impact on success. When you are at a weak tight table with inexperienced players, then it will be easier to triple up on day one. When you're at a super aggressive table, then you will have to play some big pots...

    FTR is thankful that Phil was able to respond to answer our questions!


    Phil Hellmuth is a tremendous Hold'em tournament player. He has 9 WSOP Hold'em Bracelets which is more than any player in the world. Yes, Doyle Brunson and Johnny Chan have 10 Bracelets but some of them are in games other than Hold'em.

    Some folks say that Phil Hellmuth goes on tilt too much to be considered a great ring game player. In fact he is sometimes called the John McEnroe of poker. Phil sometimes go by the term poker brat.

    Phil Hellmuth plays online at UltimateBet. Here is what they say about him:
    In 1989, Phil Hellmuth became the youngest person ever to win the World Championship of Poker at age 24. Since then he has won eight more World Championship titles and has been named by his peers, "The best poker tournament player in the world." In 2003, Phil tied Doyle Brunson and Johnny Chan, as the leading WSOP bracelet winner and ranked 3rd overall in Top Money Winners among men with over $2.8 million won in 34 finishes. In all, Phil has won over 50 poker tournaments since his career began in 1988 including becoming the first American to win the European Poker Championship in October, 2000.
    Here are some career highlights of Phil Hellmuth:
    26-Jun-05 $ 5,000 Pot Limit Omaha
    36th World Series of Poker (WSOP) 2005, Las Vegas 8th $ 70,625
    19-Jun-05 $ 1,500 Pot Limit Omaha
    36th World Series of Poker (WSOP) 2005, Las Vegas 10th $ 5,080
    05-Jun-05 $ 1,500 Limit Hold'em
    36th World Series of Poker (WSOP) 2005, Las Vegas 42nd $ 4,200
    03-Jun-05 $ 1,500 No Limit Hold'em
    36th World Series of Poker (WSOP) 2005, Las Vegas 24th $ 15,905
    05-Mar-05 Heads-Up No Limit Hold'em
    2005 National Heads-Up Poker Championship, Las Vegas 1st $ 500,000
    14-Dec-04 $ 15,000 World Poker Tour Championship - No Limit Hold'em
    Five-Diamond World Poker Classic, Las Vegas 41st $ 21,781
    01-Sep-04 No Limit Hold'em - Tournament of Champions
    World Series of Poker Tournament of Champions, Las Vegas 2nd
    20-Aug-04 € 5,710 Episode 3
    The Gaming Club World Poker Championship (Pot Limit Hold'em), Dublin 3rd
    14-May-04 $ 3,000 Pot Limit Hold'em
    35th World Series of Poker (WSOP) 2004, Las Vegas 7th $ 34,880
    10-May-04 $ 2,000 Pot Limit Hold'em
    35th World Series of Poker (WSOP) 2004, Las Vegas 6th $ 29,800
    09-May-04 $ 2,000 Omaha Hi-Lo Split
    35th World Series of Poker (WSOP) 2004, Las Vegas 21st $ 2,580
    02-May-04 $ 2,500 Limit Hold'em
    35th World Series of Poker (WSOP) 2004, Las Vegas 26th $ 3,280
    26-Apr-04 $ 1,500 Omaha Hi-Lo Split
    35th World Series of Poker (WSOP) 2004, Las Vegas 17th $ 4,120
    14-Nov-03 $ 10,000 No Limit Hold'em WPT Event
    2003 World Poker Finals, Mashantucket 3rd $ 281,700
    01-Oct-03 $ 1,000 No Limit Hold'em
    2003 Four Queens Poker Classic, Las Vegas 7th $ 3,055
    17-Sep-03 $ 9,800 No Limit Hold'em Main Event
    2003 United States Poker Championship, Atlantic City 3rd $ 116,424
    30-Jun-03 $ 1,500 Pot Limit Omaha
    Festa al Lago, Las Vegas 4th $ 8,585
    09-Jun-03 € 1,000 World Heads Up Poker Championships 2003
    Austrian Masters 2003, Vienna 33rd
    19-May-03 $ 10,000 World Championship Event
    34th World Series of Poker (WSOP) 2003, Las Vegas 27th $ 45,000
    15-May-03 $ 3,000 No Limit Hold'em
    34th World Series of Poker (WSOP) 2003, Las Vegas 1st $ 410,860
    10-May-03 $ 3,000 Limit Hold'em
    34th World Series of Poker (WSOP) 2003, Las Vegas 6th $ 15,040
    30-Apr-03 $ 1,500 Limit Omaha
    34th World Series of Poker (WSOP) 2003, Las Vegas 3rd $ 15,800
    26-Apr-03 $ 2,500 Limit Hold'em
    34th World Series of Poker (WSOP) 2003, Las Vegas 1st $ 171,400
    23-Apr-03 $ 2,000 H.O.R.S.E.
    34th World Series of Poker (WSOP) 2003, Las Vegas 12th $ 3,160
    14-Apr-03 $ 25,000 WPT Championship - No Limit Hold'em
    2003 Bellagio Five-Star World Poker Classic WPT Championship, Las Vegas 20th $ 15,999
    09-Feb-03 $ 1,000 Omaha Hi/Lo
    2003 L.A. Poker Classic, Los Angeles 1st $ 55,485
    28-Jan-03 $ 10,000 No Limit Hold'em Championship - WPT
    The Fourth Annual Jack Binion World Poker Open, Tunica 10th $ 18,324
    12-Dec-02 No Limit Hold'em
    2002 United States Poker Championship, Atlantic City 8th $ 1,975
    09-Dec-02 $ 1,500 Pot Limit Omaha
    Bellagio Five Diamond Poker Classic - 2002, Las Vegas 2nd $ 29,449
    04-Dec-02 $ 1,000 Pot Limit Hold'em
    Bellagio Five Diamond Poker Classic - 2002, Las Vegas 3rd $ 13,386
    10-Nov-02 $ 3,000 No Limit Hold'em - Main WPT Event
    2002 Gold Rush, San Francisco 4th $ 34,000
    07-Nov-02 $ 200 Seven Card Stud
    2002 Gold Rush, San Francisco 8th $ 500
    08-Oct-02 $ 300 Limit Hold'em
    2002 Caribbean Poker Classic, Palm Beach 3rd $ 1,220
    26-Apr-02 $ 2,500 No Limit Hold'em - Gold Bracelet Match Play
    33rd World Series of Poker (WSOP) 2002, Las Vegas 2nd $ 17,000
    24-Apr-02 $ 1,500 Limit Omaha
    33rd World Series of Poker (WSOP) 2002, Las Vegas 8th $ 3,640
    17-Mar-02 $ 8,000 Limit Hold'em - Final Results
    Party Poker Million, Cruise 3rd $ 62,400
    09-Mar-02 Game 2
    Late Night Poker Series 5, Cardiff 7th
    16-Feb-02 $ 1,000 H.O.S.E.
    2002 L.A. Poker Classic, Los Angeles 2nd $ 25,600
    22-Jan-02 $ 300 Limit Texas Hold'em
    The Third Annual Jack Binion World Poker Open, Tunica 2nd $ 28,087
    19-Jan-02 $ 1,000 No-Limit Texas Hold'em
    The Third Annual Jack Binion World Poker Open, Tunica 8th $ 3,841
    29-Nov-01 Semi Final
    Late Night Poker Series 4, Cardiff 6th
    11-Oct-01 Game 1
    Late Night Poker Series 4, Cardiff 2nd
    23-Aug-01 $ 1,000 7 Card Stud
    2001 Legends of Poker, Los Angeles 2nd $ 12,650
    24-Jun-01 $ 200 Limit Hold'em
    California State Poker Championship 2001, Los Angeles 9th $ 1,721
    19-Jun-01 $ 500 Omaha Hi Lo Split
    California State Poker Championship 2001, Los Angeles 5th $ 2,200
    07-Jun-01 ATS 10,000 No Limit Holdem
    Austrian Masters 2001, Vienna 1st ATS 295,860 $ 18,482
    05-Jun-01 ATS 34,400 World Heads Up Poker Championships Finals
    Austrian Masters 2001, Vienna 33rd
    14-May-01 $ 10,000 Championship Event
    32nd World Series of Poker (WSOP) 2001, Las Vegas 5th $ 303,705
    11-May-01 $ 5,000 Omaha Hi-Lo Split Eight or Better
    32nd World Series of Poker (WSOP) 2001, Las Vegas 2nd $ 103,785
    05-May-01 $ 1,500 Ace to Five Draw Lowball
    32nd World Series of Poker (WSOP) 2001, Las Vegas 15th $ 1,850
    03-May-01 $ 2,500 Omaha (pot limit)
    32nd World Series of Poker (WSOP) 2001, Las Vegas 15th $ 4,910
    29-Apr-01 $ 3,000 Texas Hold'em (limit)
    32nd World Series of Poker (WSOP) 2001, Las Vegas 6th $ 19,555
    26-Apr-01 $ 1,500 Seven Card Stud Hi-Lo Split Eight or Better
    32nd World Series of Poker (WSOP) 2001, Las Vegas 9th $ 4,685
    24-Apr-01 $ 2,000 Texas Hold'em (no limit)
    32nd World Series of Poker (WSOP) 2001, Las Vegas 1st $ 316,550
    26-Mar-01 $ 500 Omaha Hi-Lo
    2001 Shooting Stars, San Jose 1st $ 13,875
    14-Dec-00 Grand Final
    Late Night Poker Series 3, Cardiff 1st £ 45,000 $ 64,973
    26-Oct-00 Game 2
    Late Night Poker Series 3, Cardiff 1st
    05-May-00 $ 2,500 Omaha (pot-limit)
    31st World Series of Poker (WSOP) 2000, Las Vegas 4th $ 29,250
    02-May-00 $ 2,000 Texas Hold'em (pot-limit)
    31st World Series of Poker (WSOP) 2000, Las Vegas 6th $ 16,450
    04-May-99 $ 2,500 Omaha 8 or Better
    30th World Series of Poker (WSOP) 1999, Las Vegas 5th $ 20,925
    02-May-99 $ 2,500 No Limit Hold'em
    30th World Series of Poker (WSOP) 1999, Las Vegas 12th $ 9,210
    28-Apr-98 $ 2,000 Omaha 8 or Better
    29th World Series of Poker (WSOP) 1998, Las Vegas 14th $ 4,080
    25-Apr-98 $ 1,500 Omaha Pot Limit
    29th World Series of Poker (WSOP) 1998, Las Vegas 16th $ 3,870
    12-May-97 $ 10,000 No Limit Hold'em World Championship
    28th World Series of Poker (WSOP) 1997, Las Vegas 21st $ 21,200
    06-May-97 $ 3,000 Hold'em Pot Limit
    28th World Series of Poker (WSOP) 1997, Las Vegas 1st $ 204,000
    03-May-96 $ 2,500 Omaha 8 or Better
    27th World Series of Poker (WSOP) 1996, Las Vegas 6th $ 12,375
    25-Apr-94 $ 1,500 No Limit Hold'em
    25th World Series of Poker (WSOP) 1994, Las Vegas 2nd $ 67,500
    08-May-93 $ 5,000 Limit Hold'em
    24th World Series of Poker (WSOP) 1993, Las Vegas 1st $ 138,000
    07-May-93 $ 2,500 No Limit Hold'em
    24th World Series of Poker (WSOP) 1993, Las Vegas 1st $ 173,000
    30-Apr-93 $ 5,000 Deuce to Seven Draw
    24th World Series of Poker (WSOP) 1993, Las Vegas 2nd $ 72,500
    26-Apr-93 $ 1,500 No Limit Hold'em
    24th World Series of Poker (WSOP) 1993, Las Vegas 1st $ 161,400
    09-May-92 $ 5,000 Limit Hold'em
    23rd World Series of Poker (WSOP) 1992, Las Vegas 1st $ 168,000
    06-May-92 $ 2,500 Hold'em Pot Limit
    23rd World Series of Poker (WSOP) 1992, Las Vegas 8th $ 6,700
    03-May-92 $ 2,500 Limit Hold'em
    23rd World Series of Poker (WSOP) 1992, Las Vegas 2nd $ 84,000
    01-May-92 $ 5,000 Deuce to Seven Draw
    23rd World Series of Poker (WSOP) 1992, Las Vegas 4th $ 26,500
    26-Apr-92 $ 1,500 No Limit Hold'em
    23rd World Series of Poker (WSOP) 1992, Las Vegas 9th $ 5,715
    15-May-89 $ 10,000 No Limit Hold'em World Championship
    20th World Series of Poker (WSOP) 1989, Las Vegas 1st $ 755,000
    12-May-89 $ 2,500 Omaha Pot Limit
    20th World Series of Poker (WSOP) 1989, Las Vegas 5th $ 25,300
    May-88 $ 10,000 No Limit Hold'em World Championship
    19th World Series of Poker (WSOP) 1988, Las Vegas 33rd $ 7,500
    May-88 $ 1,500 Seven-Card Stud Split
    19th World Series of Poker (WSOP) 1988, Las Vegas
    Common misspellings for Phil Hellmuth:
    Phil Helmuth (I see this one a lot, in our own forum and all over the internet. I guess it is easy to just write "Helmuth" forgetting that there are 2 Ls near the end. People tend to just let it go when it is spelled Helmuth. The way I remember the correct spelling is to think about what Phil gives them when he loses, hell. Once I think about all the tilt Phil has I can no longer spell Hellmuth without the word hell.
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