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Name: Phil Hellmuth
DOB: July 16, 1964
Alias: The Poker Brat
Hometown: Palo Alto, California
Nationality: American
Total Winnings (as of Jan '07):
$9,580,000 (live tournament)
Notable accomplishments:
 Holds the record for the most bracelets won at the WSOP
 Inducted into the Poker Hall of Fame in
 Ranked 7th on the WSOP All Time Money List.
 Ranked 4th on the All Time Money List
WSOP Highlights:
 Bracelet(s): 11
 Money finishes: 63(+1)
 Highest ITM main event finish Winner: 1989
 *ITM = in the money, To place high enough in a poker tournament to get prize money.
WPT Highlights:
 Titles: None
 Final tables: 2(+2)
 Money finishes: 9


Phil Hellmuth Biography

At the age of 24 Phill became the youngest winner in the WSOP main event. In the 1989 match Phil was able to defeat Johnny Chan in heads up play. 17 years later Phil tied another record by winning his 10th WSOP bracelet at the 2006 World Series of Poker $1,000 No Limit Hold'em with rebuys event. This win tied with Poker greats Johnny Chan and Doyle Brunson. A year later Phil broke this record when he added the $1,500 No Limit Hold'em Event bracelet (his 11th) to his winnings. Along with his bracelet records Phil also holds the record for the most cashes at the World Series of Poker (63 in total) and shares the record for the most WSOP final table appearences with Tj Cloutier. They have both made the final table 39 times each.

While Phil's record at the World Poker Tour is impressive he has yet to win the tournament. Phil has made it to the final table twice and has cashed in 9 times at the WPT. His best finishes to date were 3rd place in the $10,000 No Limit Hold'em Event at the World Poker Finals at Foxwoods in 2003, 3rd at the 2004 WPT by the book in 2004, 3rd at the 2006 WPT Bad Boys of Poker II and 4th place at the 3rd annual 49'er Gold Rush Bonanza in 2002 in the $3,000 No Limit Hold'em event. World Poker Tour.

In 2005 Phil won the forst National Heads-Up Poker Championship by defeating Chris Ferguson in two out of three games. Phil is also the season 3 champion of Late Night Poker.

Phil has been both a competitor and a commentator on poker After Dark and he's made appearences on season one and four of High Stake Poker on GSN.

Phil is known for some interesting quotes which include: "If luck weren't involved, I guess I'd win every one," and "I've revolutionized the way to play Texas hold 'em." Many people consider his comments and actions at the table as distasteful but they respect him when he is away from the table. It would seem that Phil is putting on a show while playing to promote his Poker "brat" personna.

World Series of Poker Bracelets

Year Tournament Prize (US$)
1989 $10,000 No Limit Hold'em World Championship $755,000
1992 $5,000 Limit Hold'em $188,000
1993 $1,500 Limit Hold'em $138,000
1993 $2,500 No Limit Hold'em $161,400
1993 $5,000 No Limit Hold'em $173,000
1997 $3,000 Pot Limit Hold'em $204,000
2001 $2,000 No Limit Hold'em $316,000
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

Personal life



Trivia

* Phil replaced Phil Gordon as the commentator on Celebrity Poker Showdown on Bravo.

Publications

Instructional Video - Ultimate White To Black Belt Course
Instructional Video - Phil Hellmuth's Million Dollar Poker Secrets
Book - Play Poker like the Pros
Book - Bad Beats and Lucky Draws
Book - The Greatest Poker Hands ever Played
Book - Poker Brat
Written many articles for Cardplayer magazine


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