– General Introduction –
Born in Madison, Wisconsin on July 16, 1964, Phillip Jerome Hellmuth Jr., aka The Poker Brat, is famous for his loudmouth attitude and unsportsmanlike conduct.
As one of the tallest professional poker players, Hellmuth (6’7”/2,01m) towers above many of his competitors, and he regularly misbehaves after bad beats at the tables. He’s also been quoted as saying, “If luck weren’t involved, I guess I’d win every one,” as well as “I’ve revolutionized the way to play Texas Hold’em.”
– Key Career Dates –
- 1989: Defeated Johnny Chan at age 24 to become the Youngest Winner of a WSOP main event
- 1993: Became second player in WSOP history to win three bracelets in one WSOP
- 2000: Won the Poker EM 7-Card Stud Main Event in Austria, billed the largest 7-Card Stud tournament in the world
- 2005: Won the National Heads-Up Poker Championship
- 2006: Won his 10th WSOP bracelet
- 2007: Inducted into the WSOP Poker Hall of Fame
- 2012: Became the first player to ever win both the WSOP and WSOPE main events
– Phil Hellmuth’s Career –
→ Beginnings ←
Growing up in Madison Wisconsin, as the eldest of 5 children in a Catholic familiy, Hellmuth led a relatively wholesome childhood. His father, Phil Hellmuth, Sr., was a dean at the University of Wisconsin, and his mother, Lynn Hellmuth, was a sculptor. Hellmuth was introduced to poker while attending college at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. After playing that first game in a friend’s dorm room, he immediately fell in love and started playing as much as he could with friends and family, but soon he wasn’t satisfied with the level of competition.
Moving on to stronger competitors, Hellmuth started playing high stakes local games with professors, doctors, and businessmen. He built up what he felt was a substantial enough bankroll, quit college, and headed to Vegas to become a full-time poker player. However, he quickly learned that playing in Vegas was quite different than Madison, Wisconsin. After a disastrous first trip, he returned to Madison build back his bankroll. Indeed, Hellmuth traveled back and forth between Vegas and Madison 10 times before getting his first win at the tables. Each time, after losing in Vegas, he would return to Madison and work as a field laborer, de-tassling corn and tilling soil for Blaine Farms, to rebuild his bankroll. Finally, finding success in the low-stakes cash games in Vegas, Hellmuth started playing for higher stakes and entering poker tournaments.
→ Live Tournaments ←
With a total of $14,029,582, Hellmuth holds the records for both the most WSOP cashes (127) and the most WSOP final tables (57).
Twenty of his final tables are in non-Hold’em games, including 2-7 Lowball, Seven Card Stud, Seven Card Razz, Pot Limit Omaha, and H.O.R.S.E.
- 1989: $10,000 No Limit Hold’em World Championship, won $755,000
- 1992: $5,000 Limit Hold’em, won $168,000
- 1993: $1,500 No Limit Hold’em, won $161,400
$2,500 No Limit Hold’em, won $173,000
$5,000 No Limit Hold’em, won $138,000
- 1997: $3,000 Pot Limit Hold’em, won $204,000
- 2001: $2,000 No Limit Hold’em, won $316,550
- 2003: $2,500 Limit Hold’em, won $171,400
$3,000 No Limit Hold’em, won $410,860
- 2006: $1,000 No Limit Hold’em with rebuys, won $631,863
- 2007: $1,500 No Limit Hold’em, won $637,254
- 2012: $2,500 Seven-Card Razz, won $182,793
€10,450 No Limit Hold’em Main Event, won €1,022,376
- 2015: $10,000 Seven-Card Razz, won $271,105
As of 2017, Hellmuth has won $1,456,065 in WPT tournaments.
- 2002: $5,000 + 80 No Limit Hold’em Championship, 8th place
$3,000 No Limit Hold’em WPT Event, 4th place
- 2003: $10,000 + 100 No Limit Hold’em Championship, 10th place
$25,000 No Limit Hold’em Championship, 20th place
$10,000 No Limit Hold’em Event, 3rd place
- 2006: Bad Boys of Poker II, 3rd place
€10,000 Grand Prix de Paris, No Limit Hold’em, 16th place
- 2014: $2,140 Commerce 8 Game Mix, 4th place
- 2017: $1,100 2-7 Single Draw #38 No Limit, 2nd place
$1,1000 Limit Omaha / Stud 8 or Better #49, 1st place
$4,000 No Limit Hold’em, Main Event #14, 2nd place
In 2000, Hellmuth defeated 437 other players to win the Poker EM 7-Card Stud Main Event in Austria. Billed as the largest 7-Card Stud tournament in the world, this event brought Hellmuth $106,250.
Hellmuth won the first National Heads-Up Poker Championship in 2005.
→ Live Cash Games ←
Best Live Cash: $2,645,333.
→ Online Poker ←
It’s rumored that from 2007 to 2010, Phil Hellmuth played on Poker Stars as #1_Lucky_One. The account, which has been inactive since 2010, made around $15,000.
→ Sponsorship deals ←
Milwaukee Best Light produced a limited-edition can in 2008 that featured a picture of Hellmuth and his famous quote, “I can dodge bullets baby.”
He was also featured in a commercial for 3betclothing, a clothing brand.
→ Scandals ←
Hellmuth once took to Reddit to respond to the cheating scandal that took place from 2005-2007 on Ultimate Bet. Encouraged by Kevin Kevmath Matthers, the PocketFives Community Manager,
On Reddit, Hellmuth opened up about the cheating scandal at Ultimate Bet, which took place from Hellmuth said, “I was proud to have had a big role in forcing an investigation at UB, which led to $25 million being returned to the players. People said I should have left the site, and that would have been easy to do as I was wanted by Full Tilt. But I saw another pro get haunted for years because the site he repped did not pay the players back. Staying was the right move, and I was happy when the players were paid back.“
In 2007, Hellmuth arrived at the WSOP Main Event two hours late after losing control of a race car that his sponsor had arranged for him to drive and crashing into a light fixture in the parking lot of the Rio All Suite Hotel and Casino. He was then picked up by a limo and delivered to the tournament.
In 2008, Hellmuth received a one-round penalty at the WSOP Main Event for verbally abusing another player.
Famous for his loud mouth and aggressive attitude, Hellmuth has been recorded many times. YouTube contains a virtual cornucopia of great Hellmuth blow up moments, which you can find for yourself, but we’ve also included a great compilation for you here:
– Phil Hellmuth’s Private Life –
→ Love Life ←
Hellmuth met Katherine Sanborn when they were both students at the University of Wisconsin at Madison. The couple married in 1990, and three years later, when Katherine graduated from the University of Wisconsin Medical School, they moved to a permanent residence Palo Alto, California. The continue to live there today with their two sons, Phillip III and Nicholas.
Katherine is a psychiatrist at Stanford University, where she completed her residency at the Sanford University School of Medicine in 1999. While she doesn’t share her husband’s love for poker, it’s been reported that Kathy Hellmuth played in the 2005 Women’s Only World Series of Poker.
Although Hellmuth claims that he likes to visit clubs where he gets VIP treatment and is surrounded by beautiful women, the couple appears to have a good, solid relationship. As Hellmuth has reported to Bluff magazine and many other publications, “I’ve never cheated on my wife. I’m very proud of that.”
Although not an avid player herself, Kathy Hellmuth does regularly attend Phil’s competitions. She is often seen in the stands cheering her husband on and while Phil says that “she hates to be on camera,” the TV cameras have caught her multiple times rooting for husband and smiling broadly when he wins a big pot.
One of Hellmuth’s most famous TV moments is when he folded A-K suited against Passantino and his AA during a 2005 WSOP Main Event broadcast by ESPN and said to his wife, “I can dodge bullets baby.”
Phillip III, the couple’s first-born son, also plays poker. He finished 20th at the $100K Guaranteed Poker Showdown, Philadelphia in 2015.
→ Business ←
Seemingly a natural entrepreneur, Hellmuth owns and runs a publishing company, a clothing company (PokerBrat.com), a real estate company, and a casino games company. In addition, he regularly makes public appearances as a paid inspirational speaker. An active writer, he’s written an internationally syndicated newspaper column, “Hand of the Week,” for the past 15 years. The column details the many great poker hands Hellmuth has played or witnessed during his years playing professional poker. Moreover, his book, Play Poker Like the Pro’s, was New York Times bestseller, and he published his autobiography, Poker Brat, with a foreword by Daniel Negreanu in 2017.
Sharing his love of the game, Hellmuth has also created several instructional poker videos, including Ultimate White To Black Belt Course and Phil Hellmuth’s Million Dollar Poker System.
Hellmuth also makes regularly TV appearances. He was in seasons 1, 4, and 6 of GSN’s cash game show, High Stakes Poker, and often shows up as a player and analyst on NBC, CBS, FOX, ESPN, and GSN. In 2006, he replaced Phil Gordon as the host of Bravo’s Celebrity Poker Showdown, and he’s also been a poker coach on Fox Sports Network’s Best Damn Poker Show.
He’s also had several digital technology ventures. He was involved in the creation of the UltimateBet software and is a former member of Team UB. And, in 2004, he partnered with Oasys Mobile to develop Texas Hold’em by Phil Hellmuth, a mobile app with over 1.35 million downloads globally.
→ Net Worth ←
How much is Phil Hellmuth worth ?
According to thehendonmob, his total live earnings are $21,963,463. He is currently 8th on the All Time Money List. He used to be 2nd.
Celebritynetworth estimates his assets at $20 million.
→ Hobbies & Personal life ←
A dedicated philanthropist, Hellmuth has served as the chair or emcee for many poker charity events, raising over $20.4 million over the course of his activities. His charity work includes hosting and emceeing fundraising galas for the Clinton Global Initiative, the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, Eva Longoria’s “Eva’s Heroe,” the Starkey Hearing Foundation, Ante Up For Africa, and Shimon Peres’ Peace Thru Sports Foundation. He also visited US troops on a USO Tour of the Middle East in 2010. He and Kathy also actively support Heifer International, an organization that benefits the developing world by providing livestock, poultry, and grain.
Hellmuth is an active sports fan. He particularly loves boxing, baseball, and basketball and is a huge fan of the Golden State Warriors. He enjoys an occasional game of golf.
An avid party- and concert-goer, Hellmuth is a fan of electronic music and is accustomed to receiving VIP treatment. His Instagram account features pics of him with countless celebrities, including Jay-Z, Steve Aoki, Malin Akerman, Damian Lewis, Tony Hawks, L.A Mayor Garcetti, Mike Tyson, Bill Clinton, Kate Upton, Eva Longoria, Mayweather, and many others, as well as with friends Doug Polk, Daniel Negreanu, Phil Ivey, Daniel Cates, and other poker players.
Phil Hellmuth on Social Media
Phil Hellmuth has his own website: http://philhellmuth.comTwitter: https://twitter.com/phil_hellmuth 270,000 followers Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/philhellmuthfanclub/ 103,000 fans Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/beingthegreatest/ 27,000 subscribers Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/user/philhellmuthofficial 2,000 subscribers