With a record 13 WSOP gold bracelets and over $19.3 million in tournament winnings, Phil Hellmuth is obviously a great poker player. However, he’s also a businessman, and this, along with constant networking, sometimes get in the way of his poker playing. Hellmuth admitted as much during a recent interview with SouthFlorida.com, where he discussed his poker habits, love of the Golden State Warriors and how nice of a guy he is. That said, let’s cover each of these topics from the interview in depth.
Hellmuth says He’s Out of Practice, but can get Sharp in a “Few Days”
Phil Hellmuth isn’t just a poker player these days. He also writes books, does speaking engagements and runs a real estate business. So he’s not your typical grinder who spends 8-10 hours a day at the poker tables.
“I’m not lazy, but I talked myself out of practicing,” he said. “For five or six years, I didn’t play in some of the good games leading up to the World Series of Poker, because with so many below-average players there, I reasoned it messed up my game. Now, I play a few times before the World Series, and it especially helps with my reads on players. I can get sharp in a few days.”
TV makes Hellmuth look Worse than He is
Few players have become more famous for their blowups than the Poker Brat. But the 51-year-old chalks this up to TV editing, rather than how he truly is when playing poker.
“I sit at a table for 12 hours, and lose it for, say, 10 minutes, and that makes TV,” Hellmuth explained. “I thought those inside the poker world would figure that out. It’s taken 12 years, but by now I think a lot of people have.”
Hellmuth loved that the Warriors won the NBA Championship
The Poker Brat loves to name drop and network with celebrities and athletes. So living in the Bay Area, he’s gotten to know some of the NBA champion Golden State Warriors quite well. In fact, he sits courtside along with his friend and Warriors owner Chamath Palihapitiya around 10 times a year.
If you’d like to see the whole SouthFlorida.com piece on Hellmuth, check it out here.