Phil Hellmuth is well known for his poker blowups. And he recently spoke about his antics with the Wall Street Journal, explaining that these are infrequent incidents.
“That’s less than 1% of my life,” said Hellmuth. “I talk about how I’ve changed, but then I still lose it.”
Of course, it’s this 1% that is publicized. And Hellmuth looks like a real jerk when he’s berating other players. However, the Poker Brat claims that he calmed his antics during the 2017 WSOP.
“I’m always very careful when I start whining not to direct it at an individual,” said Hellmuth. “There were floor men waiting on both sides for me to say ‘him’ or to point at somebody. I wish I could handle myself better in those moments. But that’s just me. I’m just so hyper competitive.”
But no matter how much he works on his temper, the Poker Brat is always a candidate to blow up. In fact, he told the WSJ that TV producers hope to catch him in “the moment.”
Hellmuth Discusses Beating Poker with CNBC
The Poker Brat did another high-profile interview with CNBC this month. And one of the main topics he discussed is how many games the average player can expect to beat.
“I think you can beat 50 percent, maybe even 70 percent of the games out there in the world,” he explained. “It’s about not playing very many hands.
“It’s about playing maybe 15 percent of the hands, whereas most amateurs think to be patient means playing 30 percent of the hands. Cut some of that fat, and that alone will put you in good stead in 70 percent of the poker games.”
One hallmark of Hellmuth’s strategy is patience. In fact, he’s so patient that he’ll sometimes let his stack dwindle to nearly nothing if his cards aren’t good enough.
This goes against many players’ strategy of looking for shove opportunities earlier. But it’s hard to argue with Hellmuth since he has 14 gold bracelets and over $21 million in tournament winnings.