Posts Tagged ‘Poker Brat’

Phil Hellmuth will play Poker at Fan’s (Your) House

Friday, October 2nd, 2015

phil-hellmuth-2014-big-oneWant to take on 14-time WSOP champion Phil Hellmuth in poker? If so, he’s up to the challenge because Hellmuth is asking his fans why he should pick your home game to visit. Here’s a look at the Poker Brat’s recent tweet:

“New York, Oct 3rd, I will play poker at a fans house, bring a mixologist and @KimoSabeMezcal. Why should I choose you?”

As the hashtag indicates, Hellmuth is working with tequila brand Kimo Sabe Mezcal on this promotion. And he wants his fans to tweet why he should come to their house and take them on.

Hellmuth already looks to have plenty of intrigued fans because his Twitter feed is pretty busy right now. So if you’re interested in having the 51-year-old poker pro show up to your home, give him a reason to.

And do remember that he’ll also be bringing a mixologist from Kimo Sabe Mezcal with him. So even if you don’t like the Poker Brat, you’ll at least get some pretty sweet drinks.

Interestingly enough, Hellmuth has been holding some big home poker games of his own in the Silicon Valley area. He has everybody from tech billionaires to NBA stars drop by his house to play a few hands. And despite his own poker skills, Hellmuth sometimes gets the worst of it.

He recently spoke about a $180k flip that he lost to an unnamed player. Hellmuth also talked about losing around $35k to current Boston Celtics forward David Lee once too. Assuming you win the Twitter contest he’s holding, the Poker Brat would be more than happy to tell you all these stories in person.

Phil Hellmuth chats with TMZ about NBA’s Best Poker Players

Monday, February 2nd, 2015

phil-hellmuth-2014-big-oneTMZ has become infamous for those curbside interviews outside of major L.A. hotspots. And recently, they caught Phil Hellmuth, or rather the Poker Brat jumped in front of the camera when he saw the chance for more publicity. Whatever the case, the 13-time WSOP champion had some interesting comments about both poker as a sport and who the best poker-playing basketball players are. That said, let’s take a quick look at what he had to say on both topics.

Is Poker a Sport?

“Poker is not a sport,” Hellmuth said when asked about the matter. “Like my friends wanna claim it’s a sport and should be in the Olympics. But it’s not a sport, and you don’t need to be in great shape to play.”

When TMZ asked why ESPN airs so many poker events, Hellmuth said that the network recognizes the heavy skill element involved with the game. And so this is where he sees poker fitting in with actual sports like football and basketball.

Who are the Best Athlete/Poker Players?

“David Lee from the Golden State Warriors, I played with him last week and he smashed us for $32,000, he is excellent,” Hellmuth said. But Lee isn’t the only baller whose poker skills have impressed the 50-year-old. Some other Warriors players who Hellmuth name-dropped include Stephon Curry, Klay Thompson and Andrew Bogut. The latter may even be as good as a poker pro, according to Hellmuth.

Outside of the Warriors, the Poker Brat also says that Tony Parker and Tim Duncan are great players. So, it seems as if the defending NBA champions are not only excellent on the basketball courts, but also the felt as well. Listen to Hellmuth’s full interview below:

Phil Hellmuth gives away 11 of his WSOP Bracelets

Thursday, April 10th, 2014

In a day and age where WSOP champs are pawning their gold bracelets off or donating them to charity (Peter Eastgate), Phil Hellmuth is an exception to the norm. The Poker Brat recently tweeted about giving away 11 out of his record 13 WSOP bracelets, as you can see below:

PIC: bye bye WSOP Bracelet #13. Gave #WSOPBracelet13 to my best friend @Chamath. Gave 10 to family, 1 to bestie

WSOP Bracelets: 1 & 12 me, 2 wifey, 3 4 mom dad, 5 sister Ann, 6 bro/law John, 7 8 sons Phillip Nick, 9 10 11 bro Dave sis’s Kerry Molly

I don’t really know a whole lot about Hellmuth’s “sister Ann” or “bro/law John,” so we’ll just skip over that. But one interesting mention in the tweets is Chamath Palihapitiya, a former Facebook VP and current Golden State Warriors co-owner.

I’m not sure that anybody really knew who Hellmuth’s best friend was. After all, he doesn’t exactly pal around with anybody like Antonio Esfandiari and Phil Laak do. However, maybe Palihapitiya being his bestie explains why Hellmuth, a Wisconsin native, loves Golden State so much.

While the Poker Brat’s bracelet giveaway may warm some people’s hearts, Brad Booth definitely isn’t one of them. Still bitter over being a UB superuser victim, and angry over Hellmuth’s part ownership of the company, Booth tweeted the following:

@phil_hellmuth if only the respectable @chamath found out about your inner BullShit at UltimateBet he would never except it – U R A POS PH

Since being taken for $2 million through Russ Hamilton’s UB superuser scam, Booth has continued his downward spiral, owing others tons of money in the process. And one guy that he’s continually blamed in all of this is Hellmuth because the poker legend owned part of UB’s parent company.

Phil Hellmuth was scared before 12th WSOP Bracelet

Monday, June 11th, 2012

When correlating the game of poker and confidence, Phil Hellmuth is one of the first names that comes to mind. After all, the Poker Brat has spent his career berating other players for their mistakes and giving them lessons on how to play better. So it’s quite surprising when he admitted to being fearful as he crept closer towards a record-extending 12th WSOP gold bracelet.

Although Hellmuth did accomplish his goal of winning the 2012 WSOP Event #18 Seven Card Razz tournament, he expressed his fears by saying, “Fear set in a couple of times. When he (Don Zewin) made a nice run, I was like, ‘oh my god, not again,’ and I said, ‘no, eliminate all negative thoughts and just focus on playing great.” He added, “I was just thinking one thing, ‘play perfect poker,’ and pushing all the negative thoughts out of my head. I just wanted to win.”

It’s understandable that Hellmuth had plenty of negative thoughts since he finished second place in three different 2011 WSOP tournaments. However, this time was different since he was able to defeat Zewin heads-up and pull off the victory.

The Poker Brat explained this by saying, “Zewin’s a great player – he’s been a professional cash game player since the 80’s. When it was me and Chan heads-up at the final table, he finished third in ‘89 in the Main Event. I’ve been playing with him for decades – he’s just tough as nails, and he’s not going to give anything away.”

As cocky as Hellmuth can be, it’s also nice to see him prove all of the critics wrong who’d said the game passed him by years ago. It’s still clear that the Wisconsin native has plenty of poker skills, and he’s going to remain a force in the game for years to come.

Brad Booth calls out Phil Hellmuth over UB

Wednesday, February 15th, 2012

Several years ago, Brad Booth was at the top of the poker world since he was one of the richest and most respected players on the planet. And it didn’t hurt matters that “Yukon Brad” had an interesting back story to go along with all of his success that included grinding in the tiny Yukon Territory town of Whitehorse.

But these days, he is simply known as a has-been who lost his fortune due to bankroll mis-mangement and the UB superuser scandal. The latter ended up costing Booth over $2 million, and he cites this as the reason for a downward spiral that caused him to question his playing style and lose lots more money.

Keeping all of this in mind, Booth refuses to drop the UB scandal, and is going after anybody who knew about/was involved with this injustice. The 35-year-old has taken his story to the TwoPlusTwo forum recently so he can bring more light to the situation. He made the following post, which directly mentions Phil Hellmuth and Russ Hamilton:

I didn’t expect to hear from Russ, and it has thrown me for a little loooop- i was supposed to meet face to face with him the other night, but he backed out the 11thhour— sick riv.

on another note– they couldn’t offer me 5 million dollars tomorrow to keep my mouth shut…i will NEVER sell out to myself or the Poker community- the guys involved need to be held accountable…. no more free passes- Now lets start listening to the people that actually have investigated this stuff !

i also had a 45min convo with Phil Hellmuth the other night– i believe he owes and has some explaining to do to the Poker Community– lets ask him for some clarity

Judging from his words, it doesn’t appear as if Booth thinks Hellmuth is a superuser or anything like that. However, he does believe that the Poker Brat knows more to the story and needs to let the poker community know everything.