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Phil Hellmuth – Record WSOP Winner

As far as tournament players go, CV’s don’t get better than Hellmuth’s.  In 2006 (aged 42) Hellmuth joined Johnny Chan and Doyle Brunson as one of only three players in the history of poker to win 10 WSOPs.  The following year however, Hellmuth seized the opportunity to break the record and is now sits alone as the winner of a record 11 WSOP tournament bracelets. At the moment, Phil is the 8th highest paid player in poker with tournament winnings of $8,800,000.

Name: Phil Hellmuth Jr
Location: Palo Alto, CA, United States
Cashes: 143
Total Winnings: $8,840,804
First Place Finishes: 20
WSOP Bracelets: 11
WPT Bracelets: 0

Hellmuth the PokerBrat

Nicknamed the pokerbrat, for his immature, rambunctious and often ill-mannered jibes at opponents, Hellmuth has never been the most-liked character per se in poker. However that being said, he has still contributed to the world of poker some of the greatest phrases and moments in history. During the 2005 WSOP Main Event Hellmuth shouted “I can dodge bullets baby!” after successfully laying down his AK against pocket Aces.  Other memorable moments include Hellmuth’s obnoxious yet comical quote to reporter’s “If luck weren’t involved, I guess I’d win every tournament”.

Poker Tournament Limitations?

You’re probably wondering why Hellmuth isn’t talked up as much as Ivey in recent times.  And the reason is that despite Phil’s illustrious list of achievements in live tournament poker, he still only ranks 9th in the all time WSOP money list, and hasn’t won a major tournament since 2007.  At the 2008 WSOP Hellmuth finished 45th out of the 6,844 entrants.

Another reason some people claim Ivey is a better tournament player is because all of Hellmuth’s WSOP victories have come in Texas Holdem Events (with only a select few coming in the Limit game variety).  Compare this to Ivey’s ability to dominate the Holdem, 7 Card Stud and Omaha tournament fields at the WSOP and we have a contrast.  However this being said (and what Hellmuth will probably jump at the chance to point out), his conquest of live poker tournaments in the WSOP, along with 11 money finishes at the WPT, and the 2005 National Poker Heads-Up Championship Title makse Hellmuth an indisputable scion in tournament poker.  Love him or hate him, Hellmuth is the world’s finest No Limit tournament poker player.


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