Phil Hellmuth is one of the best-known professional poker players out there. Also known as the Poker Brat, he has been surprising poker fans with phenomenal gameplay for thirty years now. He won his first big event in 1989 when he was only 24 years old. It was then that he became the youngest winner of World Series of Poker and stayed that way for almost 20 years.
Phil Hellmuth was born and grew up in Madison, Wisconsin in 1964. Before becoming a professional poker player, he was a student at UW, where he learned to play poker for the first time. Having won some local poker games, he dropped out of the University in favour of poker. This decision literally paid out as he’s won more than 21 million dollars at live poker tournaments since.
Aside from enjoying success in professional poker, Phil has become an entrepreneur and has several companies related to publishing, casino games, real estate and clothing. He often appears in poker-related TV shows and has released a few books about poker. Here’s a little more on his victories as a professional.
The Poker Brat is best known for holding the record number of World Series of Poker (WSOP) bracelets. One of them was won in the European tournament in 2012. He’s won this top-class tournament award fourteen times, the last one just a few years ago. Here are his winning years: 1989, 1992, 1993 (3x), 1997, 2001, 2003 (2x), 2006, 2007, and 2012 (2x), 2015. While his successes aren’t evenly spread in time, Hellmuth remains one of the most active players in the sport.
He’s also the holder of many other records related to poker. He has the world record for most cash finishes at WSOP, which amount to 128. He’s also participated in most final tables at WSOP tournaments, which now stand at 57. More than 20 of these instances include non-Hold ‘em poker games such as Seven Card Stud, H.O.R.S.E. and Pot Limit Omaha.
1993 was an especially successful year for the Poker Brat as he claimed three bracelets and a runner-up finish. This brought him a world record for making so many wins in a single year. Considering all these successes and the player’s skill, it isn’t surprising that Phil joined the World Series of Poker Hall of Fame in 2007.
Phil Hellmuth is popular for his Poker Brat personality as well as his participation in big events. He’s a competitive character and often goes ever the edge, especially after losing a round. This has even got him suspended from the game a few times before, but many people like him even more for being entertaining to watch.
On the other hand, his hot temper is outweighed by various charities and fundraising campaigns. Phil has raised over $20 million over the years and contributed to Children hospitals, people with special needs, developing villages in poor countries and others. The Poker Brat continues to play poker today, hoping to secure his status as the best poker player of all time.