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Phil Hellmuth – The Poker Brat
“Look honey, I was supposed to go broke on that hand. But, they forgot one thing; I can dodge bullets baby.”
Phil Hellmuth, after folding a ‘big hand’, two-pair, Aces over Fours at the World Series opf Poker in 2005. He stood up and made this statement after his opponent showed the table a better Full House.
Phil Hellmuth is known to BLOW HIS TOP! Here is perhaps his most famous tirade:
“The Guy Can’t Even Spell Poker!”
High stakes tournament poker is tough. The pressure is intense and when you couple that with the millions of dollars up for grabs emotions run high. Phil Hellmuth sometimes, despite his best intentions, blows up, frustrated when the action doesn’t go his way. It’s happened countless times and has polarized him as one of the most controversial World Champions ever.
One of his most infamous blow-ups happened in 2005, at the Main Event of the World Series of Poker. His nemesis was a player to his right named Jim Pittman, a fireman, who bet and, after being raised by Hellmuth, who at the time had 9 bracelets to his name, went all-in. Hellmuth could not get his chips in the pot quick enough, as if he knew Pittman was dominated, and turned over his Ace King. Pittman sheepishly rolled over King Jack, a big underdog, and watched as the ‘flop’ (first three community cards) brought no help, nor the ‘turn’ (the fourth). However, a Jack came on the ‘river’ (fifth and final community card) to bail Pittman out and send Hellmuth on one of his, now infamous, tirades. When Just as ESPN broadcaster Lon Macheran announced, “Oh, it’s a Jack! That is a bad beat and Pittman steals the pot,” Hellmuth stood up and went ballistic:
“This freakin’ donkey sticks $15,000 in the middle with King Jack. The guy can’t even spell
poker. I re-raised to let him know what I had. You peeled a Jack off for the sucker; he doesn’t know how to fold a hand. Some of the worst players in the world, I can’t believe this is the World Series of Poker. I threw away all those hands just to make it look like they could move in on me. What a terrible play! If I ever stick my money in with King Jack, but of course that’ll never happen in a million years.”
Pittman interjected, “I’ve seen worse.’
“Not from me buddy, that’s why I’m the 9-time World Champion of poker because I always have the best hand. You found a Jack for the ‘live’ one huh?”
A demoralized Hellmuth walked over to the crowd and his wife Cathy, telling her, “the guy’s trying to catch a flight.’ He was eliminated a short time later by legendary backgammon player and well-known poker pro Paul Magriel, when MaGriel’s pair of 7’s bested his Ace Queen. As he left the playing area, Hellmuth looked back at the table and muttered, “That maniac put all that money with two 7’s honey, did you see that? Two seven’s! That’s about the worst hour of poker in my life. I knew MaGriel was going to go off like that too, sevens! Some of the worst players in the world around here, I mean you think I could catch a break?”
The Moneymaker Effect
The Moneymaker Effect
Christopher Brian Moneymaker grew up in Knoxville and earned his Masters’ Degree from the University of Tennessee. He became an accountant and settled into a ‘normal’ life with his wife Christina and daughter Ashley. Just an ordinary guy, with an ordinary job and a regular life, but because of him the game of poker, and all online gaming for that matter, EXPLODED!
On weekdays Moneymaker would crunch numbers, on weekends he worked at a local restaurant. One day, alone at home in his basement, Moneymaker entered a $39 online poker tournament. It was his first ever. In that moment, that single, solitary, decision to retire to his basement and play an online multi-table tournament would change his life and revolutionize the game forever.
Low and behold, he won the event and qualified for the World Series of Poker in Las Vegas. He soon found himself sitting across the table from the likes of Phil Hellmuth, Daniel Negreanu, Doyle Brunson, who between them have 27 gold bracelets. 27! This wasn’t his basement, no; this was the big time; bright lights, television cameras, huge purse and the lustre of being crowned the best poker player on the planet.
The year was 2003, 838 runners ponied up the $10,000 entry fee and three days later, Moneymaker found himself heads-up against the smooth-talking hustler Sammy Farha, who always played with an unlit cigarette dangling from his mouth. Although Farha was short on chips, those in the know still had him as a huge favorite to win. As fate would have it, Farha failed to call a massive bluff by Moneymaker, a hand that would have given Farha the chip lead, and a few hands later it was all over, Chris’s full house bettering Sammy’s pair of Jacks.
Initial investment – $39, total winnings – $2.5 million! How’s that for a parlay? Poker stardom, television commercials, sponsors, books would follow. “If he can do it so can I,” others said to themselves. The following year there were more than 2500 players in the World Championship, at the WSOP, the main event attracted. The year after that 6000 people anted up and in 2006 an astounding 9600 entered. It’s become known as the “Moneymaker Effect.”
The poker boom hit like a ton of bricks; television shows, big online site sponsorships, player signings, endorsement deals, a myriad of book releases. Companies like Poker Stars, Full Tilt and Ultimate Bet became part of mainstream vernacular. There were a litany of strategy articles, poker forums, blogs, and social media platforms like facebook and twitter have certainly swelled with a ton of poker content – all because an accountant from Knoxville was bored one Saturday afternoon.
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