PokerPlayer Top 5: Phil Hellmuth moments

Searching for positive Phil Hellmuth videos on the internet isn’t as easy as you might think – he’s called the Poker Brat for a reason! A quick browse generally leads to pages and pages of blow-ups and rants, with only a few great bluffs or hero calls thrown in for good measure.  

Yet as much as we like to laugh in the PokerPlayer office, sometimes it’s nice to focus on the good moments too. With the World Series of Poker just around the corner (you must be as excited as we are?!), we thought we’d take a look at some great moments from the WSOP’s greatest player of all time…

5. Phil Hellmuth vs. Beth Shak & Brett Richey – WSOP 2007, $3,000 No-Limit Hold’em  

Imagine getting pocket Aces all-in preflop at a WSOP final table and NOT being ahead. The Poker Brat had to console himself with chopping up Brett Richey’s stack with Beth Shak in an incredible coup.

Hellmuth has made a record 49 final tables at the WSOP, and went on to finish sixth in this event for  $76,464…

4. Phil Hellmuth vs. Sammy Farha – High Stakes Poker

OK so it’s not from the WSOP but here’s a great hand from High Stakes Poker which Phil actually WINS. With not always the best record on this type of show, here’s proof that even Hellmuth gets a bit fortunate now and again…

3. Phil Hellmuth vs. Mike Matusow – High Stakes Poker

Another successful hand from High Stakes Poker where the 7-2 game is in full swing. What the Mouth is doing folding Kings is anyone’s guess…  

2. Phil Hellmuth vs. Johnny Chan – WSOP 1989 Main Event

Old school poker alert! Hellmuth became the youngest ever WSOP Main Event champion in 1989 (until Peter Eastgate took that record from him), defeating Johnny Chan heads-up at Binions.

It wasn’t a seven-figure payday back then but just look at his happy face…

1. Phil Hellmuth vs. Sergii Baranov – WSOPE 2012 Main Event

Just when the poker world thought Hellmuth had lost his touch, 2012 came along to prove everyone wrong. Hot on the heels of a fourth place in the Big One for One Drop ($2,645,333) was this victory, in what Phil called his ‘finest ever tournament’…


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