Phil Hellmuth Featured in the Wall Street Journal

The King of self-promotion (and the winner of some 14 WSOP gold bracelets including both the WSOP and WSOPE Main Events) Phil "The Poker Brat" Hellmuth is making headlines yet again, making an appearance in Friday's edition of The Wall Street Journal, the USA's most widely distributed daily newspaper,

It's been 28 years since Phil Hellmuth burst onto the poker scene by winning the WSOP Main Event at the age of just 24, and ever since then he's been grabbing the headlines, either for his many, many "Poker Brat" blow-ups at the poker table, for his endless name-dropping of his very many A-Z list celebrity buddies, or for MC'ing at som every successful charity events (for which, it is revealed, he can get paid up to $50,000 a night!)

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Above: Phil with some of his celeb pals after hosting this year's "Tiger Jam" charity event. L-R; Phil Hellmuth, Andy Roddick, Tiger Woods, Chris Harrison

Hats off to Hellmuth, as despite all the many haters and the exponential increase in poker talent since Hellmuth began his poker odyssey, he is still chasing the poker dream on the table as well as fame and fortune off it, and the release of his autobiography, "The Poker Brat" last month was reason enough for the WSJ to run a profile on the 53 year old WSOP legend.

The article gives a brief overview of Hellmuth's poker resume (14 WSOP titles, $21m in live tourney earnings), and a little of his background prior to poker - nothing that the serious poker fan won't already have heard on any number of occasions. How "Mr Hellmuth" (as he is repeatedly referred to in the article) upset his academically high-flying father (PhD, J.D, & MBA) by pursuing a career as a professional poker player, allegedly telling his son, "There’s no such thing as being a professional poker player, that’s like being a drug dealer.” before winning him over by becoming the youngest ever (at the time) winner of the Main Event in 1989.

Regarding his infamous "Poker Brat" expletive-strewn rants (many of which have been caught by the TV cameras and are easy enough to find on YouTube), Hellmuth thinks he has succeeded in becoming calmer, in part by focusing on the game in front of him rather than what happened earlier, then realises that perhaps not as much as he'd like when he says, “I talk about how I’ve changed,but then I still lose it.” - We wouldn't have it any other way Phil!

You can read the WSJ article in full here

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