Phil Hellmuth

  • Birthdate: July 16, 1964
  • Birthplace: Madison, Wisconsin, USA
  • Resides: Palo Alto, California, USA
  • Nickname: Poker Brat

World Series of Poker Phil Hellmuth

In 1989, at just 24 years of age, Phil Hellmuth, Jr. announced himself on the professional poker scene, becoming the youngest player ever to win the World Series of Poker (WSOP) Main Event.

Hellmuth holds the record for the most bracelets won at the WSOP. “Poker Brat” won his record-breaking 11th bracelet at the 2007 WSOP $1,500 No-Limit Hold’em Event.

Hellmuth is a member of an exclusive club – players who have won multiple bracelets in a World Series year. In 1993 he won three bracelets, picking up another two in 2003.

Hellmuth, a member of the Poker Hall of Fame, has cashed 63 times (another record), at the WSOP earnings of $5.65 million, placing him 7th on the WSOP All-Time Money List. He also shares the record for most WSOP final table appearances with TJ Cloutier, both having achieved this 39 times.

World Poker Tour

In the World Poker Tour (WPT), Hellmuth is yet to win a tournament, with his best showing being a third place finish at the $10,000 No-Limit Hold’em WPT Event at the 2003 World Poker Finals. However, his WPT career earnings to date exceed $5 million.

Other Poker Tournaments

  • Hellmuth is the Season 3 champion of Late Night Poker.
  • In 2005, he won the first National Heads-Up Poker Championship.
  • By 2007, Hellmuth had amassed total live tournament winnings in excess of $10 million, placing him 3rd on the All-Time Money List, behind Jamie Gold and Joe Hachem.

Phil Hellmuth Trivia

  • His first bracelet is also his most lucrative to date, earning him $755 000
  • All of Hellmuth’s 11 bracelets come from Hold’em events
  • He was inducted into the Poker Hall of Fame in 2007 at the age of 42
  • Hellmuth convinced his wife, Katherine Sanborn, to play in the Ladies’ Event of the 2005 World Series of Poker, where she was eliminated by eventual champion Jennifer Tilly
  • He is the author of several poker books and has also made instructional poker videos
  • Hellmuth dropped out of college after 3 years to become a professional poker player
  • His antics during play have earnt him the nickname “Poker Brat”.