He's undeniably a great player and may be one of the very best. In Play Poker Like the Pros Hellmuth credits an uncommon ability to read opponents for much of his success. Notwithstanding his reputation for arrogance, he does possess a tendency to self-criticize.
However, he has a propensity to melt down emotionally and become verbally abusive when luck goes against him, and has been known to lose matches after tilting badly. Like many players who are successful in their reliance on psychology and reads, he has a tendency to overestimate his psychological mastery and make some decisions that are unwarranted by the cards.
- "If it wasn't for luck, I would win every one."
- "I can dodge bullets, baby!"
Hellmuth in the media Edit
Phil is currently (2006) the "poker expert host" on Bravo's Celebrity Poker Showdown.
His middle initial is J. Reportedly, his middle name is "Jerome".
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