Phil Hellmuth Biography



Phil Hellmuth Jr., aka The Poker Brat, was born on July 16, 1964, in Madison, Wisconsin. He grew up with four brothers and one sister. In his early years he was very school orientated. He would always do his homework and other school related assignments. After his he graduated high school he decided to attend The University of Wisconsin. Here is where his career began. He would play cash games at very low stakes just as a hobby. Little did he know that his hobby would turn into one of the most prestigious poker careers ever.

Phil would play in tournaments several times a week. From this he almost perfected his poker game. He went from small buy-in tournaments to big, and his game and bankroll excelled as well. He dropped out of college and managed to pay all of his loans and debts with 20,000 left in his pocket. After this, Phil knew where he had to go - Vegas.

Unfortunately he lost all of his bankroll in a matter of weeks playing various casino games. But this only fueled him even more. He returned home to build his bankroll bigger than ever. With a new bankroll and a new found confidence set Phil arrived at Vegas once more. Despite his parents' disapproval of him becoming a professionally poker player, he decided to continue. In his first tournament he finished fifth in 7 Card Stud. The next year he played in his first Main Event. Although he finished 33rd, he was only 23 and had his whole career ahead of him.

The very next year, 1989, Phil wrote history. He had defeated the only back to back Main Event winner ever, Johnny Chan. He won over $700,000. The victory also put him in the Hall of Fame as the youngest player ever to win a bracelet. Phil's parents finally supported his profession and his career shot up.

The Poker Brat currently has 11 bracelets which are the most out of any poker player living or dead. In 1996 he was voted the best poker player in the world by his peers. Although he has earned great respect, many players do not like him. This is due to his "blow ups" after a bad beat. His nickname stems from his relentless words and his snobby attitude. Perhaps his most famous line: "If luck weren't involved, I guess I'd win every one."

Away from the poker table Phil makes even more money writing books, making appearances and owning his own online poker site. He makes an estimated 400 million a year from these. Phil even has his own clothing line. With all he has its not to despise him, but you have to respect what he has accomplished in his life so far.