Phil Hellmuth is famous for his frequent outbursts and is widely regarded as one of the most temperamental poker players in the world. He also has a reputation for being an accomplished heads-up player and that’s why it is refreshing to know that he got into the EPT Heads Up Event at the last possible moment. Apparently, a fellow poker player who looks up to Phil decided to sell his seat for a cool £1300 and now the multiple WSOP bracelet holder has a good chance of adding another trophy to his collection.
Paid @Andrexpuppy2p2 £1300 & 10% of me for his £1100 seat in EPT Heads Up Tourney. Field capped at 32, so I paid premium: won 1st match
— phil_hellmuth (@phil_hellmuth) October 9, 2013
There are plenty of reasons for why poker players choose not to compete in a particular tournament and instead sell their seat. On this particular occasion, Daniel Haskett thought that giving his seat to Hellmuth is a win-win situation as he holds Phil in high regard. Obviously, this was not a gift and Hellmuth had to pay £1300 for a tournament where the buy-in was just £1100, but for the poker professionals these are simply details. He won the first match while Daniel won an easy £200 and got to talk about this transaction on Twitter, hence step into the spotlight, even if for only a brief period of time.
sold my 1100 pound ukipt hu seat to @phil_hellmuth today not every day you get to meet one of your heroes!
— Daniel Heskett (@Andrexpuppy2p2) October 9, 2013
It comes as no surprise that Phil was adamant in purchasing a seat to this tournament, as he recently suffered an untimely elimination from the European Poker Tour London Main event. Everything was going smoothly but two days ago he shoved all his chips and unfortunately the board was unkind. For a brief period of time he contemplated the possibility of buying into the £2,000 NLHold, but apparently he found it more profitable to buy an entry for the EPT Heads Up Event.
Out of #EPTLondonME, I may hop into 2,000 Pound NLHold’em side tourn. What else am I gonna do? My next tourn is the 10KP NLHold’em Thurs
— phil_hellmuth (@phil_hellmuth) October 8, 2013