When it comes to living poker legends, there are not many that are as successful, vibrant and sometimes over passionate as Phil Hellmuth. This is the man that this year celebrated his 25th anniversary of playing in World Series Of Poker events and also notched up his 100th cash in one of them. When anyone thinks about Hellmuth, they think about records and achievements that he holds. The 100 cashes is certainly one record he will be proud of, but certainly not as proud as he is to be at the top of the WSOP bracelet counts after amassing a record 13 of them throughout his career.
He first won a WSOP bracelet in 1989 before many of today’s top players were even born. He took down the Main Event after seeing off Johnny Chan heads up, when his opponent was also chasing a record of winning the event three years in a row. That win was the first and probably the best of his 13 bracelet wins, but we are sure it is followed very closely by his latest when he took down the WSOP Europe Main Event last year for his biggest ever single payout of €1,022,376. This brings him up to around $18 million in career earnings and in third place on the all-time earnings list. Many would argue though that the two players ahead of him in Antonio Esfandiari and Sam Trickett, are only there because of one huge $1 million buy-in event known as the “The Big One For One Drop” in which they finished first and second respectively. What is surprising is that most of his success has come in the World Series of Poker alone and despite making a few final tables on the World Poker Tour, he has yet to take down a title. Phil Hellmuth has always been a player that thrives in a little showboating, turning up for major events in costumes with an entourage of beautiful girls following directly behind him. This has been one of his traits over the many years and just shows how seriously he takes the event, much like the way boxers do.
When in Venice, do as the Venetians do! Where a mask, take a gondola, where a black cape, sport a black cane…Video in my last tweet! — phil_hellmuth (@phil_hellmuth) July 23, 2013
There is no question that Hellmuth is the most successful poker player of all time, especially when it obviously comes to the WSOP, but is the 13 bracelets a record that will stand time? We are not so sure with the ever increasing amount of bracelets on offer each year but it is definitely a record that should stand for a good many years just yet.