Phil Hellmuth

Phil Hellmuth

  • Phil Hellmuth is a professional poker player from the United States and a member of World Series of Poker’s Hall of Fame.
  • His nickname is “The Poker Brat”.
  • At the time of writing, Hellmuth has captured 14 World Series of Poker (WSOP) bracelets. Two of these are from WSOP Main Event; he won his first in 1989 and his second in 2012.
  • As of March 2015, Hellmuth’s wins from live poker tournaments is nearly $18.3 million and he is found on place #7 on the all-time money list.
  • Hellmuth’s highest ranking ever on the Global Poker Index was #4, a feat accomplished in December 2012.
  • Hellmuth appeared in season 1, 4 and 6 of GNS’s cash game show High Stakes Poker.
  • Hellmuth is one of the co-creator’s of the original poker software for UltimateBet. He used to be a member of Team UB.
  • In addition to playing poker, Hellmuth is also a poker writer, having penned several books. (You can read more about them further down on this page.) He is also a writer for the Cardplayer Magazine.
  • Hellmuth has made several instructional poker videos. Two of the most well-known ones are the “Ultimate White to Black Belt Course” and “Phil Hellmuth’s Million Dollar Poker System”.
  • Together with Oasys Mobile, Hellmuth has created the mobile app “Texas Hold’em by Phil Hellmuth”.
  • Hellmuth is a poker coach on Fox Sports “Best Damn Poker Show”.
  • In 2006, Hellmuth replaced Phil Gordon as commentator for Bravo’s “Celebrity Poker Showdown”.
  • Hellmuth was a regular player in the TV-show “Poker After Dark”, and sometimes he was featured as a drop-in commentator. He won his first Poker After Dark tournament in the first episode of the third season.
  • Hellmuth was the champion of the show “Late Night Poker’s” third season.
  • Hellmuth won the Poker EM 7-Card Stud Main Event in Austria in the year 200. This is arguably the largest 7-Card Stud tournament in the world.

Phil Hellmuth personal life

Philip Jerome Hellmuth, Jr. was born in Madison, Wisconsin on July 16, 1964. He attended the Madison West High School and the University of Wisconsin-Madison. After three years at university, the left for a full-time poker career.

Phil Hellmuth is married to Katherine Sanborn, a psychiatrist at the Standford University. They have two sons: Philip III and Nicholas. The family lives in Palo Alto, California.

Phil Hellmuth and the World Series of Poker

  • As mentioned above, Hellmuth has won the WSOP Main Event twice, and he has also won twelve other WSOP tournaments.
  • Twelve of Hellmuth’s WSOP bracelets are from Texas Hold’em tournaments.
  • Hellmuth holds the record for the most WSOP cashed. At the time of writing, he has cashed 108 times.
  • Hellmuth holds the record for the most WSOP final tables. At the time of writing, he has reached 52 WSOP final tables. This is enough for a fourth place on the WSOP All Time Money List. (Antonio Esfandiari is #1, Daniel Colman #2 and Daniel Negreanu #3.)
  • Even though 12 of Hellmuth’s 14 WSOP bracelets are from Texas Hold’em tournaments, he has reached the final table in a great variety of WSOP tournaments, including Omaha, Seven Card Razz, Seven Card Stud HiLo, 2-7 Lowball, and H.O.R.S.E tournaments.
  • The very first time Hellmuth reached a WSOP final table was also the very first time he cashed at WSOP. This milestone was a Seven Card Stud HiLo tournament included in the 1988 WSOP.
  • At the time of writing, Hellmuth has won over $12 million at the World Series of Poker.
  • Hellmuth has gotten to the money in seven WSOP Main Events. (He cashed in the WSOP Main Event of 1988, 1989, 1997, 2001, 2003, 2008, and 2009.) This places him on place #5 on the list of number of cashes from WSOP Main Events, behind Berry Johnston (ten cashes), Humberto Brenes, Doyle Brunson, and Bobby Baldwin (nine cashes each).
  • When Phil Hellmuth won the World Series of Poker (WSOP) Main Event in 1989, he was only 24 years old. Heads-up stood between the youngster and two-time defending champion Johnny Chan. By winning over Chan, Hellmuth became the youngest WSOP Main Event winner so far. His record for being the youngest player ever to win the WSOP Main Event held up for almost ten years; in 2008 it was broken by Peter Eastgate.

Phil Hellmuth’s World Series of Poker (Las Vegas) bracelet victories 1989 – 2015



Prize (USD)

1989 $10,000 No Limit Hold’em World Championship $755,000
1992 $5,000 Limit Hold’em $168,000
1993 $1,500 No Limit Hold’em $161,400
1993 $2,500 No Limit Hold’em $173,000
1993 $5,000 Limit Hold’em $138,000
1997 $3,000 Pot Limit Hold’em $204,000
2001 $2,000 No Limit Hold’em $316,550
2003 $2,500 Limit Hold’em $171,400
2003 $3,000 No Limit Hold’em $410,860
2006 $1,000 No Limit Hold’em with rebuys $631,863
2007 $1,500 No Limit Hold’em $637,254
2012 $2,500 Seven-Card Razz $182,793
2015 $10,000 Seven-Card Razz $271,105

Phil Hellmuth’s World Series of Poker Europe bracelet victories 1989 – 2015

Year Tournament Prize (EUR)
2012 €10,450 No Limit Hold’em Main Event €1,022,376

Examples of books by Phil Hellmuth

  • Phil Hellmuth Presents Read ‘Em and Reap: A Career FBI Agent’s Guide to Decoding Poker Tells
  • Phil Hellmuth’s Texas Hold ‘Em
  • Bad Beats and Lucky Draws: Poker Strategies, Winning Hands, and Stories from the Professional Poker Tour
  • Play Poker Like the Pros: The Greatest Poker Player in the World Today Reveals His Million-Dollar-Winning Strategies to the Most Popular Tournaments, Home and Online Games