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Biography

Phil Hellmuth, Jr. is an American poker player who won the 1989 World Series of Poker (WSOP) Main Event and the 2012 WSOP Europe (WSOPE) Main Event.

He is widely recognized as one of the best tournament poker players in the world, having won a record 15 WSOP bracelets over the course of his career.

Hellmuth is known for his non-stop complaining about bad beats or bad players, earning him the nickname 'The Poker Brat.'

Biography

Hellmuth was born on July 16, 1964 in Madison, Wisconsin and attended his hometown college of the University of Wisconsin-Madison. His college career was cut short though, with Phil dropping out to focus solely on poker after building up a successful bankroll of around $20,000 from playing while in school.

1989 WSOP Main Event

After cashing twice at the 1988 WSOP, the following year, Hellmuth captured the WSOP Main Event title, defeating Johnny Chan heads-up and denying Chan an unprecedented third title in a row.

Aged just 24, Hellmuth also broke the record for youngest Main Event champion, a record previously set by Stu Ungar in 1980.

Phil Hellmuth and the WSOP

Hellmuth had to wait until 1992 to get his second WSOP bracelet, before winning three in 1993. What's more, these three bracelets came in consecutive events on three consecutive days.

Another bracelet followed in 1997, as well as another deep run in the Main Event, finishing 21st. In 2001, Hellmuth won his seventh WSOP bracelet and narrowly missed out on an eighth after a runner-up finish to Scotty Nguyen in the $5,000 Limit Omaha Hi-Lo. He also finished fifth in the WSOP Main Event, the year that Carlos Mortensen was crowned world champion.

Hellmuth won two Hold'em bracelets in 2003, one Limit and one No-Limit, adding another bracelet in 2006, becoming the third player to win 10 bracelets after Johnny Chan and Doyle Brunson (Phil Ivey would add his tenth eight years later)

He would earn his biggest WSOP payday so far in 2007, winning $637,254 in a $1,500 No-Limit Hold'em event.

At this point, all 11 of his bracelets had come in Hold'em events, but in 2012 he won the $2,500 Seven Card Razz for his first non-Hold'em bracelet. This bracelet also meant that he had now won bracelets in four separate decades (1980s-2010s), a feat matched by only Jay Heimowitz and Billy Baxter)

It was this year he also scored the biggest cash of his career, finishing fourth in the inaugural $1,000,000 Big One for One Drop, earning a cool $2.6 million.

2012 WSOP Europe Main Event

Later that same year, Hellmuth travelled to Cannes, France for the sixth World Series of Poker Europe (WSOPE). He made it to the final table of the €10,450 Main Event as chip leader, and eventually defeated Sergii Baranov heads-up to win his 13th bracelet and €1,022,376.

A 15th WSOP Bracelet

Hellmuth would win his 14th bracelet in a $1,500 Seven-Card Razz Event in 2015, extending the record for most WSOP bracelets. In 2018, he won a 15th bracelet in Event #71: $5,000 NLHE

Phil Hellmuth WSOP Bracelets

YearEventPayout (USD)
1989Event #14: $10,000 NLHE WSOP Main Event$755,000
1992Event #8: $5,000 Limit Hold'em$188,000
1993Event #7: $2,500 No-Limit Hold'em$173,000
1993Event #8: $1,500 No-Limit Hold'em$161,400
1997Event #15: $3,000 Pot-Limit Hold'em$204,000
2001Event #5: $2,000 No-Limit Hold'em$316,550
2003Event #12: $2,500 Limit Hold'em$171,400
2003Event #32: $3,000 No-Limit Hold'em$410,860
2006Event #34: $1,000 No-Limit Hold'em (Rebuy)$631,863
2007Event #15: $1,500 No-Limit Hold'em$637,254
2012Event #18: $2,500 Razz$182,793
2012 (E)Event #7: €10,540 NLHE WSOPE Main Event€1,022,376
2015Event #17: $10,000 Razz Championship$271,105
2018Event #71: $5,000 NLHE$485,082

High Stakes Feud

Phil Hellmuth Daniel Negreanu High Stakes Duel

In 2020, Hellmuth took on Antonio Esfandiari in the very first High Stakes Duel. Over three rounds, Hellmuth complete a hat-trick of victories, taking home $400,000.

In 2021, Hellmuth featured on the second High Stakes Duel and faced off against Daniel Negreanu. Hellmuth won the first round and the second round, with the third round scheduled for June 2021.


Read More: Hellmuth Authors Huge Comeback, Stuns Negreanu in 'High Stakes Duel'


Phil Hellmuth Top Five Poker Cashes

DateEventBuy-inPlacePayout (USD)
July 2012WSOP Big One for One Drop$1,000,0004th$2,645,333
May 2016Super High Roller Bowl$300,0004th$1,600,000
September 2012WSOP Europe Main Event€10,450€1,022,376 
July 2011WSOP Poker Players Championship$50,0002nd$1,063,034
May 1989WSOP Main Event$10,0001st$755,000

Courtesy of The Hendon Mob. Last Updated June 2021

WSOP Main Event Winners 1980-89

YEARENTRIESCHAMPIONCOUNTRYPRIZE
1989178Phil HellmuthUnited States$755,000
1988167Johnny ChanUnited States$700,000
1987152Johnny ChanUnited States$625,000
1986141Berry JohnstonUnited States$570,000
1985140Bill SmithUnited States$700,000
1984132Jack KellerUnited States$660,000
1983108Tom McEvoyUnited States$540,000
1982104Jack StrausUnited States$520,000
198175Stu UngarUnited States$375,000
198073Stu UngarUnited States$385,000

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Covered Events

Event Place Prize
2021 WSOP.com Online Bracelet Events
Event #23: $500 NLH Turbo
52nd $1,156
2021 WSOP.com Online Bracelet Events
Event #14: $500 No-Limit Hold'em
73rd $1,072
2021 WSOP.com Online Bracelet Events
Event #5: $1,000 NLH 8-Max
67th $2,011
2021 WSOP.com Online Bracelet Events
Event #3: $500 NLH Turbo Deepstack
58th $1,368
2021 WSOP.com Online Bracelet Events
Event #1: $500 NLH Big 500 Kick-Off
141st $862
2020 WSOP.com Online Bracelet Events
Event #31: $1,000 No-Limit Hold'em Championship
133rd $2,424
2020 WSOP.com Online Bracelet Events
Event #30: $500 No-Limit Hold'em Senior's Event
67th $842
2020 WSOP.com Online Bracelet Events
Event #25: $500 No-Limit Hold'em Summer Saver
216th $873
2020 WSOP.com Online Bracelet Events
Event #21: $777 No-Limit Hold'em 6-Handed
114th $1,429
2020 WSOP.com Online Bracelet Events
Event #20: $500 PLO 6-Handed
95th $921
2020 WSOP.com Online Bracelet Events
Event #19: $400 No-Limit Hold'em
310th $733
2020 WSOP.com Online Bracelet Events
Event #18: $1,000 No-Limit Hold'em 8-Handed Turbo DeepStack
97th $1,782
2020 WSOP.com Online Bracelet Events
Event #8: $500 No-Limit Hold'em Freezeout
109th $931
2020 WSOP.com Online Bracelet Events
Event #4: $500 No-Limit Hold'em Super Turbo
37th $1,963
2020 WSOP.com Online Bracelet Events
Event #1: $500 No-Limit Hold'em Kick-Off
11th $7,872
2019 World Series of Poker Europe
Event #10: €25,500 Mixed Games Championship
2nd €238,509
2019 World Series of Poker Europe
Event #7: €1,100 Turbo Bounty Hunter No-Limit Hold'em
40th €1,267
2019 World Series of Poker Europe
Event #5: €2,500 8-Game Mix
3rd €31,058
2019 World Series of Poker
Event #89: $5,000 No-Limit Hold'em
6th $94,899
2019 World Series of Poker
Event #84: The Closer - $1,500 No-Limit Hold'em
193rd $3,500
2019 World Series of Poker
Event #82: $1,500 No-Limit Hold'em Double Stack
176th $3,244
2019 World Series of Poker
Event #78: $1,500 Pot-Limit Omaha Bounty
155th $1,416
2019 World Series of Poker
Event #53: $800 No-Limit Hold'em Deepstack
67th $3,904
2019 World Series of Poker
Event #37: $800 No-Limit Hold'em Deepstack
283rd $1,422
2019 World Series of Poker
Event #33: $1,500 Limit 2-7 Lowball Triple Draw
59th $2,263
2019 World Series of Poker
Event #28: $1,000 No-Limit Hold'em
16th $13,830
2019 World Series of Poker
Event #23: $1,500 Eight Game Mix
59th $2,453
2019 World Series of Poker
Event #19: Millionaire Maker - $1,500 No-Limit Hold'em
1242nd $2,324
2019 World Series of Poker
Event #9: $600 No-Limit Hold'em Deepstack
897th $874
2018 World Series of Poker
Event #75: $1,500 The Closer No-Limit Hold'em (30 minute levels) - $1 Million Guarantee
385th $2,321
2018 World Series of Poker
Event #71: $5,000 No-Limit Hold'em (30 minute levels)
1st $485,082
2018 World Series of Poker
Event #53: $1,500 Pot-Limit Omaha Hi-Lo 8 or Better
43rd $4,823
2018 World Series of Poker
Event #39: $1,500 No-Limit Hold'em Shootout
17th $5,227
2018 World Series of Poker
Event #35: $1,500 Mixed Omaha
35th $5,252
2018 World Series of Poker
Event #21: $1,500 No-Limit Hold'em MILLIONAIRE MAKER
715th $2,808
2018 World Series of Poker
Event #3: $3,000 No-Limit Hold'em SHOOTOUT
21st $6,302
2018 US Poker Open
USPO #04 – $25,000 Mixed Game Championship
6th $67,500
2017 World Series of Poker Europe
Event #3: €1,100 No-Limit Hold'em Turbo Bounty Hunter
11th €2,554
2017 WSOP International Circuit King's Casino Rozvadov
Main Event
56th €3,639
2017 Poker Masters
Event #2 $50,000 No-Limit Hold'em
4th $200,000
2017 World Series of Poker
Event #69: $1,500 Razz
6th $19,865
2017 World Series of Poker
Event #48: $10,000 Seven Card Stud Hi-Lo 8 or Better Championship
9th $26,938
2017 World Series of Poker
Event #44: $3,000 H.O.R.S.E.
47th $5,013
2017 World Series of Poker
Event #38: $10,000 Limit Hold'em Championship
16th $15,385
2017 World Series of Poker
Event #37: $1,000 No-Limit Hold'em
249th $1,577
2017 World Series of Poker
Event #13: $1,500 No-Limit 2-7 Lowball Draw
18th $3,572
2017 World Series of Poker
Event #6: High Roller for One Drop - $111,111 No-Limit Hold'em
10th $312,006
2016 Super High Roller Bowl
$300,000 Super High Roller Bowl
4th $1,600,000
2014 World Series of Poker Asia-Pacific
$2,200 Six-Max No-Limit Hold'em
4th 38,909 AUD
2014 World Series of Poker
Event #61: $10,000 Seven-Card Stud Championship
6th $46,885
2014 World Series of Poker
Event #49: $5,000 No-Limit Hold'em
35th $18,318
2014 World Series of Poker
Event #47: $1,500 Ante-Only No-Limit Hold'em
30th $5,397
2014 World Series of Poker
Event #36: $1,500 No-Limit 2-7 Draw Lowball
18th $3,471
2014 World Series of Poker
Event #26: $1,500 No-Limit Hold'em
29th $9,877
2014 World Series of Poker
Event #15: $3,000 Six-Handed No-Limit Hold'em
8th $45,022
2014 World Series of Poker
Event #7: $1,500 Seven-Card Razz
2nd $74,848
2013 World Series of Poker
Event #39: $1,500 Seven-Card Stud Hi-Low 8-or-Better
42nd $3,246
2013 World Series of Poker
Event #35: $3,000 Pot-Limit Omaha
26th $11,915
2013 World Series of Poker
Event #16: $10,000 Heads-Up No-Limit Hold'em
5th $54,024
2012 World Series of Poker Europe
Event #7: €10,450 No-Limit Hold'em Main Event
1st €1,022,376
2012 World Series of Poker Europe
Event #5: €10,450 Mixed Max - No-Limit Hold'em
12th €20,443
2012 World Series of Poker Europe
Event #4: €3,250 No-Limit Hold'em Shootout
12th €5,428
2012 World Series of Poker Europe
Event #1: €2,700 Six-Handed No-Limit Hold'em
24th €4,887
2012 World Series of Poker
Event 55: $1,000,000 Big One for One Drop
4th $2,645,333
2012 World Series of Poker
Event 32: $10,000 H.O.R.S.E.
4th $134,056
2012 World Series of Poker
Event 18: $2,500 Seven Card Razz
1st $182,793
2012 World Series of Poker
Event 15: $5,000 Seven Card Stud Hi-Low Split 8-or-Better
15th $11,637
2012 World Series of Poker
Event 8: $1,500 Omaha Hi-Low Split 8-or-Better
52nd $4,817
2012 World Series of Poker
Event 2: $1,500 No-Limit Hold'em
61st $7,204
2011 World Series of Poker Europe
Event #1: €2,680 Six-Handed No-Limit Hold'em
7th €24,183
2011 World Series of Poker
Event #55: $50,000 Poker Player's Championship
2nd $1,063,034
2011 World Series of Poker
Event #45: $1,000 No-Limit Hold’em
28th $10,560
2011 World Series of Poker
Event #40: $5,000 No-Limit Hold'em / Six Handed
36th $17,270
2011 World Series of Poker
Event #33: $10,000 Seven Card Stud Hi-Low Split-8 or Better Championship
2nd $273,233
2011 World Series of Poker
Event #16: $10,000 2-7 Draw Lowball Championship (No-Limit)
2nd $226,907
2010 World Series of Poker
Event #55: $10,000 Pot-Limit Omaha Championship
15th $39,906
2010 World Series of Poker
Event #41: $1,500 Pot-Limit Omaha Hi-low Split-8 or Better
7th $30,633
2010 World Series of Poker
Event #17: $5,000 No-Limit Hold'em
50th $14,517
2010 World Series of Poker
Event #8: $1,500 No-Limit Hold’em
15th $25,472
2009 World Series of Poker
Event 57 - $10,000 World Championship No Limit Hold'em
436th $25,027
2009 World Series of Poker
Event 56 - $5,000 Six-handed No Limit Hold'em
24th $26,824
2009 World Series of Poker
Event 48 - $1,500 Pot Limit Omaha Hi/Lo 8-or-better
14th $11,347
2009 World Series of Poker
Event 38 - $2,000 Limit Hold'em
17th $8,019
2009 World Series of Poker
Event 11 - $2,000 No Limit Hold'em
29th $12,761
2009 World Series of Poker
Event 34 - $1,500 No Limit Hold'em
113rd $3,231
2009 NBC National Heads-Up Poker Championship
$20,000 Heads-up Championship
6th $75,000
2008 World Series of Poker Europe
Event 2 - £2,500 H.O.R.S.E.
12th £6,188
2008 World Series of Poker
39th Annual World Series of Poker Main Event
45th $154,400
2008 World Series of Poker
Event 51 - $1,500 H.O.R.S.E.
3rd $93,168
2008 World Series of Poker
Event 47 - $1,500 Seven Card Stud Hi/Low
33rd $2,895
2008 World Series of Poker
Event 32 - $1,500 No-Limit Hold'em
71st $6,604
2008 World Series of Poker
Event 28 - $5,000 Pot-Limit Omaha w/ Rebuys
8th $100,292
2007 World Series of Poker
Event 52 - $1,000 No Limit Holdem w/ rebuys
95th $4,840
2007 World Series of Poker
Event 45 - $5,000 No Limit Holdem 6 Handed
31st $13,344
2007 World Series of Poker
Event 34 - $3,000 Limit Holdem
25th $7,761
2007 World Series of Poker
Event 15 - $1,500 No Limit Holdem
1st $637,254
WPT $25,000 Championship - Bellagio
WPT Championship Main Event
18th $123,670