Phil Hellmuth is one of legends on the poker circuit and has achieved a number of impressive achievements during his long poker career. He was the youngest poker pro to win the World Series of Poker (WSOP) Main Event back in 1989 and has so far won a total of 14 WSOP bracelets. He is a member of the Poker Hall of Fame having being inducted in 2007 and is listed in seventh place on the all time career prize money list based on the Hendon Mob.
Hellmuth has had a rather quiet 12 months on the poker circuit and has not won any major tournaments. He took part in the 2016 WSOP Main Event but was unable to make much of an impact and exited the tournament on Day 3, feeling very frustrated with himself. Hellmuth has had a disappointing 2016 WSOP by his standards and managed only three cash-outs which were not very large.
He finished in 45th place in Event 18 which was the $ 3,000 H.O.R.S.E. and took home $5,081; his second cash-out was at Event 20 which was the $10,000 Seven Card Razz Championship where he won $15,464 and his third cash-out was at Event 48 which was the $ 5,000 No Limit Hold’em (30-minute levels) where he finished in 8th place and won $46,553. Hellmuth wanted to have a strong showing at the 2016 WSOP Main Event but it wasn’t to be as he made a couple of mistakes that led to his eventual elimination.
In a statement, Hellmuth said “It was just a very frustrating blind against blind spot. The guy beat me every blind and finally I picked up ace-ten suited, the guy has ace-king, and I lost too much in that hand. The last 25,000 I shouldn’t have lost. That’s my fault. I take responsibility. Do I feel like it was a very unlucky spot? Yes, but it doesn’t matter, I take responsibility for not saving that 25,000. I should have saved it, especially against [2011 WSOP Main Event runner-up] Martin Staszko. I should have just know that and maybe I could have saved 40,000.”
Hellmuth admitted to throwing his iPhone across the room in frustration but would later calm down to say that a player with 14 WSOP bracelets cannot really complaint about the game not being fair. Hellmuth’s total career prize money as of now is over $20 million.