Posts Tagged ‘Hellmuth’
Anyone can pull of a bluff when they don’t think their opponent has a hand and often in that situation you can be bluffing with the best hand. However, making your opponent lay down a hand is something different altogether and making them lay down a full house, forget about it.
With four left in a heat of the PartyPoker Premier League VI it folds to Phil Hellmuth in the small blind and he just limps for 16,000 with Ks-9s, Daniel Negreanu min-raises to 32,000 with 8s-6c and Hellmuth just calls. This establishes three crucial parts of the dynamic of this hand. Firstly Negreanu has the betting lead, secondly he has reinforced the fact he has position and thirdly it makes it more likely for him to have an ace in his range than if he’d just checked.
“This is one of those weird hands,” says Hellmuth who checks dark (making it even weirder) even before the Ac-As-Kd flop fall onto the felt. A check behind by Negreanu sees Hellmuth continue his passive line checking dark again only to see the 9c roll off on the turn. Another check by Negreanu and this hand looks to fizzling out fast.
The 9d river sees Hellmuth say, “Now I have to bet something,” and he fires out a small bet of 20,000 into a pot of 84,000. Negreanu knowing that Hellmuth doesn’t have an ace, also knowing that Hellmuth can make big laydowns and knowing that Hellmuth knows it’s possible that Negreanu has an ace, judges his man perfectly and slides out a raise to 140,000. “It’s bluff or ace,” says Phil Laak in the commentary box. The Poker Brat leans towards the latter and Hellmuth damn near insta-folds, “just bad luck,” says Kid Poker to him, but it was anything but.
5 tips on how to pull off the perfect bluff
So what can we learn about bluffing in a wider context from this hand that might just be added to the bulging file of ‘hands that make fun of Phil Helmuth?’
1) Your bluff, like a good lie, must make sense.
2) Bluffing is easier in position as you have more information with which to make a decision.
3) You must know your opponent when making a bluff. You can’t bluff a calling station as they won’t fold anything.
4) Remember that when you break it down a bluff is a bet designed to make a better hand fold. So you must credibly be able to represent a hand better than the one you’re hoping to make fold.
5) Bluffs work better against one opponent. The more opponents in a hand against you the more likely it is someone has a hand, so you bluff less frequently.
What are you best tips for bluffing? Let us know in the comments below.
Despite having won a record 13 World Series of Poker bracelets, including Main Event titles, and almost $ 18 million from live poker tournaments, Phil Hellmuth is best known for his rants and blow-ups at the table.
The self-proclaimed “Poker Brat,” has such a high opinion of himself that he once said that if it wasn’t for the luck element in poker he would win every tournament he entered. As Hellmuth is so highly strung and has such a high opinion of himself – and a low opinion of his opponent’s skill level – when he loses a key pot he is prone to explode into a barrage of F-bombs and other expletives. Here we take a look at six of the best Hellmuth blow-ups of all time.
Hellmuth Blows Up on Poker After Dark
This clip is classic Hellmuth. He starts the hand in front but then commits his stack when he is way behind, yet still managed to blame David “Viffer” Peat for his mistake. Notice how Antonio Esfandiari finds Hellmuths rants hilarious!
“This Guy Can’t Even Spell Poker!”
This next clip is one of Hellmuth’s most famous outbursts. Alongside his infamous “I dodge bullets, baby” outcry when he folded a strong hand only to be shown pocket aces by his opponent, this little Hellmuth gem has been used over and over again by members of the poker community. Apologies for the poor video quality.
Howard Lederer Sucks Out on Hellmuth
If you watch this clip you can see the volcano in Hellmuth start to slowly erupt as he loses and busts out of the tournament. On the outside he seems calm and collected as he shakes the hands of his former opponents, but we know something dark is brewing inside. As he walks away he can’t help himself and another Hellmuth rant is born.
Hellmuth Unhappy With Negreanu’s Play
Despite getting his money in badly preflop, on the flop, on the turn and then on the river, Hellmuth seems to think that Daniel Negreanu was the one who misplayed his hand and cost him the $ 165,700 pot. Well played Hellmuth, well played.
Hellmuth versus Dwan Heads-Up
The Hellmuth versus Tom Dwan match at the NBC National Heads Up Poker championships was one of the most eagerly anticipated matches of all the brackets, mainly because the poker community wanted to see Dwan bamboozle Hellmuth with his vastly superior heads-up skills.
The pair get it all in preflop early in the match, Hellmuth with pocket aces against the tens of Dwan and when Dwan spikes a third ten on the turn Hellmuth is not impressed and gives Dwan a lecture on how to play poker!
“The worst player in history!”
If you do not play exactly how Hellmuth thinks you should then you are setting yourself up for trouble. When Cristian Dragmomir called Hellmuth’s three-bet with ten-four, won a pot and then showed his meagre holding, Hellmuth erupted into what is a classic and legendary Hellmuth rant!
Let us know what your favourite Hellmuth rants – or any other player for that matter – in the comments box.
Classic YouTube Best Poker Clips – More WSOP Golden Moments with Phil Hellmuth, Greg Merson and Filippo Candio Caught in a Major Blow Up!
We’re back with more Classical YouTube Best Poker Clips and this week’s round-up features one of the most famous hands in history at least for Phil Hellmuth that is, one of the end of the longest Heads Up ever in WSOP Main Event History and one of the funniest and emotional outbursts in poker ever!
1 – It’s the 1989 World Poker Series Final Table and Phil is up against Johnny Chan. The Orient Express Chan goes all in holding Ace Seven and Phil goes in with a pair of nines, now watch history unfold:
2 – Here we see the end game of Greg Merson and Jesse Sylvia at 2012 World Series of Poker.
3 – Question for you all, how do you say “Blow Up” in Italian!?” Watch and learn, watch and learn:
Missed last weeks one with Scotty Nguyen, Sam Farha and Matt Damon don’t worry it’s right here!
Phil Hellmuth has developed a reputation for being one of the most outspoken and whiny poker players of all-time. Due to his incessant complaining about bad beats, and what he often perceives to be bad play from opponents, Hellmuth has earned the nickname “Poker Brat.” And despite being relatively quiet on this front in recent times, spectators at the 2012 WSOPE got to see the Poker Brat in full effect.
The setting for his latest rant was the Event #33,250 NLHE Shootout and the antagonist was Roman Romanovskyi. With 18 players left in the tourney, Romanovskyi got a two pair on the river and value bet Hellmuth; the Poker Brat called and was very angry when he lost the hand. The Wisconsin native exclaimed, “I fly all the way here for some monkey to try and give me all his chips. What is this?”
Despite being agitated, Hellmuth continued to survive until he ran into the Ukrainian once again. Once again, Romanovskyi had a two pair and value bet on the river, which drew a call from the 12-time WSOP champion. After the hand, Romanovskyi said, “Nice snap call.” This drew another angry reaction from Hellmuth as he fumed, “You wanna make fun of me? This f**king player is the worst ever!”
A tilted Poker Brat would go on to bust out of the tournament in 12th place and cash for 5,428 ($ 7,082). He wasn’t happy about the finish either since he sent out the following tweets about his performance:
I feel so beat up, tilted, and just awful right nowBad beat after bad beat. its a miracle Im still in, albeit w 5 big blinds
Sucks that Im out in 12thPut my chips in SO GOOD, but thats poker. Need a walk, a nap, a Cappuccino, then str8 into WSOPE event #5
Don’t feel too bad for poor Phil though since he has won 12 WSOP gold bracelets and earned $ 16,132,759 throughout his tournament career.
There’s a lot of talk in the UK at the moment about a politician who ranted because they wouldn’t let him ride his bike out of Number 10 Downing Street. The media have responded with the following headline but are you sure this isn’t the headline marking the end of my triathlon with Phil Hellmuth at WPT Malta?
I biked him in the basketball (he can dodge baskets baby!) and running, while he sent me on mine in the swimming (that’s what happens when you are attached to the backside of Michael Phelps). If you haven’t seen the videos yet catch up on the true athletic prowess of us both! Big thanks must go to Jesse May for adjudicating and Andras Fekete, a Hungarian Hellmuth troll of true character and my PA for the week. He is proof that Phil Hellmuth did ride a hot dog! I packed Hellmuth off to Cannes with the hot dog and spiderman suit – let’s hope we see them again!
All in all I can say that spending a week in the company of the brat wasn’t all that bad. He talked about talking to ‘Condi’ (Condoleezza Rice) and debated the merits of the G5 private jet way too much but he’s alright in small doses and clearly doesn’t have the bankroll to play in the super high roller games. He clearly doesn’t forgive me for a perceived ‘angle shoot’ on the Big Game in the States but I do forgive myself for sending him on his bike there and in the triathlon. This time he also didn’t decide to wear his ipod in a nightclub so progress is being made with his mental health.
I finished 10th at WPT Malta and was bitterly disappointed not to have made the final table – I had to smoke multiple shishas after that exit.
Next up? I am weighing up going to Cannes for WSOPE (will Robl be there with headphones on?) and I have been on a yacht off Croatia. I am also spending plenty of time on my new project – Lithuanian Rowing (nice gold medal at World Rowing Championship last week). I have committed myself to WPT Copenhagen too.
Then of course there is Tony’s House – thousands of you are raiding my house with the online grand final on October 7th. I intend to fight to the death that day to stop all these looters and if it is on Fast Forward tables then so be it as I hate nits. You can take my tvs, my ipads…even my Volkswagen – but you will never take my FREEDOM!
Phil Hellmuth outlasted a starting field of 309 players to take down WSOP Event #18 $ 2,500 Seven Card Razz. His prize was worth much more than the $ 182,793 first place cash he pocketed. Hellmuth’s win gave him his 12th World Series of Poker bracelet.
Hellmuth’s final opponent in the Seven Card Razz event was Don Zewin, who took third place in the 1989 World Series of Poker Main Event, where Hellmuth won his first WSOP bracelet in a classic match against two-time defending champion Johnny Chan.
Last year, Hellmuth finished in second place in three separate WSOP events. His twelve bracelet record is trailed by Chan and Doyle Brunson, who each have ten WSOP bracelets.
At last year’s WSOP, Hellmuth finished in second place in the $ 50,000 Poker Player’s Championship, the $ 10,000 Seven Card Stud Hi/Lo Championship, and the $ 10,000 2-7 Draw Lowball Championship.
With the $ 755,000 first prize he captured at age 24 at the 1989 series, Hellmuth was the youngest Main Event winner ever, a record that stood until 2008.
All of Hellmuth’s previous bracelets were won in Texas Hold’em tournaments.
So it is official, Phil Hellmuth is not coming to the PartyPoker.com Premier League V in Vienna in April. He hasn’t got a sponsor and he doesn’t have the bankroll or the heart. Don’t worry Phil – this week is the last week of online qualifiers – re-locate and show you are qualified! I really think this is Phil’s only option now.
Great for the Game!
I’ve always said that Hellmuth is great for the game. He talks, he screams, he name drops – he meets Clinton, he meets Bush, he used to win bracelets – what an ambassador for the game!? Yes that brat bragging is all intensely annoying, I agree, but what if the poker world was full of Andrew Robls? Head down, Beats headphones on – all maths, no heart, extended time on the clock. You cannot deny that Hellmuth isn’t good for the game, especially for its profile on tv and with world statesmen.
Call that a Win?
It is time to re-evaluate Hellmuth though. Big news in recent weeks is that he won a side event at the WPT LA Poker Classic. ‘Win’ is a strong word, he chopped it five ways – did they let him win? What a disgrace? Here’s my new thought – Hellmuth is good for the game and shouldn’t retire but he should accept that he is no longer one of the leading lights of the game.
He is no longer sponsored, he is staying up too late at night playing way too much luck induced Chinese poker. The PartyPoker.com Premier League is a good example – the $ 125,000 buy-in is now beyond Hellmuth, despite the fact there is $ 200,000 added and he has a reasonable record in the tournament series (not in recent years though). Hellmuth loves tv exposure and needs it if the US market eventually opens up but he cannot afford it – simple enough. There are no backers that are willing to stake him even when there is added money! Hellmuth only travels now where he will gets his flights and hotel paid for and a small buy-in paid so he can bust out within two hours and drink the finest Louis baby he can get his hands on. He needs more heart and commitment to the highest level and stakes in the game. Either that, or he becomes a celebrity poker MC for a living.
If Hellmuth came to the Premier League Jungleman would swing him from the trees, Dwan would durrrr his soul, while the Seiborg would Seidel him. Patrik Antonius would drink his reads like pure Fiji Water while Vanessa Selbst will slam dunk him every time he tries to bluff. The Russians are also too much for him. I think that the 10k Premier League play-off is too big for him these days. A $ 125k buy-in is unthinkable.
If Phil is having money problems that means he cannot play at the highest level i am willing to stake him (i am a charitable man) and even lend him Zasko as an advisor and protector for a short period. i know i would destroy him in cash games and get it all back anyway. Can someone please arrange for Phil Hellmuth to win the lottery, it would be great for the poker economy!? Alternatively, I know there is lots of people with grand ideas about poker – do any of you want to sponsor him?
You will know that I am a big fan of giving people a warm welcome to the game – take Phil Curtis in the first PartyPoker.com Poker Den 24 hour cash game and the greetings showered on Andrew ‘good2cuqualified’ Robl by Daniel Negreanu and I at the more recent Big Game in Vegas. I always want to know that someone is strong enough to take their seat at the table.
That’s why I am so looking forward to going to WPT Malta on Monday – not only is it a Matt Savage re-entry tournament, I will also be reacquainting myself with his holiness Phil Hellmuth for the very first time since the Big Game.
I know he is over the trauma and back on suitable form – talking about his money management when he is winning, insisting he is trying to play tight and going on about metal band Anthrax (when is he going to get it?). My god is he going to get it, as are all those French fishies I hope make the trip from Cannes. I am rubbing my hands together, I am going to take everything they have!
The island of Malta is historically a key territory in the quest for world domination and I am already a little on the back foot as I hear a rumour on the grapevine that the local mayor is planning to bestow a Maltese Cross on the Poker Brat and give him freedom of the island – I cannot think of anyone who will take such an honour with such humility. Phil will just humbly accept this I am sure and let all the pomp and ceremony pass him by.
Earlier this week I asked for suggestions on how I could give Hellmuth a big welcome to the game in Malta and you’ve inspired me. I have been doing a bit of shopping.
My terrapoker army have thrown down their arms but I do have two adult baby jumper suits, a stuffed talking parrot that repeats what you say, a Maltese Falcon and a Dick Turpin highwayman outfit. I am like a bird of prey exploiting weak nits so why can’t I bring a majestic creature with me?
My massive wing spanned and clawed friend has been trained to spot potential enemies from a distance and I have been training my guiding hand to be a top class wild bird handler (learn from the master Gus Hansen!). The Maltese Falcon is my choice though I could easily have an Osprey for all the seafood available to hunt and conquer.
Some of you will know that the Maltese Falcon is a superyacht but it doesn’t look like I am going to be able to get to Malta in such style. Don’t get me wrong, I am still the Captain!
It is still not too late to join the Phil Hellmuth Appreciation Society annual meeting at the WPT Malta – with it being a re-entry we can have a pop at him twice. For those who want to organise travel to Malta from Nice or elsewhere contact email@example.com mobile: +393477837944, tel:+390917486323.
Phil Hellmuth, one of poker’s best players ever, barely missed a third chance this year of winning his record 12th World Series of Poker bracelet. Hellmuth finished in second place in the $ 50,000 Poker Player’s Championship, losing to Brian Rast. Hellmuth won $ 1,063,034 for his efforts, but that was a far cry from the prestige of winning an unparalleled twelfth bracelet.
Hellmuth had already cashed four times in this year’s series, including two second place finishes in the $ 10,000 Seven Card Stud Hi/Lo Championship and the $ 10,000 2-7 Draw Lowball Championship. He is known in the industry as the “Poker Brat” and regularly makes ostentatious entrances to poker tournaments.
For poker players, the $ 50,000 Poker Players’ Championship is considered the most prestigious of all WSOP events, even more so than the Main Event itself. The tournament challenges participants to demonstrate their skills in different poker variations until the Final Table, when the game shifts to No Limit Hold’em.
Previous winners of the event have been Chip Reese, Scotty Nguyen, David Bach, Michael Mizrachi and Freddy Deeb.
This year’s Poker Players’ Championship attracted 128 starters, creating a $ 6,144,000 prize pool. First place awarded Rast with $ 1,720,328, while Minh Ly finished third for $ 665,763.
Hellmuth holds the record of most WSOP bracelets, having won 11 over his poker career. All his bracelets were won in Texas Hold’em tournaments. He won his 11th bracelet, which put him ahead of poker legends Doyle Brunson and Johnny Chan, at the 2007 World Series of Poker.
Hellmuth won his first WSOP bracelet in 1989, defeating two-time defending champion Johnny Chan. With the $ 755,000 first prize he captured at age 24, Hellmuth was the youngest Main Event winner ever, a record that stood until 2008.
The first time I noticed something might be wrong was when I got a tweet saying: “@TonyGuoga something must be wrong, Phil Hellmuth wasn’t dressed as Neo from The Matrix today.”
I laughed, smiled and thought… actually I want him to win the bracelet, I would quite like to see him beat Juanda.
I don’t think I was the only one who found themselves in that position but it didn’t sit comfortably. I wanted him to win so I have to put up with months and months of bragging? I need counseling, I need help I thought.
I bet there were many people out there who wanted him to win but felt guilty for doing so. After he lost and Hellmuth’s 72 hours of self flagellation started I felt sorry for him. Why, why, why! Pull it together Antanas!
WPT Slovenia - lots of tasty Italians there
Someone else tweeted me saying there was a ‘strange force’ at work that made them cheer on Hellmuth. I don’t know about that but there was definitely something in the air.
I remember when Hellmuth bust from the WPT Bay 101 last year and he curled into a ball and looked like he had a breakdown. I said then that I thought he could be on the cusp of a mega comeback but I was wrong.
I would be interested to hear what price anyone would lay about Phil getting a bracelet this year though. That said, if he has to pay himself will he play in many events?!
Since then I have pulled it together and got over my Hellmuth man love. I don’t think I am going to be going to WSOP this year but I don’t rule anything out. I am going to WPT Slovenia in Portoroz between 17th – 21st July as there will be lots of tasty Italians there.
By that I don’t mean models or bunga, bunga parties (though I heard the casino is putting on some free parties for those who want to wind down from Vegas in a suitable fashion) – I mean fresh seafood.
Pull those Italians across the border and let’s feast – I’ve always told you I remain a hungry big saltwater crocodile with Lithuanian stripes.
Qualifiers for WPT Slovenia have started on PartyPoker.com – come and join me.