Phil Hellmuth

Describing himself as the "poker brat", Phil Hellmuth Jr. holds more World Series of Poker bracelets than any other player. He is one of the more controversial poker champions, known for his scathing remarks about other players but also for his exceptional talent at the game.

Born in Madison, Wisconsin in 1964, Phil Hellmuth is the son of a university dean. He started developing an interest in poker while at the University of Wisconsin, which he attended for three years before dropping out to become a full-time poker player.

In 1989, Hellmuth played and won his first World Series of Poker event at the age of 24, surprising the poker world by beating the legendary Johnny Chan. He still holds the record as the youngest ever winner of the event.

In 1991, he finished in the top five of all Hall of Fame events in the World Series of Poker. In 1993, he went on to win three World Series events in the same year. All of his wins have been in Texas Hold ’em games.

In 1995, Phil Hellmuth won the Hall of Fame poker championship. He captured his tenth World Series of Poker bracelet in 2006, in the $1,000 No Limit Hold’em with rebuys event. In the 2007 Series, he went on to earn his record-breaking 11th bracelet in the $1,500 No Limit Hold’em Event.

In addition to his successes in the World Series of Poker, Hellmuth has cashed ten times and made three final tables in the World Poker Tour, and is the season III champion of Late Night Poker.

As of 2007, Phil Hellmuth had earned over $10 million in winnings from poker tournaments. He continues to play in high-stakes tournaments, and lives in the San Francisco Bay area.

World Series of Poker Bracelets



Prize (US$)


$10,000 No Limit Hold’em World Championship



$5,000 Limit Hold’em



$1,500 Limit Hold’em



$2,500 No Limit Hold’em



$5,000 No Limit Hold’em



$3,000 Pot Limit Hold’em



$2,000 No Limit Hold’em



$2,500 Limit Hold’em



$3,000 No Limit Hold’em



$1,000 No Limit Hold’em with rebuys



$1,500 No Limit Hold’em