This week on PokerGO it was time for another epic clash of personalities, with Daniel Negreanu and Phil Hellmuth headlining “Whine and Cheese” on Poker After Dark. Hellmuth and Negreanu tangled in this $50/$100 cash game with a $200 ante along with a cast of characters that included Tom Marchese, Dan O’Brien, Justin Young and Jeremy Ausmus. You can rewatch that entire broadcast right here, but if you’re looking to dive into the past with us to dig up some of Hellmuth’s best moments on TV, you should bookmark this article and enjoy all the gems from the PokerGO library.
Who is Phil Hellmuth?
Is the personality at the table truly all that Phil Hellmuth is about? You won’t know until you check out some of the PokerGO Originals in which ‘The Poker Brat’ talks about his life story. Start your Phil Hellmuth binge with the Pokerography episode about his life that goes into his childhood in Wisconsin, the relationship with his parents, meeting his wife, and the first-hand account of winning the 1989 WSOP Main Event victory making him the youngest Main Event winner ever, a record that would stand for nearly 20 years until when Peter Eastgate won it all in 2008.
In the Super High Roller Club hosted by Ali Nejad, off-the-felt exploits of some of the biggest personalities in the game including Daniel Negreanu, Farah Galfond, Brandon Adams, and Antonio Esfandiari are explored. On the episode with Hellmuth, Nejad takes him to a specialty sunglasses store in New York City to dive into the champ’s obsession with wearing black and gold. Hellmuth not only tells the story of how those colors became almost synonymous with his appearance, but he also dives into some more personal stories.
As one of the biggest names in the game, Hellmuth also got the invite for Drea Renee’s massage chair and an episode of “Deep Issues.” As always, Drea brings a new angle and spicy dilemmas that bring even Hellmuth out of his comfort zone. Want to know what a night of partying with Hellmuth looks like? Or what him and his wife like to do in their spare time? You must watch this episode of Deep Issues.
Phil Hellmuth: The Actor
Now that you know whether ‘The Poker Brat’ is an act or not, make sure to check out some actual acting from the man with $22 million in career tournament earnings. The PokerGO Original short form comedic series ‘Poker Nights’ brought Hollywood flair to the game of poker with Chris Parnell headlining.
Parnell, known from Saturday Night Live, 30 Rock, and voices for Archer and Rick and Morty, hosts a home game on “Poker Nights” where all sort of shenanigans unfolds. On one of the nights, none other than Mister World Champion himself shows up, and hilarity ensues. Watch the episode featuring Hellmuth right here on PokerGO.
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Phil Hellmuth: The Poker Player
Interviews, acting, and storytelling aside, at the end of the day it’s all about the poker action! Hellmuth is featured in many different games and formats, most notably on Poker After Dark. Over the course of his poker career, starting in the late eighties, Phil Hellmuth also has by far and away the most appearances on TV. The ‘Poker Brat’ always shines when the cameras are rolling, and therefore it’s been a tall task to highlight all the action he’s been involved in on PokerGO. However, here’s your definitive Hellmuth binge overview to play for your friends and family, or to have on in the background during your local home game.
The World Poker Tour Legends of Poker event back in August made the first-ever WPT final table to be streamed live on PokerGO. Hellmuth made the final table of the event along with Adam Swan, DJ Alexander, JC Tran, Marvin Rettenmaier and Art Papazayan. If you haven’t watched Hellmuth’s attempt at becoming a part of WPT history, rewatch the entire final table here. Strapped for time? The highlights of that final table are also available on PokerGO.
At the start of the action-packed summer of poker action in Las Vegas, Hellmuth made two very notable appearances on PokerGO. First, he was at the feature table of the Super High Roller Bowl along with Hollywood star Kevin Hart. To nobody’s surprise, Hellmuth and Hart were a perfect match for entertaining poker and table talk. Hellmuth was not successful in the 2017 Super High Roller Bowl, but yesterday’s lottery for the 2018 edition of this event already secured his seat in the tournament giving him another chance at winning one of the biggest events of the year.
At the 2017 World Series of Poker, Hellmuth racked up another handful of results. Most notably, the 14-time bracelet winner came close to adding No. 15 in the High Roller for One Drop at the start of the series. This event, ultimately won by Doug Polk, is available on PokerGO with coverage of Day 2, Day 3, and the final table. Start your One Drop binge with Day 2 coverage to relive some epic high stakes moments and find out in what place Hellmuth finished.
The most recent appearance at a big tournament final table on PokerGO was during the inaugural U.S. Poker Open at the ARIA Resort & Casino. Hellmuth made the final table of the $25,000 Mixed Game Championship, along with Daniel Negreanu, Stephen Chidwick, Dan Shak, Benjamin Pollak, Isaac Haxton and Christopher Vitch. Want to learn more about Hellmuth’s 2017? On the Heads Up with Remko podcast Hellmuth told his story and went in-depth on his relationship with Golden State Warriors owner Joe Lacob, playing against Kevin Hart and being able to last as a professional in this cutthroat industry.
Phil Hellmuth on Poker After Dark
While winning 14 bracelets and most notably the 1989 World Series of Poker Main Event are the accomplishments that Hellmuth mentions the most when he’s on TV, the biggest catalyst to his ever-growing celebrity status are his appearances on Poker After Dark.
Hellmuth appeared on no less than 29 of the 79 shows that were recorded during the show’s run from 2007 through 2011. Aside from having participated in most of the show’s cash games that were broadcasted in the later seasons, Hellmuth won three of the Sit & Gos that he played in the earlier seasons.
Starting with Season 1, it was Shawn Sheikhan who got under Hellmuth’s skin almost immediately on “Poker Brat Attack.” This confrontation ranks high among poker’s most exciting feuds, and you can rewatch that entire show on PokerGO right now. Later in Season 1, Hellmuth also played on the properly named “Earphones Please,” week with Phil Ivey, Andy Bloch, Mike Matusow, Sam Farha and Tony G.
On the second season of the show, the “World Series Legends” week is one to watch as Hellmuth went heads up with none other than Doyle Brunson after outlasting Chris Ferguson, Layne Flack, Erik Seidel and TJ Cloutier. The partial rematch of the “Poker Brat Attack,” followed with “Live to Hurt,” when Hellmuth was once again paired up with Shawn Sheikhan. The lineup was filled out by Mike Matusow, Phil Laak, Antonio Esfandiari and Daniel Negreanu. This episode also marked the first time Negreanu and Hellmuth faced-off on Poker After Dark.
This wouldn’t be the last time Hellmuth and Sheikhan would face each other, as “Hecklers,” on Season 3 brought them back together again. That clash of players that are used to being the center of attention also featured Mike Matusow, Gavin Smith, Jean-Robert Bellande and Sam Grizzle who all tried to get a word in during this show.
Hellmuth went heads-up again during “World Champions,” where he faced the man he beat for the 1989 Main Event title. Johnny Chan and Hellmuth battled it out after, in order, getting rid of Huck Seed, Chris Ferguson, Berry Johnston and Jamie Gold.
The cash games on Poker After Dark started in Season 4, and Hellmuth was part of the first ever show along with Guy Laliberte, Allen Cunningham, Tom Dwan, Mike Baxter, and David ‘Viffer’ Peat. This game with a $100,000 buy-in was the first time Tom Dwan made an appearance on Poker After Dark, creating some epic moments.
Hellmuth was part of another “first” on Poker After Dark when he took down the “Heads-Up Challenge,” after beating Paul Wasicka, Ted Forrest and Chris Ferguson. This $50,000 buy-in winner-take-all victory became the second time Hellmuth took down a heads-up tournament after winning the NBC Heads Up Poker Championship where he also beat Chris Ferguson and took home $500,000.
As the season went on, Hellmuth was featured on many cash games, dream weeks, and winner-take-all formats. Pick your favorite lineup from the following overview and watch Phil Hellmuth do his thing on PokerGO. Click on the name of the show to start watching immediately on PokerGO.
Every Hellmuth Appearance on Poker After Dark
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|Gus Hansen||Phil Ivey||Mike Matusow||Allen Cunningham||Todd Brunson|
|Huckleberry Seed||Chris Ferguson||Clonie Gowen||Tom Dwan||Mike Matusow|
|Steve Zolotow||Howard Lederer||Gavin Smith||Phil Hellmuth||Phil Hellmuth|
|Phil Hellmuth||Jennifer Harman||Phil Hellmuth||Mike Baxter||Brandon Adams|
|Annie Duke||Gus Hansen||Phil Laak||Guy Laliberte||Antonio Esfandiari|
|Shawn Sheikhan||Phil Hellmuth||David Williams||David Peat||Chris Ferguson|
|Phil Ivey||Jennifer Harman||Mike Matusow||Tom Dwan||Phil Hellmuth|
|Andy Bloch||Mike Matusow||Jennifer Harman||Kenny Tran||Phil Laak|
|Mike Matusow||Phil Hellmuth||Gavin Smith||Phil Laak||Eli Elezra|
|Phil Hellmuth||Daniel Negreanu||Phil Hellmuth||Antonio Esfandiari||Tom Dwan|
|Sam Farha||Scotty Nguyen||Mike Sexton||Phil Hellmuth||Doyle Brunson|
|Tony G||Ken Light||Paul Featherstone||Bob Safai||Gus Hansen|
|Erik Seidel||Mike Matusow||Todd Brunson||Tom Dwan||Tom Dwan|
|Jennifer Harman||Gavin Smith||Phil Hellmuth||Antonio Esfandiari||Phil Laak|
|Doyle Brunson||Phil Hellmuth||Phil Gordon||Kenny Tran||Doyle Brunson|
|Phil Hellmuth||Shawn Sheikhan||Gabe Kaplan||Phil Hellmuth||Gus Hansen|
|Phil Laak||Jean-Robert Bellande||Cory Zeidman||Bob Safai||Eli Elezra|
|Antonio Esfandiari||Sam Grizzle||David Grey||Phil Laak||Phil Hellmuth|
|Chris Ferguson||Chris Ferguson||Phil Hellmuth||Patrik Antonius||Brandon Adams|
|Erik Seidel||Huckleberry Seed||Chris Ferguson||Daniel Negreanu||Peter Jetten|
|Doyle Brunson||Berry Johnston||Howard Lederer||Gus Hansen||Chris Ferguson|
|Phil Hellmuth||Johnny Chan||Phil Ivey||Phil Ivey||Phil Hellmuth|
|Layne Flack||Jamie Gold||Doyle Brunson||Tom Dwan||Mike Matusow|
|T.J. Cloutier||Phil Hellmuth||Daniel Negreanu||Phil Hellmuth||Jean-Robert Bellande|
|Mike Matusow||Chris Ferguson||Erick Lindgren||Tom Dwan||Annette Obrestad|
|Daniel Negreanu||Paul Wasicka||Annette Obrestad||Gus Hansen/David Peat||Huck Seed|
|Phil Hellmuth||Phil Hellmuth||Mike Matusow||Phil Ivey||Antonio Esfandiari|
|Phil Laak||Ted Forrest||Phil Hellmuth||Phil Hellmuth||Phil Hellmuth|
|Shawn Sheikhan||Antonio Esfandiari||Patrik Antonius||Andy Bloch|
|Antonio Esfandiari||Phil Laak||Daniel Negreanu||Justin Smith|
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|Coming Soon||Coming Soon|
|Chris Ferguson||Mike Matusow||Chris Ferguson||Andy Bloch|
|Richard Ashby||Mike Dappen||Phil Hellmuth||Annette Obrestad|
|Steve Bartlett||Erica Schoenberg||Antonio Esfandiari||Justin Smith|
|Craig Ivey||Jennifer Harman||Brandon Adams||Antonio Esfandiari|
|Phil Hellmuth||Phil Hellmuth||Todd Brunson||Phil Hellmuth|
|Jens Voertmann||Chris Ferguson||Mike Matusow||Huck Seed|
Poker After Dark relaunched in September of 2017 on PokerGO, but it took until late December and “Holidays with Hellmuth,” before Phil made his first appearance. This week, in which Hellmuth played for three straight days, can be rewatched in full on PokerGO. Hellmuth played against the likes of Maria Ho, Randall Emmett, Dan Shak, Antonio Esfandiari, Mike Matusow, Danel Negreanu and Doyle Brunson across three nights of action that featured a $10,000 Sit & Go, a $20,000 cash game with $100/$200 blinds and a $25,000 Sit & Go to cap things off.
AK has been giving @Phil_Hellmuth problems all night. Can he get away from this one or will "The Poker Brat" go broke against "Big Slick?"#PokerAfterDark https://t.co/rP1pY3VmIH pic.twitter.com/hhHTmB3Ku6
— PokerGO (@PokerGO) December 21, 2017
We’re closing out this week’s Binge with some more content on the light-hearted side, as one of Hellmuth’s good friends challenges him to a different kind of H.O.R.S.E. during the 2017 Super High Roller Bowl. Who’s got the upper hand? The 14-time bracelet winner of Uncle Ron?
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