At the 2007 World Series of Poker, Hellmuth won his record-breaking 11th bracelet in the $1,500 No Limit Hold'em Event. Hellmuth also holds the records for most WSOP cashes (68) and most WSOP final tables (41), recently overtaking TJ Cloutier.
At the Main Event of the 2008 World Series of Poker Hellmuth made a deep run finishing in 45th place out of a field of 6,844. He was the last former champion standing at the event when he was knocked out by Andrew Rosskamm. Hellmuth took home $154,400.
Hellmuth has won $5,859,080 at the WSOP and is ranked 6th on the WSOP All Time Money List.
|1989||$10,000 No Limit Hold'em World Championship||$755,000|
|1992||$5,000 Limit Hold'em||$168,000|
|1993||$1,500 No Limit Hold'em||$161,400|
|1993||$2,500 No Limit Hold'em||$173,000|
|1993||$5,000 Limit Hold'em||$138,000|
|1997||$3,000 Pot Limit Hold'em||$204,000|
|2001||$2,000 No Limit Hold'em||$316,550|
|2003||$2,500 Limit Hold'em||$171,400|
|2003||$3,000 No Limit Hold'em||$410,860|
|2006||$1,000 No Limit Hold'em with rebuys||$631,863|
|2007||$1,500 No Limit Hold'em||$637,254|
To date, Hellmuth has won $814,869 in WPT tournaments.
In 2005, Hellmuth won the first National Heads-Up Poker Championship. He defeated Men Nguyen, Paul Phillips, Huck Seed, Lyle Berman and Antonio Esfandiari on the way to the final against Chris Ferguson whom he defeated in two out of three games. While trying to repeat in 2006, he lost in the first round to Chip Reese. In 2007, Hellmuth did not play due to the PartyPoker.com Premier League Poker, a British tournament in which he took part. He won 4 out of his 6 group matches and eventually finished 3rd in the finals. Hellmuth took part in the 2008 National Heads-Up Poker Championship, losing in the first round to Tom Dwan.
He makes regular appearances on episodes of Poker After Dark, both as a player and as a drop in commentator. Hellmuth won his first Poker After Dark tournament in the first episode of the third season, winning a net $100,000. Hellmuth returned two weeks later and claimed his second Poker After Dark title, winning another net of $100,000. He also appeared in the first and fourth seasons of GSN's cash game show, High Stakes Poker.
Hellmuth is known for making scathing remarks about his opponents’ skills, especially after taking bad beats. During the Main Event of the 2005 World Series of Poker he stated "I can dodge bullets, baby!" after laying down Ace King to an opponent's pocket Aces on a board of A 4 4 Q rainbow. He later accused Jim Pitman of not even being able to spell poker after Pitman put all of his money in the pot preflop with King Jack against Hellmuth's Ace King; Hellmuth's opponent hit a three-outer to win the pot. Other famous quotes include: "If luck weren't involved, I guess I'd win every [tournament]," and "I've revolutionized the way to play Texas hold 'em.
In the first week of the show Poker After Dark on NBC, after fellow pros Shawn Sheikhan, Steve Zolotow, Gus Hansen and Huck Seed refused to stop talking while it was his turn to act on his hand after Annie Duke raised him, Hellmuth threatened to never play in these tournaments again. Duke was the only player at the table who remained quiet while the drama played out. Producers of the show came up with a ruling regarding the situation, Hellmuth returned and was eliminated a few hands later by Sheikhan.
Hellmuth's sponsor, UltimateBet, arranged for him to arrive at the 2007 WSOP Main Event in an Ultimatebet race car, escorted by 11 Ultimatebet models (one for each of Hellmuth's 11 World Series of Poker bracelets). However, Hellmuth crashed the race car in the Rio All Suite Hotel and Casino parking lot when he lost control of the vehicle and hit a concrete light fixture. After the accident, Hellmuth showed up in a limo, met his escorts, and made his grand entrance to the Main Event two hours late.The accident was briefly, by some sources, thought to be staged, but Hellmuth said it wasn't. He later made light of the accident in a television advertisement for Ultimatebet. In 2008, Hellmuth again made a grand entrance into the WSOP Main Event. As a promotion to the UB Army, Hellmuth arrived in a convoy dressed in military garb.
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