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Champion of the Year Chinese Poker

by Phil Hellmuth |  Published: Jul 19, '08

Posted: July 20, 2008 01:38 AM

At home, chilling out, "Champion of the Year," Chinese Poker

I am trying to chill out as much as possible, help supervise some of the clothing company stuff, and help out with our first book from "Phil's House Publishing" company-called "Deal me In" about how ten great players got their start in poker. Also, I have really been enjoying watching Greg Norman in the British Open over the first three rounds: win it Greg! Watching golf on TV helps me chill out, and recharge from a long and grueling WSOP. I plan on watching another 5 hours of golf on Sunday!

On Friday night I lost $17,000 playing Chinese poker online with Peter Nordberg, then I was losing another $20,000 plus to Rolande De Wolfe, but I got all the way to even vs. Rolande. Tonight my wife and I are heading over to our friend's house for some dinner and wine.

FYI - here is the Phil Hellmuth "Champion of the Year" standings (the top 30), as calculated by Kenneth Popkin:

Rank Name Score # of Finishes
1 David Benyamine 605 5
2 John Phan 550 4
3 Chris Ferguson 480 3
4 Erick Lindgren 420 3
5 J.C. Tran 400 4
6 Barry Greenstein 390 3
7 Andy Block 380 3
7 Erik Seidel 380 3
7 Jacobo Fernandaz 380 3
Ted Forrest 310 3
Phil Ivey 310 2
Vanessa Salbst 310 2
Farzad Rouhani 300 2
David Singer 280 2
Mike Matusow 280 2
Tommy Hang 280 2
David Kitai 270 2
Gavin Griffin 265 2
Daniel Negreanu 260 2
Hoyt Corkins 260 2
Michael DeMichele 260 2
Scotty Nguyen 260 2
Theo Tran 250 2
David Chiu 250 2
Phil Hellmuth 240 3
Brandon Cantu 240 2

Look at the names on this list! This is why I have kept doing the "Champion of the Year" award. The great players populate this list, because there are fewer tournaments in the mix that matter.

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