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Celebrity Casino Night

by Phil Hellmuth |  Published: Jul 28, '08

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Posted: July 28, 2008 08:30 PM

I have the updated version of the 2008 COTY belown. Saturday night my wife and I went to the eightieth birthday party for Dr. Bill Dement, the father of sleep research. Soon Dr. Dement should receive a Nobel Prize for his work. It was amazing to see what one man can do in a science based field. This guy invented the discipline of "Sleep Research!" Since I have sleep apnea and sleep with a machine attached to my nose-pushing air into my nose-I feel like I owe him a lot. Because of this machine I will probably live another 15 years longer than I would have otherwise! Plus, using the machine helps me achieve a restful sleep, and thus win more bracelets, make the money more often, and make more final tables. So I feel like I owe Dr. Dement. FYI - up to 25% of the world has sleep apnea, but in the majority of cases it has never been diagnosed. To find out if you have sleep apnea, simply have a "Sleep study" done. I found that I had it by accident! I went with my son to have his sleep study, and I had one as well and stayed the night for my son's benefit. Turns out I'm the one with sleep apnea! Now it makes sense why I slept so many twelve hour nights in my twenties, and why I could never get up for my first class in high school and college. I also met the famous magician David Blaine at Dement's bash, and he showed me an amazing card trick. Blain also told me, "I will not play poker with you because if I win, then I'm a cheater; and if you win, then I'm a bad magician!" Nice line…

I'm heading to San Antonio August ninth for Eva and Tony Parker's "Celebrity Casino Night," where I will emcee the poker tournament. Check out Eva's Heroes for more information on the event.

Champion of the Year - 2008, updated 7/19

Rank

Name

Score

# of finishes

1

David Benyamine

605

5

2

John Phan

550

4

3

Erik Seidel

540

4

4

Chris Ferguson

480

3

5

Erick Lindgren

420

3

6

J.C. Tran

400

4

7

Barry Greenstein

390

3

8

Andy Bloch

380

3

8

Jacobo Fernandez

380

3

Ted Forrest

310

3

Phil Ivey

310

2

Vanessa Selbst

310

2

Farzad Rouhani

300

2

David Singer

280

2

Mike Matusow

280

2

Tam "Tommy" Hang

280

2

Davidi Kitai

270

2

Gavin Griffin

265

2

Daniel Negreanu

260

2

Hoyt Corkins

260

2

Michael DeMichele

260

2

Scotty Nguyen

260

2

Michael DeMichele

260

2

Scotty Nguyen

260

2

Theo Tran

250

3

David Chiu

250

2

Phil Hellmuth Jr.

240

3

Brandon Cantu

240

2

Fu Wong

240

2

Michael Mizrachi

230

3

Kyle Kloeckner

230

2

Chris Bell

230

2

Greg Jamison

230

2

Spencer Lawrence

230

2

Gus Hansen

225

2

Steve Sung

220

2

Marcel Luske

220

2

Matthew Glantz

220

2

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