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Bellagio 15k, Timberlake Pro Am, Packers Game, Vegas, Vegas, Vegas!!

by Phil Hellmuth |  Published: Oct 28, '09

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Posted: October 28, 2009 09:03 PM

I have been very lucky in poker and in life, and I recognize that I am truly blessed!  This is no religious statement, but I say a hearty "Thank you" to the powers that be.  For my part, I donate money to charity every year, I send an endless stream of "Swag" (signed books, signed pics, hats, shirts, and bobble head dolls) to charity auctions, I do not do drugs, I do not abuse alcohol, I emcee charity events (like my upcoming www.Holdemforheroes.com), and I stay loyal and true to my wife and children.  By acting above the rim ethically, and morallylike never cheating on my wifeI feel a bigger sense of entitlement in life in general.  And yes, I know, my going off at the poker tables is a strike against me!!

It is not easy to feel great about owning all of the records at the WSOP, being really wealthy (at least on paper!), being happily married for almost twenty years, writing a best-selling book, hosting my own TV shows, being on 12 million beer cans, being stopped in the street everyday like I'm someone special, etc.  Who am I to deserve all of this?  I am just a man from Madison, Wisconsin who had average grades and an average childhood.  A man that dropped out of college!  But because I strive to do the right thing at all times, because I strive to be a really good husband and father, because I give money, time, and effort to charity, I feel OK about all of the huge blessings that I have received.  As time passes, I feel better and better about my life, my blessings, and the person that I am.  And I will continue to play poker with passion and purpose, to stay loyal to my wife and kids, to give my money and resources to those in need, to try my hardest to win more WSOP bracelets, and to try to hold onto all of my WSOP records!  Of course, I have Johnny Chan, Doyle Brunson, Erik Seidel, and Phil Ivey on my tail!

Now, let's get to what the heck I've been doing lately, and what I will be doing in the near future!  You can check out my Tweets, about one or two per day at: www.twitter.com/phil_hellmuth.  Two weeks ago I had the honor of meeting Justin Timberlake at his PGA Tour event in Las Vegas for Shriners.  I am a big fan of his, and he was a nice guy, as reported.  Justin likes poker, but he doesn't play as much anymore because he doesn't like to take his friends money.  There is a cool picture of Justin, Alice Cooper, Kenny G, and I up at my Twitter.  After playing the Pro-am Weds, I went straight to Jeff Shulman's house for five hours to give him lessons for the "November Nine."  Of course, Jeff is already an accomplished player, but we all can benefit from having a coach that we respect.  I have over 50 final tables in Hold'em, so I'm not a bad choice!  Jeff is playing great, and he has a great chance to win if he is reading his opponents well on November seventh and ninth.  The rest of the week I worked with Jeff, his father Barry Shulman (who just won the WSOPE main event! who is giving who lessons here!?!), Diego, Adam, and a few others.  I learned something myself as we discussed hands, tactics, and the best possible strategies for winning.  Diego knew every opponent, their tendencies, and we all talked extensively about what the other eight would be attempting to do.  We played a simulated final seven, final six, final five, final four, and final three, with actual chip counts and we all "Played" parts as "November Nine" players.  We even read a bunch of hand histories!

I flew home Friday night and received news that my publicist Lara Miller was able to secure sideline passes for the Green Bay Packers home game at Lambeau Field vs. the Vikings on Nov 1.  The return of Brett Favre!!  I am a huge Favre fan, and a huge Packer fan.  My dad has been an avid Packer fan for 50 years, and he has never been to Lambeau Fieldneither have I--but now I can take him there in style.  I did bring my father to the Super Bowl in San Diego when the Packers played Denver, but we lost.  I fly to Green Bay Saturday, and then back to Vegas on Monday.
It's Wednesday now, and I just landed back here in Vegas.  Tonight I do some local NBC news interview, and then I will be in bed early as I seem to wake up exhausted every day (this sucks!).  I'm tired every morning I guess because I have been on the move so much (London, Aruba, San Antonio, Vegas), and maybe my equipment for my sleep apnea breathing machine needs to be replaced.  I hate waking up tired, I had a lifetime of this before I was diagnosed with sleep apnea and the breathing machine phase of my life began

I want to be fresh because I play "Poker after Dark" $20,000 buy in tournament tomorrow with Phil Laak, Antonio, Annette Obrestad, Mike Matusow, and I believe, EDOG.  Then Friday I film another "Poker after Dark" $20,000 buy in tournament with Chris "Jesus" Ferguson, and four qualifiers.

After the Packer's game this weekend I have to shoot ESPN News and radio stuff Tuesday night, then I film a segment for ESPN Weds for the "November Nine" show with Doyle, Chan, me and Iveythis should be fun!  Also, I have to coach Jeff, maybe Tues and Weds for a few hours, although I believe that he is 90% ready now.  Then I film more "Poker after Dark," (but this time cash games) next Thurs ($50,000 buy in) and Fri ($100,000 buy in), then next Saturday the "November Nine" starts at the Rio Hotel at noon, and I will be there all day to support Jeff.  Vegas, Vegas, Vegas!!

Learn more about Phil at www.PhilHellmuth.com and visit his web store at www.PokerBrat.com

Learn more about Phil by going to his website, www.PhilHellmuth.com and visit his Web store at www.PokerBrat.com.

 
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seamarfan269
over 9 years ago

I hate to sound corny, but I have no choice here Phil. Bring it haters. I read your blog a long time ago about how you went with your son to have the sleep apnea test done so he wouldn't be so nervous about getting the procedure and how you thought EVERYONE should be tested that had some kind of sleep problem when in fact, you were positive for it. Well sir, i took your advice and BANGO; i was having 60 occurances per hour (about 1 per min.) of stop breathing or O2 level dropping below 90%. Soooo, you've probably added a few years to my life and i wanted to say.......THANX. Nuff Said.

 
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danmac78
over 9 years ago

"By acting above the rim ethically, and morallylike never cheating on my wifeI feel a bigger sense of entitlement in life in general."

So you think that by acting like any normal person with a conscience would act you deserve to be rewarded for it? And rewarded more than anybody else? Seriously?

 
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SevenKidsPoppy
over 9 years ago

Morality, ethics, and spirituality can nurture one's conscience, and a clear conscience can contribute to a person's stability in the long run, but you can wake me up when Phil's conscience begins to affect how he treats others at the table.

The disconnect he has going amazes me.

 
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texasroadgambler
over 9 years ago

SevenKids: "Uncle" returns. I wonder if Phil has some obscure form of OCD? Even the momentary episodes of tilt that he undergoes do affect the outcome of individual games. By the record, it is indisputable that he is the best tournament Hold-em player. Perhaps his episodes of tilt contribute to him being "it" in the high stakes cash games.

 
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BDub1
over 9 years ago

I sure hope he hasn't twisted his arm patting himself on the back! ORLY?

 
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SevenKidsPoppy
over 9 years ago

Good to see your name up in lights again, Unc.

Does Phil act the same way toward opponents when there are no t.v. cameras present or around well-known players whom he respects? I wonder how much of his Poker Brat persona is an act, an exaggeration, an indulgence, an excuse to be boorish, immaturity, and self-promotion. Could you break it down for us percentage-wise?

Thank heaven for those evaporative coolers -- right, Tex?

 
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TXMaxx
over 9 years ago

Phil, you are impossible, I guess with no one else singing your praises you have to do it yourself. Someday you will have to act older than the 12 year old you act like now...Maybe you will grow into a classy guy...I doubt it...

 
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texasroadgambler
over 9 years ago

SevenKidsPoppy: Thanks. I can tell you that when Phil first came to Vegas, he did not act disrepectfully when he tried to play with us in the high stakes games. He did have an ego, but he kept it pretty much in check.

I think that quite a bit of his Poker Brat persona is self-promotion. He is quite respectful away from the poker tables. How do I know? The last time that I saw him was a surprise for him, and he addressed me as Mr.___________.

Evaporative coolers with excelsior panels drip watered with squirrel cage fans. Yep, I remember them well.

 
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SevenKidsPoppy
over 9 years ago

Thank you, Uncle, and btw I don't mind calling you Uncle since my mother's younger brother is only two years older than you. I will not divulge your identity or give out any more clues than you have already given out since I value your input in this forum and I have a lot to learn from you.

Following up on my digression: About 25 years ago, I rented a small house outside the loop in the northern part of Lubbock that had one of those evaporative coolers. What type of humidifying A/C do people use now in dry environs?

 
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YoungCheese
over 9 years ago

Matthew 6:1-4

"Be careful not to do your 'acts of righteousness' before men, to be seen by them. If you do, you will have no reward from your Father in heaven. "So when you give to the needy, do not announce it with trumpets, as the hypocrites do in the synagogues and on the streets, to be honored by men. I tell you the truth, they have received their reward in full. But when you give to the needy, do not let your left hand know what your right hand is doing, so that your giving may be in secret. Then your Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you.

 
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SevenKidsPoppy
over 9 years ago

We learn from others, too. I think it does everyone's heart good to see one person help another without any expectation of reward or recognition. If everything were truly done in secret, would that be possible?

If Phil were to see more examples of patience, compassion, and emotional self-control, his conscience might be stirred.

That said, we all have a lot to work on.

 
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texasroadgambler
over 9 years ago

SevenKiddsPoppy: Thanks again for the kind words. "Card Player" is the only blog that I participate in.

Some time ago, I began to notice that there were many people around the poker community that were attempting to rewrite history. The vast majority of them were not there at the WSOP's seminal moments, yet they write as if they were. Since I was there, all of them are easy for me to identify.

I think that quite a few of them attempt to rewrite history to favor a particular "hero" that they have in the poker world. This quite possibly accounts for their exaggerations.

So, if it is true that history is written by the survivors, then they will find me here for yet awhile as one of the custodians and defenders of the true history of how it all happened.

Digressing, in answer to your question, I don't know of any other way than to use a separate humidifier with today's residential A/Cs.

 
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Freedome
over 9 years ago

He does a lot for charity that he never speaks about, he is an all round good guy.

 
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wkingdom11
over 9 years ago

Phil, i'm a big fan of yours, but I hope you represent another site other than UB. I'm a very upset customer of UB. After i lost 0ver 6000$ in a week, they locked my account and denied my final withdraw request for my last $2700, stating that their security department was investigating my account activity. After that, they blacklisted my account(will not answer my e-mail or phone call at all) and confiscated my money. I've deposited over $10K on that site, what's worse than losing my last 2700 on withdraw process? I know cardplayer is a partner company with UB, but I hope CP can remain unbiased on this matter. And I hope nobody will ever deposit or play at UB, because they can do whatever they want with your money.

 
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