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Phil Hellmuth Shows Up Late on Day 2A, Blinds Off Nearly 50 Percent of Stack

Slept Through Nearly 2 Hours of Action


Phil HellmuthDuring the early stages of day 2A, 11-time World Series of Poker champion Phil Hellmuth was absent from his seat and his short stack was being blinded off. Apparently, he had no idea he was scheduled to play on Monday.

Friend and fellow poker pro Mike Matusow came to Hellmuth’s aide, having security wake Hellmuth up in his hotel room. Matusow wrote on Twitter: [Phil Hellmuth] is such a idiot hes getting blinded off has 5k left has his phoneoff and a do not disturb on his phone at hotel.

Hellmuth later Tweeted: Security broke into my room, I’m like, “What’s going on?!?” SGuard says, “You’re playing in the World Series of Poker today.” He continued in another Tweet: I jump out of bed, dress, and run down to my car. Didn’t know you could drive 75 on side roads!! I Thought I played Day 2 Tuesday…

Hellmuth, using dollar signs to denote his tournament chip stack, concluded the Twitter rant with: Never crossed my mind that I played today!! Started $11,800: 1 hr 40 min late + had $6,975, OUCH!!"

Fortunately for him, he was able to obtain some chips quickly after taking his seat. The blinds are currently at 300-600 with a 75 ante, meaning that he will have his work cut out for him if he wants to avenge his three runner-up finishes at this summer’s Series. One of his first hands back saw an under-the-gun player limp with pocket threes and then remarkably fold to a barely ten-big-blind shove from Hellmuth.

Update: Despite returning to a severe short stack of about 6,000, Hellmuth slowly rebuilt, and ended the day with about 65,000. He will continue the quest for no. 12 on Thursday for day 3.

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