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Hellmuth, Enright join Poker Hall of Fame

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Barbara Enright and Phil Hellmuth were the 2007 inductees into the hallowed hall, which includes such names as Doyle Brunson, Johnny Chan, Johnny Moss and "Wild Bill" Hickok. Billy Baxter and T.J. Cloutier were inducted last year.

While she was being inducted into the Poker Hall of Fame Thursday afternoon, Enright noted that the day marked a notable achievement.

"Today is probably the first and last time you won't see Phil Hellmuth in the corner crying about a bad beat," she said, drawing hearty laughs from the crowd.

"I have to do my mock whine," Hellmuth said as he rose from his chair and looked at World Series of Poker Commissioner Jeffrey Pollack during the annual press conference the day prior to the main event.

"You waited this long to put me into the Hall of Fame?" he asked Pollack. "I should have been there in my 20s or 30s." In case anyone was wondering, Hellmuth said he was only joking.

Hellmuth won his 11th WSOP gold bracelet during this Series, defeating 2,627 other players in the $1,500 no-limit Hold'em event June 9-11. He surpassed Brunson and Chan, who each have 10 bracelets. Brunson was inducted into the HOF in 1988; Chan in 2002.

Hellmuth still is the youngest player to win the main event of the WSOP, doing so at age 24 in 1989. He beat Johnny Chan heads-up to prevent Chan from winning his third straight Main Event.

Hellmuth's eleven bracelets:

1989 $10k NLH Main Event
1992 $5k LH
1993 $1.5k LH
1993 $2.5k NLH
1993 $5k NLH
1997 $3k PLH
2001 $2k NLH
2003 $2k $2.5k LH
2003 $3k NLH
2006 $1k NLH w/Re-Buys
2007 $1.5k NLH

 

Hellmuth also has the most cashes in history, sixty-three and counting with six this year. He thanked his family, many of whom were in attendance, for their support, joking that he gave his parents heart attacks when he told them he wanted to play poker for a living.

"I'm still recovering," Phil Hellmuth Sr. quipped from the front row.

Hellmuth is considered by many to be the best Texas Hold-Em tournament player in the world. Considering that all eleven of his bracelets are in Hold-Em events, it's a reasonable argument.

"I feel like I've worked really hard to get into the Hall of Fame, but I'm not done," Hellmuth said. "I didn't celebrate eleven too much, because I was thinking about 12."

Hellmuth said he hopes to get twenty-four bracelets before his poker career is over, to which a jester in the crowd replied, "Good luck!"

 

Enright, the first woman inducted into the HOF, has also enjoyed an illustrious career. She won her first WSOP bracelet in 1994, with a victory in the Women's Stud event. Enright followed that with a final table of the Main Event in 1995, becoming the first woman to ever make a Main Event final table in the year that "Action Dan" Harrington won the championship. She could tell Hellmuth a thing or two about bad beats. She was poised to double up at the Final Table only to have her pocket eights cracked by 6-3s to exit in 5th place.

She won her second WSOP bracelet in 1996 with a victory in the $2,500 pot-limit hold'em event, making her the first woman to win an open WSOP event. Her last WSOP cash was in the 2005 Main Event.

She's recently been seen playing many events of the Binion's Poker Classic, where she has made a few cashes this summer.

Enright said she considers the award as a lifetime achievement honor more so than anything she's done recently in poker, though she is very proud of the accomplishments she has achieved in the past two decades.

"I worked real hard and did a lot," she said.

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