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Play With ‘The Poker Brat” Phil Hellmuth at Ultimate Bet Poker

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Phil Hellmuth, Jr., known AKA the poker brat, may currently reside in Palo Alto, California, but he makes his home at Ultimate Bet Poker. Born July 16, 1964 in Madison, Wisconsin, this Ultimate Bet Poker Pro is known just as much for his poker table antics and bad beat outbursts as he is for his extraordinary record as a seasoned tournament player.

At the ripe old age of 24, Hellmuth earned the honor of being the youngest person to win the WSOP Main Event when he bested two-time defending champion Johnny Chan in 1989.

Then, in 2006, Hellmuth became a living legend, and joined the short and exclusive list of only three poker players in history to win ten World Series of Poker (WSOP) bracelets. The only other players to make the list prior to Hellmuth were Johnny Chan and Doyle Brunson. But, Hellmuth stands out with distinction even in this small yet legendary group. Why? Because all of his WSOP wins have been attained exclusively in Texas Hold'em events! Then, if he had not proven his skills well enough already, Hellmuth went on to earn a record 11th bracelet in No-Limit Hold'em at the 2007 WSOP after which he was inaugurated into the Poker Hall of Fame. Not only has he accumulated more than 50 tournament titles, but he has also finished in the top ten in five World Poker Tour events. And if all that wasn’t impressive enough, he also holds the record for most final table cashes at the WSOP and has earned almost $9 million in career tournament winnings!

The oldest of 5 children, Hellmuth was always competitive when playing board games with his siblings, believing he had to win because he was the oldest. His mother posted a sign in the solitary bathroom of the home where he was raised that read, "You are what you think; You become what you think; What you think becomes reality" which Hellmuth read every time he brushed his teeth or showered. While growing up, he was inspired to be an achiever because of his mother's belief that her children could reach any goal that they chose to undertake.

Hellmuth learned how to play poker as a student at the University of Wisconsin. He eventually left behind cash games at the student union and moved on to high stakes poker games, playing with university professors and finally dropped out of school to play professionally.

Hellmuth's reputation for exhibiting a less than professional attitude, especially when he loses, coupled with an enormous ego, has earned him the well-known nickname of "Poker Brat." He says that he just loses control when opponents win by only the luck of the cards rather than by playing skillfully. Ironically, his antics have also made him a favorite of poker television producers who know if the spotlight is on Phil, they never know what he may do to entertain. While his temper may be unpredictable, still he is highly respected among his professional poker playing peers and to prove it, they voted him the best No-Limit Hold'em tournament player in the world in 1996.

In other aspects of his life, Hellmuth shares his Palo Alto, California residence with his wife and two sons and is very committed to his family. He is the author of best-selling poker books such as Play Poker like the Pros and Bad Beats and Lucky Draws.  In addition, an autobiography is planned and a screenplay based on his life story has been optioned.

Now that you know more about Ultimate Bet Poker’s very own poker brat, Phil Hellmuth, why not get to know him a little more personally? Download Ultimate Bet Poker now and get an unbelievable deposit bonus of 150% up to $1,600! Then log-in to Ultimate Bet Poker today and look for Phil and the other pros at the tables. Only at Ultimate Bet Poker, you can pit you skills against so many champs and maybe they can teach you a thing or two about improving your own game!

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