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The Phil Hellmuth Show Heads to London this Weekend

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The world of poker is made up of thousands of players, some of them no one ever hears about, and others that seem to live constantly in the lime light like Phil Hellmuth.
Volumes have been written and whispered about poker’s famous bad boy, but one thing you will never hear are the words boring, dull, and Hellmuth in the same sentence.

Since dropping out of the University of Wisconsin to pursue a poker career, Phil Hellmuth
burst upon the poker scene in 1989, when at just 24 he became the youngest player ever to win the WSOP main Event. Over the last 20 years, Hellmuth has proven himself time and again as being one of the top players in the world and one of only three players in history to win three WSOP gold bracelets within the same year.

"I expect great things to happen to me," Phil has said, and proving that expectations can be reached, he made history by being the first player ever to win 11 gold bracelets at the World Series of Poker, not to mention his five top-ten finishes in World Poker Tour events. Regardless of his table image as a brat, there is no denying Hellmuth’s track record. With over $7,000,000 in lifetime tournament earnings, multiple endorsement deals, books, and merchandise, Phil has risen to be one of the most famous and successful poker players in the world.

Phil’s public image is hard to figure out, known for his volatile table image; he goads his opponents and throws tantrums to rival any two year old. Put Phil in the seat of a bad beat and it is obvious he has earned his nickname "The Poker Brat."  But then ask Phil about what he would change in the world if he could and you get an answer that doesn’t fit his bad boy image at all when he says; “I would like everyone in the world to truly 'see the good' in everyone else. I believe that if that were the case, then we wouldn't have wars, murders and cruelty anymore.” Commenting on himself, he says, ‘I have a long way to go in my life to get to where I would like to be, but when I am at my best I am able to see the good even in some of the slimiest poker players out there. Sometimes it is hard, but I can always find something good in them eventually.”  

One thing no one can say is that Phil Hellmuth is boring. Being sponsored by Ultimate Bet Poker has opened doors for Phil to exert himself as an ambassador of poker and this he has done in a big way. At the 2008 WSOP, Phil Hellmuth made his grand entrance to the Main Event dressed in full military attire accompanied by a troop of pretty and scantily dressed female soldiers. The entrance reflected UltimateBet's 2008 UB Army theme, with the publicity helping spur Ultimate Bet Poker into being one of the most recognized and popular online poker sites in the industry.
Even when Phil crashed an Ultimate Bet race car outside of the Rio hotel and casino that year and caused tens of thousands of dollars in damages to the expensive car, Phil, charmed as ever, walked away unharmed, giving the press something new to write about.

When the 2009 WSOP rolled around, there was a lot of buzz from poker fans, not only for the excitement of the world’s largest poker event to get started, but the question was “What will Phil do this year?” The problem with staging such a spectacle in 2008 is that Hellmuth has to out-do himself every year now. Never again can he just stroll into the Main Event like all the other players.  Fans and spectators expect a show – and Phil Hellmuth is just the guy to give it to them.

Representing the Emperor that many fans consider him to be, for the 2009 WSOP Hellmuth made his way to the Rio dressed as Julius Caesar. Protected by Roman centurions, Phil was almost upstaged by muses who surrounded him throwing rose petals - outfitted in nothing but body paint. The over-the-top entrance this year was to celebrate Ultimate Bet Pokers 10th and Phil’s 20th anniversaries, to invite players to join its empire in Las Vegas and compete for a $10 million dollar special Main Event bonus. Although Hellmuth failed to add to his bracelet collection this year, he gained just as much attention as the November Nine final table did, proving you don’t have to win to be a star of the world’s biggest poker show.

So what is Hellmuth going to do for an encore? Proving to the world that he doesn’t reserve his showmanship for Las Vegas, he is taking the Phil show across the pond, where he will make his grand entrance to this year’s World Series of Poker Europe on Saturday, September 26th, 2009 at The Casino of the Empire.

While there is no word yet on exactly what Phil has planned, if his prior WSOP spectacles are any indication, his London entrance should be one of the highlights of the WSOPE this year. Last year he was rather subdued in London, but he did grab the spotlight by touring London aboard a double-decker bus with a his name on it while accompanied by 12 models, and hosting a lookalike contest where London locals were invited to dress like Phil when they attended the WSOPE. While he won’t have to go far to best himself over last year’s WSOPE antics, Locals in London can’t wait to see what he has in store for them this year.

Poker fans will have plenty of opportunities to see what Phil is up to this year when he makes his grand entrance at 12:30pm on Saturday, September 26th, 2009 at 5-6 Leicester Square. And making sure there will be plenty of photo ops, Phil will pose at 12:50pm in Leicester Square and outside The Casino of the Empire at approximately 1:00pm. For those who don’t want to miss a minute of the Phil show, he will be heading down Whitecomb St., turning left into Panton St, then turning left to the West Side of Leicester Square; he will be greeted by his entourage at the corner of Leicester Square and posing for pictures. The Phil parade will then continue to the entrance of The Casino at the Empire, where he will be met by a throng of beautiful models with which he will pose for photos before they escort him to his Main Event Seat.

Phil was once asked if he could change anything in the poker world what would it be? His response was, “I would like to find a way to make the general public understand poker. I believe that if the public understood poker, then it would become 'bigger than golf' worldwide. I mean anyone of any age (John Bonetti-71, Daniel Negreanu -25), sex, religion, race or nationality can play and enjoy this game. Physical prowess is not required in poker. You can use your mind to participate in poker.”

One thing about it, by staging these show stopping entrances to poker events, no one can say Phil isn’t trying to bring national attention to the great game of poker.

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