Phil Hellmuth yesterday extended his WSOP record with his 12th bracelet win. Celebrating his win, the world record holder heralded the presence of his son as a motivating factor on the final table.
Phil Hellmuth has credited his son, Phillip, with his most recent win in the World Series of Poker's Event #18.
Hellmuth yesterday extended his lead as the all-time most successful player in the World Series, as he bagged the 12th bracelet of his career.
In an interview with Pokernews immediately after his win, Hellmuth reflected over his achievement and among other things credited the presence of his son as the tipping factor that helped him seal the win.
"I always play great when my parents are in town. They been here for eight or nine of my 12 bracelets. When they show up I want to impress them," Hellmuth said.
"But I couldn't get my parents to come out the last two or three days, so I was going in the opposite direction. I told my wife, 'fly Phillip in, I have the chip lead. I think if he's here I might win it.'" he added.
The tactic seemingly worked out well, and soon after Hellmuth could lift his arms in celebration after defeating mixed game veteran Don Zewin heads-up.
To have his son on his side, Hellmtuh admitted, made the experience something very special.
"To have him here means so much to me, as a father," Hellmuth said.
"I think that I've been a really good father and a really good family guy. But I missed a lot of events for my family and having them here is just really special."
Hellmuth also admitted that the will be giving away his 12th bracelet, but said that he would rather not say who will receive the trophy gift
Watch the full interview here