Poker Hall of Famer, Phil Hellmuth Jr., maintains the record for winning the most World Series of Poker bracelets (11), as well as the highest number of career WSOP cashes. With a reputation for childish outbursts, Phil "The Poker Brat" Hellmuth is a famously sore loser on the rare occasion when he mistakenly puts is opponent on a bluff.
Born in 1964, Phil Hellmuth Jr. was the first of five children born to University of Wisconsin dean Phil Sr. and sculptor Lynn Hellmuth. Growing up in Madison, Wisconsin, Phil attended elementary school
at Blessed Sacrement, where he befriended the tragic Saturday Night Live comedian, Chris Farley.
Like many professional poker players
, Phil was first introduced to cards in family games. He learned to play the poker favorite, Texas Hold'em, while attending the University of Wisconsin. Soon, Phil Hellmuth was pulling down respectable earnings in local card games, and decided to drop out of college to pursue a full time poker career.
Phil Hellmuth made numerous trips to Las Vegas, busting his bankroll and returning home to rebuild ten times before finally beating the tables. Eventually, his persistence paid off, and Phil Hellmuth claimed his first WSOP bracelet in the main event of the 1989 World Series of Poker when he defeated poker legend Johnny Chan. At 24, Hellmuth became the youngest player to win the world championship event.
Three years later, Phil Hellmuth earned his second WSOP bracelet in the $5,000 Limit Hold'em preliminary event, along with $168K. Hellmuth set another WSOP record in 1993 when he claimed three bracelets in one year, and over $450K in combined first place winnings - all in Texas Hold'em
In 1997, Phil won his sixth bracelet, and over $200K, at $3,000 Pot Limit Hold'em. It would be another four years before Hellmuth took home his seventh WSOP bracelet and $316K for his win in the 2001 $2,000 No Limit Texas Hold'em event. Phill Hellmuth took down two more bracelets at the 2003 WSOP in both Limit and No Limit Hold'em events, bringing his total to nine bracelets.
The tenth of Phil Hellmuth's World Series bracelets came in 2006, when he won the $1,000 No Limit Hold'em with rebuys event for almost $632K, tying Johnny Chan
and Doyle Brunson for most WSOP bracelets won. The tie was broken the following year when Phil won the 2007 WSOP $1,500 No Limit Texas Hold'em event for just over $637K, and his record-breaking eleventh bracelet.
With such an incredible tournament track record, it was no surprise when Phil Hellmuth joined Ultimate Bet's team of online poker
players. For several years, Phil's face welcomed new players to the online poker site
, since rebranded as UB.com. However, Phil Hellmuth and UB confirmed on December 30, 2010 that Hellmuth would be leaving his long-held position on Team UB in a mutual decision to dissolve their relationship.
Though Phil Hellmuth has won eleven WSOP bracelets, he has famously given all but the very first away to relatives and friends. Proud owners of a WSOP bracelet won by Phil Hellmuth include his parents, wife Kathy, both of Phil's sons and his three sisters.