Starting today – and running through till Friday — Phil Hellmuth is in residence on Live at the Bike! The Poker Brat is taking over the live streamed cash game show, with a series of lineups that he helped pick out.
Given Phil’s reputation both as a celebrity and (rather less deservedly) as a cash game fish, he was able to draw some big names. Garrett Adelstein is in. Though at this point, Adelstein attending a cash game has gone from quotidian to outright cliché. Along with Adelstein, we can expect to see Mike Matusow, Freddy Deeb, Houston Curtis, Bill Klein, and Eric Persson.
Hellmuth’s run on LATB comes at a busy time for poker cash games. PokerGO launched No Gamble, No Future yesterday. Plus, Hustler Casino Live — LATB’s most direct competition — is doing a full week of high stakes games.
But Hellmuth is relying on some fireworks to draw the crowd away from the competition.
The bad-boy quotient is high on this show. Mike Matusow isn’t called “the Mouth” for nothing and Houston Curtis is an admitted card sharp. But the big reason to watch will be for the rematch between Persson and Hellmuth.
This isn’t a clash of card players but of boisterous personalities.
Persson and Hellmuth formed an odd bond during a heads-up fracas in which Hellmuth ended up calling the floor on Persson. Since then, the two have made up. Echoing Hellmuth’s own rise to notoriety, Persson was able to parlay the heads-up headlines into some minor poker celebrity. It’s a reminder that bad behavior is a lot more entertaining than the po-faced regulars of most high roller tourneys.
The show kicks off this evening with further streams tomorrow and Friday on the Live at the Bike! Youtube channel.
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