If there is one thing that could be learned from Poker Brat at least from the example of Phil Hellmuth, it is power. Power of money, power of achievement, power of living life on your own terms, basically the power within!
A college drop out, the success story of Phil began in 1988. And that story would make quite a fat book should we say?! Just a few chapters to mention: won the main event at the Seven card Hi/Low tournament being the youngest payer to do so, depo 20+20 one of only three players in history to win three gold bracelets within a single year, a feat not unsurpassed of three consecutive WSOP (World Series of Poker) wins in three consecutive days, At age 42, he is already a member of the Poker Hall of Fame. Hellmuth currently holds the record for most championship bracelets won in the WSOP
Love him, hate him, cant ignore him! This former world champion is called the Poker Brat because of his brash attitude and ego. He is arguably the most successful tournament poker player in the history of the game.
Hellmuth has penned two books, “Play Poker Like the Pros” and the semi-autobiographical “Poker Brat.” This brat has come a long long way from when he first defeated two time Poker world champion Johnny Chan at the WSOP main event as a skinny college kid at the age of 24 being the youngest player to do so then!
Hellmuth’s style of play is extremely aggressive, showing off his strong hands very explicitly is believed to be his greatest weakness and strength in one breath by critics. To add to it he can be a mean brat to put down a new paying player in one of the lower rungs.
With these brat traits the poker room found a way to deal with him and keep his ego in check for the majority of the time. Hellmuth would often get into a Twitter war with other prominent pros like big Lessorte and got in trouble for it. After he became a favored player at the PokerStars weekly tournaments, he would constantly try to bug the other players to bluff at him, even though it wasn’t his turn to act. Big Lessorte would always get under his skin by raising and re-raising. Hellmuth would then respond with a long series of increasingly angry responses, clearly trying to get the upper hand just a tad bit.
There isn’t much to talk about with Hellmuth these days. He stopped playing big buy-in events shortly after the 2003 season, he has been quoted as saying that poker is “a game of faith” and that he doesn’t believe in “doing my homework” anymore, and he basically stops playing at almost the exact time he stops reading books and studies.
When I analyze plays like Hellmuth’s, it helps to look at his win rate during the exact time frame of when he made the big decisions. If he was making decisions during the early 2000’s, that is, before he became a household name, he probably would not have won nearly as many tournaments as he did in the early 2000’s. He definitely wouldn’t have become WSOP heads-up champ in either 2003 or 2004 without the help of a big win streak. While his win last year (2006) is certainly impressive, it pales in comparison to some of the bigger wins in WSOP history.
A number of sports bettors will continue to be successful in sports betting as long as they can maintain focus and consistency. careers in betting can be difficult to maintain when you’re dealing with emotions, adds and other psychological aspects that are Involved with the Game. If you think you are better than your opponent, you aren’t usually going to be very successful in sports betting.