Poker Ace: Phil Hellmuth

Many poker experts consider Phil Hellmuth the greatest living poker player. Some historians even go so far as to brand him the greatest poker player in history. This poker ace, from Madison, Wisconsin has set the record for more World Series of Poker bracelets, at 14. He also won the 1989 World Series of Poker’s Main Event, as well as the Main Event of the 2012 World Series of Poker Europe.

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As we mentioned, Hellmuth is a native of Madison, Wisconsin, having studied in both Madison West High School and the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He dropped out of college though after three years, and became poker player. In 1992, Hellmuth relocated to Palo Alto, California with his family.

Over the past three decades, Hellmuth has won a little under $21 million in live tournaments. That number is good enough to put him in seventh place of the all-time money list.

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Just like many of the greats in any sport, Hellmuth is not without controversy. In fact, he is as famous for his “Poker Brat” personality, as much as his talent and skill with the game. He is known to tell others off when he finds them too noisy, or even walk out on televised games when conditions don’t go his way. But somehow, this only adds to his mystique.

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The Road To Greatness: Football Training

For people who aren’t that observant, the tendency is to think that physical training for all sports is more or less the same. However, that’s a false theory. Different sports have different demands on the body. Although strength and endurance are naturally part of an athlete’s top priorities, there are a host of other facets to develop.

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American football is one of the sports that is rather unique from the rest since it doesn’t involve long stretches of motion. In fact, in American football, sudden bursts of speed and shifts in direction, powerful tackling, and other explosive motions happen in the space of a few seconds. A bigger chunk of the time is spent planning out strategies.

So what kind of physical regimen does a football player need? The five basic ingredients that a football player needs to be explosive on the field are speed, quickness, strength, mobility, and agility.

For speed and quickness, leg drills are important. Sprinting as well as agility ladder drills are especially helpful. This goes double for the players on defense with the larger physiques. They too have to move as quick as the offense of the opposing team.

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Strength here means power to tackle, or halt an opposing player in his tracks. This is where the tackle dummies come in. Football players are also known to make good use of the sled and even pull along some of the coaching staff. This is very helpful in-game when they collide with earth-shattering force against the opposition.

Finally, mobility and agility drills make good use of cones. Leg strength and flexibility is also very important in this aspect.

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The Alternative Guide To Visiting Vegas

Las Vegas is mostly known for its casinos. And to be honest, for those who are not so much into gambling, the place doesn’t look too attractive. But before you dismiss the place, let me tell you that there are other things to enjoy in Las Vegas.

1. Watch shows.
Visitors can book tickets to watch concert artists like Celine Dion at Caesars Palace or witness daring and colorful performances by The Blue Man Group and Cirque du Soleil. If you’re up for a night of entertainment, you should definitely book tickets to see a show or two when in Vegas.

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2. Enjoy amusement park rides.
Here’s the surprising thing about Vegas: the casinos have family-friendly attractions. You might want to check out Circus Circus or Stratosphere for adventurous rides that will give you an adrenaline rush.

3. Check out the exhibitions.
If you’re the museum-loving type, I suggest you check out the Discovery Children’s Museum, Nevada State Museum, The Neon Museum, and more. The Venetian and other hotels also hosts exhibitions featuring works from famous artists and photographers.


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4. Go on a nature trip.
The Grand Canyon is quite far from Vegas but visitors can book helicopter rides to see the glorious sight even for just a short time. You can also visit nearby sites like Red Rock, Hoover Dam, and Lake Mead. If you’re tired of all the flashing lights, escape the city for half a day and enjoy nature.

5. Indulge in good food.
After a day of touring, reward yourself with a buffet dinner at The Strip and you won’t be disappointed. Wicked Spoon at The Cosmopolitan, Bellagio Buffet, Bacchanal Buffet at Caesars, are some of the famous places where visitors and locals dine. When in Vegas, you must stuff yourself with great food. It’s a must.

If you’re not into wasting your hard-earned cash for betting, there are a hundred and one ways for you to enjoy the city. Bring your friends and family along for a memorable trip. Give Las Vegas a chance and I promise you won’t be disappointed.

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