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.
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.
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.