Tuesday, August 02, 2011

Final Table #131: Phil Hellmuth



Today on The Final Table poker radio show, we talked with Phil Hellmuth, owner of 11 World Series of Poker bracelets, who almost won his 12th this summer, finishing 2nd in 3 WSOP events and cashing in 2 others.

While Hellmuth still has a big ego, he did quiet some of his critics with his performance this summer, and you'll hear no evidence of The Poker Brat in our conversation. He was remarkably blunt in admitting mistakes he made when it got to heads-up in the $50k Poker Players Championship, analyzing several hands in detail and explaining why he regrets playing them the way he did.

We also talked to him about:
  • why he's still haunted by some of those hands;
  • how he improved his non-hold-em games, and who helped him;
  • his advice for this year's November Nine;
  • why he gave props to Minh Ly when he was eliminated 3rd in the PPC;
  • whether he'll play in the upcoming Epic Poker League, and whether it's good for the game.
In our news segment, we discussed a controversial hand at the EPT Grand Final, whether the Epic Poker League's TV deal will attract more players to its inaugural event later this week, and the two Bad Beat Jackpots that have hit in the Harrah's St. Louis poker room in the last 3 days -- for a total of almost $400,000.

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