Poker History – Phil-Hellmuth


Poker history can be a pretty wide area of poker to cover. There are tons of issues, hands or situations that could be thrown into the poker history category. Continuing on with the past couple weeks I am going to cover a particular player who has made great history for himself. This player has been nothing short of incredible and almost everything he does is a notable feat in the poker world. The player I am talking about today is Phil Hellmuth.

Phil Hellmuth was the youngest player to win the World Series of Poker, beating out the defending Johnny Chan in 1989. He went on to grab his 10th WSOP bracelet in the $1000 dollar bracket. Hellmuth has won a total of over 5.6 million dollars playing poker, and is ranked 7th overall on the WSOP money list!

Hellmuth tends to narrow his focus on playing mainly in the WSOP. He hasn’t won a WPT (World Poker Tour) event, but he has won a few Late Night Poker events. He is also notable for his brash and direct statements to other players when a bad beat has taken place, and is relatively condescending towards non-veteran players.

Despite his brash playing, he is a very talented Texas Hold’em player and has won a large amount of events over his short career as a bitcoin blackjack young player. At only 24 years old he has accomplished more than most players and it looks like he will continue to push the envelope in the poker world.

I will continue with these poker player histories each week and I hope you are enjoying them. It’s always exciting to see how players can come from a “normal” background and manage to do so well in being a professional poker player. Personally, I consider it an inspiration considering Hellmuth is only a year older than myself and has won millions of dollar more than I have earned in my entire life!

Poker history applies to many facets of poker. Last week I told you about one of the most well known poker players in recent poker history, Doyle Brunson. Outlining the past of these iconic players has been interesting for me because it shows that these guys are regular people just like you and me. It showcases that anybody can have the opportunity to do well with some dedication and a bit of luck. This week I would like to outline a little bit about Thuan “Scotty” Nguyen, a very well known poker face in recent history.

Scotty Nguyen, born in Vietnam, is one of the most well known and successful poker players in professional poker. He has cashed in 174 events, winning a total of over seven million dollars. Out of those 174 events he has taken first place thirty times, four of those netting him a World Series of Poker bracelet.

Many of us will recognize him for his very animated style of playing, making comments such as “baby” and “yeah baby” during exciting matches. Nguyen has not only won World Series of Poker Events, he has won a few in the World Poker Tour as well. He’s won in both Texas Hold’em and Seven Card Stud High Low Eight or Better events, and has been seen playing Blackjack on television as well.

Scotty has done well even in the face of negativity. The day after his win at the 1998 World Series of Poker his brother was hit and killed by a car in Vietnam. To this day he does not wear the bracelet he won the day before. Even when things get tough or he takes a bad beat on the poker table or in life he seems to bounce back. Nguyen has coined the term “That’s poker baby” when facing a bad beat. If all of us could take such things in stride we wouldn’t have the Tony G’s of poker, and a lot less stress to go around because of it!

Stay tuned for more interesting poker history articles. Keep tabs on this stuff, you never know if you’re going to be the feature player in a poker history article 10 years down the road!

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