With 14 gold bracelets and 132 cashes, Phil Hellmuth is the most successful player in the history of the World Series of Poker. He has won WSOP and WSOP Europe Main Event titles, has published several books, and in 2007 has been inducted into the Poker Hall of Fame.
One tournament he never won yet, is the $ 50,000 Poker Player’s Championship. In 2011, he lost in the heads up to Brian Rast – as a runner-up, he took home $ 1,063,034.
It goes without saying that the “Poker Brat” plays one of the most prestigious bracelet events of the summer, the annual $ 50,000 Poker Player’s Championship. In fact, everything has indicated that he would sell his action on YouStake – but not with a markup of 1.8. That had led to a bit of trouble on Twitter a few weeks ago.
Since Hellmuth was able to sell his action with a markup of 1.8, it seemed clear that he would succeed in the $ 50K PPC as well. Incomprehensibly, he sent a tweet during the day that he was going to miss the tournament. He advised his investors to look at the offer of his friend Mike “The Mouth” Matusow, who sold his action with a lower markup of 1.25.
Immediately some fans commented it
“Very weird decision with all that talking,” said Dominic Sanche on Twitter. 1.5 markup is a bit too much. “
@ dweb77 added, Very interesting that the leading bracelet winner is not playing in the most prestigious event. Other than the main event you would think your preparation and planning would revolve around participating in the $50k. What is really going on here?“
David “ODB” Baker was one of many who encouraged Hellmuth to rethink his decision because “as one of the most recognizable [poker] personalities, he would contribute a lot to the event.”
Hellmuth replied that his gut feeling told him not to play.„Everything I have, and everything that I own, is because of my gut“ said Hellmuth. “I’m aware that it sounds weird to skip it.”
Instead of playing the $ 50K Poker Player’s Championship, 53-year-old Hellmuth took part in the Senior Event for the first time – after three hands the fun was over. He used a rebuy and, believe it or not, it was again over after three hands.
Hellmuth could have signed up for the $ 50K on Sunday, but he does not. Instead, he announced on Twitter that he will not miss the tournament for the next two decades.