Some argue that Hellmuth is the greatest poker player of all time based solely on his World Series success and the fact that he’s been doing it so long. The college drop-out turned poker pro has had an illustrious World Series of Poker showing throughout his career.
He is ranked first in bracelets with 16. His first bracelet came in the 1989 No Limit Hold’em World Championship, and he hasn’t looked back since.
The most recent of his 16 bracelets came in the WSOP 2021 Event #31: $1,500 No-Limit 2-7 Lowball Draw. Two of those bracelets came in Seven-Card Razz, showcasing the wide array of games Hellmuth can dominate.
Hellmuth also made it to the final table of this year’s Seven Card Stud final table and showed some of his bratty antics. In fact, PokerGO captured what may be Hellmuth’s biggest tirade of his career.
Along with the bracelets, Hellmuth is also ranked seventh all-time on the World Series cash list with 156. He is first for the most WSOP final tables with 70, and is ranked fourth all-time for total WSOP earnings with $15,379,163 behind Dan Colman, Daniel Negreanu, and Antonio Esfandiari.
Hellmuth has shown his ability to evolve with the game, maintain a level of success poker players dream of and prove his doubters wrong. At this point, it’s about legacy for him, and showing continued success in WSOP events is what he believes to be the best way to cement his.
“I constantly think about legacy,” Phil said in an interview. “What I’ve done, what I can do. I decided that I wanted to be the greatest poker player of all time and I decided I had to do it in world series tournaments. I think most people are giving me the title of greatest of all time right now, but they’re not saying I’m the best player today.”
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