As famous as he is from his impressive amount of wins and records, he is as infamous because of his bad beat tirades.
For 'The Poker Brat' the successtory started when he dropped out of school and started to play fulltime poker. This resulted in 11 bracelets and 63 cashes in the WSOP, and we haven't seen the last of him yet.
Phillip J. Hellmuth, Jr. (born July 16, 1964 in Madison, Wisconsin.) Phil was the oldest of five children, and according to him his youth consisted of nothing but school, homework and studies.
Typical for The Poker Brat's game is to play many hands and making small bets with the purpose of outplaying his opponent at a later time. This strategy proves to be highly effective against weaker poker players and amateurs who don't want to risk their tournament with a lesser hand. Phil is also known as a bad loser, who puts down his opponents when they make a bad call or raise in Phil's opinion. While many professional players, amateurs, and fans alike consider this behaviour distasteful and abrasive at times, they respect his talent for the game and his personality when he is away from the table. It can be said that Hellmuth engages in some bad behaviour on purpose, since a large part of selling his image is as a "poker brat." His qualities at cashgames as well as his (lack of) selfcontrol are often criticized, and Phil tries very hard to prove them wrong (as you can clearly see in the second clip)
When he was 19 Phil quit his studies at the University of Wisconsin to
become a poker pro. He proved it was the right choice by becoming 5th
in the 1988 WSOP seven-card stud high-low tournament. This was the
start of a legendary series of wins and cashes. At the age of 24
Hellmuth won the 1989 World Series of Poker Main Event, beating Stuey
Ungar's record as the youngest player to win the WSOP. With a record
total of 11 WSOP bracelets (3 of them in one year, in 3 consecutive
days!) and 63 cashes he earned a place in the Poker Hall Off Fame.
it comes to the record of most final tables, Phil is in good company:
he shares the lead with T.J. Cloutier with an amazing 39 tables.
Some memorable Hellmuth quotes:
"If luck weren't involved, I guess I'd win every one"
"That’s why I make millions of dollars a year playing poker"
"I've revolutionized the way to play Texas hold 'em"
"Honey! Honey! I was supposed to go broke on that hand, honey, except they forgot one thing: I can dodge bullets, baby" (after laying down Ace King to an opponent with pocket Aces on a board of A 4 4 Q rainbow)