Phil Hellmuth is known for his trademark tirade on the felt when things don’t go his way. He even has a suiting nickname, “poker Brat”, to show for it. However, some of his outbursts are borderline bullying, not to mention the accompanying vulgarity.

Recently, Hellmuth’s vulgar outburst was so bad that it necessitated WSOP tournament officials to intervene. It happened during the final table of the $10,000 Seven-Card Stud Championship. To make matters worse, the outburst was streamed live on PokerGo.


How it started

At the start of the final table, Hellmuth was comfortably in the lead. However, a few wrong decisions saw his chip lead evaporate and in a few minutes, he was fifth in chip rankings.

However, all hell broke loose when Hellmuth lost a hand to the eventual winner, Zinno.

The profanity-laden outburst shook the poker community and most people, professional players included, thought that Hellmuth took it too far. Hellmuth even threatened to burn the WSOP venue down.

I think I’m going to fucking burn this place down if I don’t win this fucking tournament.


Phil Hellmuth apologizes

After the tirade, comments castigating him came thick and fast. However, even the perpetrator himself thought he had taken it too far and apologized on Twitter.


The apology was relatively well-received. However, a section of the community didn’t believe that he can actually change.




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