re: Poker & night series
I met Phil at the Ultimate Bet party held at the Palms Casino the night before the WSOP
main event in 2005. Some of the other UB pros were there - Annie Duke, Devilfish, and Antonio Esfandiari, but Hellmuth didn't get there until later. He made a big entrance, of course, grabbed the microphone and made this announcement about how everyone there either loves or hates him.
Funny thing - he was the nicest, friendliest guy in the world, and clearly was more gregarious than the other pros.
If you search in some of my early posts, you'll find that I mentioned how I can't stand people like him who whine and are poor sports. I guess that when you get him away from the game (and the cameras), he appears to be a pretty darn nice guy.