Originally Posted by vwls
What makes you feel this way?
Personally I just don't see Phil Helmuth giving away his true strategy and tactics. He may give basic advice (which is mainly what I've seen from him), or even advice that "sounds" good but I don't think he would want to give an edge to anyone out there. I am simply basing this off of two things...
1st. His character. Anyone who watches Phil play can tell he is an extremely self centered, tantrum throwing player. People with those characteristics generally ten to be narcissists.
Definition of narcissist (tell me this isn't Phil Helmuth...)
"Narcissistic personality disorder is a mental disorder in which people have an inflated sense of their own importance, a deep need for admiration and a lack of empathy for others
. But behind this mask of ultraconfidence lies a fragile self-esteem
that's vulnerable to the slightest criticism.
A narcissistic personality disorder causes problems in many areas of life, such as relationships, work, school or financial affairs. You may be generally unhappy and disappointed when you're not given the special favors or admiration you believe you deserve
. Others may not enjoy being around you, and you may find your relationships unfulfilling."
I highlight certain areas I believe truly pertain to Phil Helmuth. Would you really expect someone with fragile self esteem, an extreme need for admiration from others, and zero empathy for others to try and help other people out? He wants admiration, why would he give that away to someone else? You see how he acts when he loses, he does nothing but put the other person down even if they played the hand perfectly. Tends to do this more so to anyone that has not achieved more than him, primarily people like negreanu, hansen, ivey, brunson, etc. I think he respects those people so much he would chop his own finger off to keep/get admiration/respect from them. But as for helping us, the "little" people, he would never imho. You've all seen how he treats people who beat him that aren't of the above listed group....
He even did it to Tom Dwan when he first arrived on the scene...the guy who turned 50 bucks into millions and stuck around for years to come after in a heads up he told him he wouldn't last a year or even maybe months i believe....
"Unhappy when not given special favors" Im sure you've seen him attack dealers when his hands bust...?
I could see negreanu helping more so, but probably more in a 1 on 1 with him, behind closed doors....not in a video for the world to see. I just don't see any of them giving their true strategy or tactics...See if you watch their videos, it's stuff you already know, you just need to work on discipline in my opinion. I like Gus hansen bc he gives little useful tips like the use of the 4/2 rule. I always worked those odds
out in my head and never realised it could be that much easier...idk, I evaluate character then generally go to "Okay Ill take advice from this guy"..Mainly why I give Gus Hansen credit...he seems like the guy that just doesn't care. He's like "ahh I've made plenty, Im confident in my abilities to use my tactics better then anyone, so here's some advice" lol
watch the whole video, but if you want skip to 4:50.....