Phil Hellmuth will step away from his courtside seats at Golden State Warriors home games to compete in three season-ending episodes of Poker After Dark next week in Las Vegas on PokerGO, a subscription-based poker app. The December 19-21 shows are being dubbed Holidays with Hellmuth.
Each episode begins at 3 pm PT, starting with a $10,000 buy-in six-player sit-and-go on Tuesday. The following day, seven players will compete in a $100/$200 no-limit hold’em cash game. And the 2017 season wraps up Thursday with a $25,000 buy-in six-player sit and go. Hellmuth is the only player who will compete each day.
Tuesday’s cast also includes Randall Emmett, Maria Ho, Dan Shak, Antonio Esfandiari, and Mike Matusow, in a winner-take-all match ($60,000).
Emmett and Shak will return on Wednesday to battle in a high-stakes cash game, along with Hellmuth, and will be joined by David “Doc” Sands, Avi Freedman, Rick Thompson, and Zach Hyman. Thursday’s finale will feature Hellmuth, Joe Marchese, Dave Penski, Maria Ho, Daniel Negreanu, and Antonio Esfandiari.
Before Poker After Dark ceased to exist following the 2011 season, Hellmuth was a regular competitor. But, surprisingly, he hasn’t yet made an appearance on the reboot season, which began in August.
The Poker Brat verified his moniker numerous times on Poker After Dark, often melting down over a bad beat or complaining on his way out the door.
Hellmuth’s Memorable Poker After Dark Moment
In a 2010 hand against Tom “durrrr” Dwan, Phil was on the losing end of a rivered two-outer. Dwan, holding pocket 6’s, hit his set on the river to crack Hellmuth’s pocket 7’s.
The Poker Brat bet $7,000 on the river into a pot of $53,200 and got raised to $59,000.
“If Phil calls here, take cover,” commentator Ali Nejad warned, while Hellmuth pondered his decision.
After tanking for five minutes, he eventually made the correct decision to lay his hand down. Dwan showed his cards, and a frustrated Hellmuth couldn’t believe he had just lost to “another f*cking two-outer.”
When Hellmuth loses a pot on Poker After Dark next week, you can rest assured he will handle it with the same amount of professionalism as President Donald Trump does when criticized.
All Good Things Must Come to an End
Poker Central hasn’t yet announced if Poker After Dark will return for another season in 2018. But the 2017 slate will conclude on Thursday.
The reboot season features some of the highest stakes cash games in the show’s history and many of the same past PAD regulars, including Daniel Negreanu, Tom Dwan, and Phil Galfond.
The season began with the return of Dwan, one of the games most popular stars who has been absent from the limelight the past couple of years. Tom didn’t miss a beat, catching many big hands, including winning a $750,000 pot against Antonio Esfandiari, just like he did frequently back in the day on the old PAD.
New-school players such as Jason Koon and Doug Polk made their Poker After Dark debuted this past season.