Slice of Life: Phil Hellmuth Looks into Cheese Pizza’s Soul for Barstool Sports

December 3rd, 2017 by Jon Sofen

Phil Hellmuth, food critic? The Poker Brat was the latest guest on Dave Portnoy’s “One Bite,” a popular pizza review vlog from Barstool Sports, and he wasn’t exactly a fan of the slice he got to sample.

Phil Hellmuth and Dave Portnoy in New York City

Poker champion Phil Hellmuth joined Dave Portnoy of Barstool Sports to give commentary on a slice of New York pizza’s game. (Image: Barstool Sports)

Portnoy, aka “El Pres,” is the founder of Barstool Sports, a satirical sports and men’s lifestyle blog that has millions of followers.

The “One Bite” vlog was created for Portnoy, a New England sports enthusiast, to review the cheese pizza in every New York City pizzeria, while occasionally venturing into other cities.

The rules are simple: El Pres and, in most episodes, a guest, take one bite of pizza and then grade it on a scale of 0-10, with 10 being the most awesome slice of pizza ever.

Although the rules stipulate participants judge the pizza based on one bite, by the time Portnoy gives his score, he’s usually gobbled up the entire slice. Hey, when you’re the host, you get to do what you want.

Pizza Tells

An “embarrassed” Portnoy took the poker champ to 99 Cent Famous Pizza at 1 E 28th Street in New York City for a cheap date. On first impression, both were unenthused about the apparent quality of the za.

Hellmuth took a bite and was asked for his score.

“I’m an optimist, a high-grader. I’m calling it a four,” Hellmuth said.

Portnoy advised Hellmuth that he gave a “rookie” score for rounding up, instead of using decimals. The Poker Brat then changed his score to a less favorable 3.5.

El Pres took his first bite while Hellmuth was talking, and on his second chomp into this one-bite review, he asked Hellmuth to use his reading skills to guess how he will score the pizza based on his reaction.

“You’re going 2.7,” Hellmuth predicted.

“Not bad. I’m actually going 1.8,” Portnoy said. “This pizza stinks, but it’s a 99-cent slice I wouldn’t wish this upon my worst enemy.”

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Hellmuth was just passing through New York with his parents on his way to nearby Philadelphia, where he was hosting a charity poker tournament.

Portnoy said he was somewhat “embarrassed” for bringing a legendary poker pro and his family to such a lousy pizzeria. But Hellmuth didn’t seem bothered.

Following the review session, the 14-time WSOP bracelet winner joined Barstool Sports radio to discuss poker and, of course, promote his recently released autobiography, “Poker Brat.”

In Hellmuth’s world, having to eat a terrible 99-cent slice of pizza to get your face in front of an audience is just the cost of doing business.

5 Responses to “Slice of Life: Phil Hellmuth Looks into Cheese Pizza’s Soul for Barstool Sports”

  1. Dejange says:

    Pizza is one of my favorite dishes, but that one on the picture is not looking good at all! High scores, though 🙂

  2. ebellari says:

    nice pizza phill, enjoy 😉

  3. mtl mile end says:

    The key to not noticing how mediocre a 99 cent slice truly is, is to get it as hot and fresh as possible. If it’s still hot and they haven’t used terrible crust and sauce to make it, it will be OK. If it’s cold, forget it!

    “In Hellmuth’s world, having to eat a terrible 99-cent slice of pizza to get your face in front of an audience is just the cost of doing business.”

    I agree^, because he’s basically a good guy, doing the promo “tour”.

  4. PsychoVas says:

    Well, I always liked that big, mouthy guy. He is a great player, fun to watch, especially when he’s pizzed of (nothing to do with pizza). The fact that he had no problem in doing that review for a 99 cent slice, proves that he’s not conceited or even snobbish. The read was actually pretty good and the whole story gives a whole new meaning to “Portnoy’s Complaint” (great and extremely funny book, if you haven’t read it yet, please do!).

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