Phil Hellmuth came through for his backers once again. The Poker Brat won nearly $300,000 over two “Poker After Dark” cash game sessions this week. More than $60,000 of that goes to those who invested in the 15-time WSOP bracelet winner on YouStake.
Hellmuth partook in “Under the Gun” week on “Poker After Dark” on Tuesday and Wednesday. He was joined at the high-stakes table inside the PokerGo Studio in Las Vegas by Jennifer Tilly, Eli Elezra, Randall Emmett, Jean-Robert Bellande, and other skilled pros.
Ali Nejad, the poker show’s long-time commentator was again behind the mic for two days of $100/$200 no-limit hold’em.
Big Hand Leads to Big Win
As he’s done many times in his brilliant career, Hellmuth stole the show, and not just for his bratty antics. He was a big winner, taking home a $294,600 profit total between the two sessions ($91,500 on Tuesday and $203,100 on Wednesday), thanks in large part to one epic hand.
More than 100 people bought a piece of Hellmuth’s action on YouStake and will share over $60,000 in profits. The Poker Brat will keep the rest of the money to add to his nest egg.
The first session got off to a rocky start for the WSOP’s all-time winningest bracelet winner. He lost more than half his $20,000 starting stack early on but ran that $7,000 up to over $100,000 before running into a dream scenario against Bellande on the second-to-last hand of the night.
Phil Hellmuth A♥A♣
Jean-Robert Bellande A♦J♠
Hellmuth opened to $1,100 and then Bellande three-bet to $6,000. The Poker Brat then moved all-in for $116,000 total, leaving JRB in an obvious fold situation. Or, maybe not.
“The only reason I might call you is because, oh my gosh, I see it right now, the video is already playing in my head. You’re going to show me ten-freaking-high,” Bellande said as he pondered his move.
“If I lose the flip, I’m still only stuck ($50,000),” he continued while completely misreading his opponent’s hand.
After seven minutes in the tank, JRB begrudgingly made the call, creating a pot of $235,600. The players agreed to run it once. The board ran out K♠7♣9♦2♣. The irrelevant river card wasn’t visible.
Is He Worth the Investment?
Hellmuth received heavy criticism from the poker community earlier in the summer for charging a 1.8 markup (80% markup) on his action in a $10,000 buy-in WSOP event. Most top pros command 1.2-1.5 markup.
The price he charged his investors for that event caused a stir on Twitter, with pros such as Scott Seiver calling Hellmuth “absolutely pathetic.”
High markup or not, Hellmuth has come through again for his backers, this time they’ll share a $60,000 prize. That doesn’t seem “absolutely pathetic” to us.