Phillip Jerome Hellmuth Jr. is an American professional poker player. He's also won fifteen World Series of Poker bracelets.
In this episode of the Grow or Die Mid-Week Checkpoint, we examine a short clip of a Tim Ferris interview with 14-Time World Champion poker player, Phil Hellmuth. Phil walks us through a time when ego, fame, and the noise of life led him down a road that almost destroyed his marriage. Phil also shares the event that helped him change course and get on track. We give our commentary on key points of application for our own lives. 
Phil Hellmuth (@phil_hellmuth) is an American professional poker player who has won a record fourteen World Series of Poker bracelets. He is the winner of the Main Event of the 1989 World Series of Poker (WSOP) and the Main Event of the 2012 World Series of Poker Europe (WSOPE), and he is a 2007 inductee of the WSOP's Poker Hall of Fame. Hellmuth is also known for his temperamental "poker brat" personality -- reflected in his new book, Poker Brat: Phil Hellmuth's Autobiography. This episode comes from my new television show Fear(less), where I interview world-class performers about how they've overcome doubt, conquered fear, and made their toughest decisions. You can watch the entire first episode with illusionist David Blaine for free at (To watch all episodes, please visit DIRECTV NOW). We recorded three hours of material and only one hour was used for the TV show. This podcast episode is almost entirely new content that didn't appear on TV. In this conversation, we examine Phil's morning routine, the importance of goals and blessings, how he became the youngest person to win the World Series of Poker, his prep for high-stakes games, what it takes to compete at the highest level, and much, much more. Enjoy! Show notes and links for this episode can be found at This podcast is brought to you by MVMT. The founders are two college dropouts who wanted to wear fancy watches, but couldn't afford them -- so they decided to scratch their own itch and build a company around high-quality but affordable watches in 2013. They've gone from start-up to more than one million watches sold across 160 countries in just a few years -- an awesome success story that makes sense when you check out the product. MVMT offers classic designs, quality construction, and many different modern styles, so you can pick one that suits you. Get 15 percent off your entire purchase with free shipping (and free returns if you're dissatisfied for any reason) by visiting! This podcast is also brought to you by Mizzen + Main. These are the only "dress" shirts I now travel with -- fancy enough for important dinners but made from athletic, sweat-wicking material. No more ironing, no more steaming, no more hassle. They are a personal favorite of NFL phenom J.J. Watt, alongside many professional athletes. Click here for the exact shirts I wear most often. Don't forget to use the code "TIMFERRISS" at checkout for $50 off when you purchase three or more shirts.***If you enjoy the podcast, would you please consider leaving a short review on Apple Podcasts/iTunes? It takes less than 60 seconds, and it really makes a difference in helping to convince hard-to-get guests. I also love reading the reviews!For show notes and past guests, please visit up for Tim’s email newsletter (“5-Bullet Friday”) at transcripts of episodes, go to in sponsoring the podcast? Visit and fill out the form.Discover Tim’s books: Tim:Twitter: Instagram: YouTube:
Phil Hellmuth is probably the most famous poker player in the world. He holds the record for the most championship bracelets at the World Series Of Poker (14, including the Main Event in 1989 and the Main Event of the WSOP Europe in 2012) as well as the most final tables and the most cashes. He’s won over $21 million in poker tournaments and was inducted into the Poker Hall Of Fame in 2007. He’s a regular on Poker Night In America and ESPN’s coverage of the WSOP Main Event. Now he’s written his autobiography, “Poker Brat.”Among the questions I asked during our conversation: Who gave you that nickname?What's the answer to the question in Chapter 14: why do you act like a jerk sometimes?Why verbally abuse players who play badly — don’t you want them to do that?Do you root for players like John Hesp, the middle-aged Englishman who finished 4th in this year's WSOP Main Event?Which celebrities are fun to play with?What can be done to get more women to play poker?What is the biggest mistake most poker players make?Listen, then click here to subscribe to these podcasts via iTunes! Previously on Harris Online...A Final Table conversation with Phil Hellmuth about why he's still haunted by hands he played in the past (8/2/11).A Final Table conversation with Phil Hellmuth about coaching players who make the WSOP Final Table (11/3/09).A Final Table conversation with Dusty Schmidt, author of "Don't Listen To Phil Hellmuth" (5/11/11).
Phil Hellmuth is one of poker's biggest stars. His success is undeniable, as he's won 14 bracelets at the World Series of Poker, more than anyone else. And his outsize personality at the table has earned him the nickname "The Poker Brat." But while Hellmuth may be known for his outbursts and colorful behavior, he's actually one of the most disciplined players the game has ever seen. On this week's Odd Lots, Phil explains how he manages risk, how he avoids going on "tilt," how he prepares for big tournaments and how he keeps a fundamentally optimistic outlook on life. He also offers three simple words of advice for everyone who trades.
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Jul 16th, 1964
Palo Alto, CA, USA
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