Pros Rail on Twitter Against Hellmuth

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Pros Turn on Hellmuth
11:14
22 Nov

Read that headline however you like, but whatever Phil Hellmuth may think of his fellow professional players, it seems that one thing is for sure – he is not liked by a huge number of them if recent events are anything to go by!

Ike Haxton, Fedor Holz, Daniel ‘Jungleman’ Cates and a host of others took to Twitter to question the decision of Tim Ferriss to choose 14-time bracelet winner Hellmuth as the star for his new podcast named ‘Fear (less)'.

The NYT and Wall Street Journal best-selling author Ferriss tweeted:

…doubtless expecting Hellmuth’s fans to supply him with a list of interesting questions. Instead he received a barrage of anti-Hellmuth tweets from some of the world’s best players!



Terrence Chan started the deluge of criticism when he responded to Ferriss’ request with…

and then Isaac ‘Ike’ Haxton took a swipe at big Phil…

which was followed soon afterwards by Connor Drinan who stated…

The new show, produced by actor Vince Vaughn, “features in-depth, long-form conversations between bestselling author, entrepreneur, and investor Ferriss and top performers, focusing on how they’ve overcome fears and made hard decisions, embracing discomfort and thinking big,” according to the blurb. As well as Hellmuth, "guests will include ESPN founder Bill Rasmussen, illusionist David Blaine, and comedian Bill Burr.”

Hellmuth, one of the greatest players in poker history, is also known as one of the all-time egotisical self-promoters in the game, and consistently makes the list of ‘Poker’s Biggest Assholes’ regardless of who is compiling it. He tweeted of the Ferriss show…


It was Jason ‘cuntycakes123’ Mo, however, who ventured the most brutal reply to the idea of Hellmuth being chosen for such a big show, writing in his usual no-holds-barred style…

“@tferriss @phil_hellmuth ask about what he did with the millions he made promoting a poker site that stole every last dollar of player funds”

Even Justin Schwartz – not noted for being well-liked in the poker community – chimed in…

Hellmuth, as is his usual style, didn’t respond to any of the criticism – focusing instead on his wardrobe for the podcast interview with Ferriss…

And as the tweets piled up slagging Phil for his past misdemeanors and possibly worse, the ‘Poker Brat’ was simply ignoring things and getting on with his life…

…and sharing his tweet and banal philosophy….


For those who don’t know him, Ferriss, who has millions of followers of his podcast and books, is the author of bestsellers The 4-Hour Workweek, The 4-Hour Body, and The 4-Hour Chef. His‘The Tim Ferriss Show’ podcast has exceeded 100 million downloads, and his latest book is Tools of Titans: The Tactics, Routines, and Habits of Billionaires, Icons, and World-Class Performers.

Poker pro Sam Greenwood isn’t all that impressed, however, tweeting…

…but Steve O’Dwyer’s plea fell on deaf ears…

So Hellmuth was the star of the show again, which in all honesty I have to agree is not the best thing for poker considering the wealth of young talent out there who could have promoted the game much better. Still, all publicity is good publicity isn’t it? At least in Hellmuth’s world!


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Andrew from Edinburgh, Scotland, is a professional journalist, international-titled chess master, and avid poker player.Read more

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