Poker Blog Review: Phil Hellmuth, Jr. (http://www.philhellmuth.com/phil-hellmuth-poker-blog.html)


“Right now it is my time in poker, and I hope that this translates into one or two bracelets this year. Tomorrow I will have a shot at my tenth…” said Phil Hellmuth, Jr. in his latest (July 16th – 17th) blog post, and although the tenth bracelet didn’t pan out it does not change the fact that Phil is a true mover and shaker in the professional poker world. According to interviews accessible via www.philhellmouth.com, he is not only a poker champion but entrepreneur as well –owning a couple of online card rooms. Given his apparent success in a sport he loves, it is no wonder his blog explodes with remarkable optimism. Sentiments like “the PERFECT Birthday!” or “I’m on top of the world” are frequent in the archive.


The reflections embedded within the text are interesting in their own right. Phil talks about the curious ‘skittishness’ he feels at being dubbed a celebrity –having ‘lost his anonymity’. However, Phil’s blog has more than human interest. While it may be interesting for some to follow the career, personal life, and head-to-head matches of some players in celebrity level poker, Phil Hellmuth, Jr.’s blog gracefully balances a discussion of his personal and professional life with straightforward tips or poker reflections for aspiring poker players.


Many of Phil’s posts begin with a few paragraphs summarizing the high and low points of games and tournament events he just finished. These posts are a unique opportunity to ‘get inside the mind’ of Phil Hellmuth, Jr., and to see, in his own words, how and why he played the cards the way he did: “I wish I would have folded for the re-raise, and although I didn’t play the hand terribly, I just wish that I could have read him for a big pair; like I often do when they have it.”


Phil posts a number of ‘strategy and tips’ style articles with an editorial twist. Not too humble to use his self as an example, “…in New Orleans recently, I had some free time and stopped by Harrah’s poker room to hang out. I say ‘hang out’ because whatever it was I did there…I would not exactly want to call it poker….The following situation illustrates what can go wrong when you play every hand.” This free and entertaining ‘professional’ advice is augmented with other announcements, such as when Phil Hellmuth, Jr. will be sitting at an online table somewhere like Ultimate Bet, or if he will be hosting/attending a charity event. As one might expect from a poker player of Phil Hellmuth, Jr.’s status, his blog includes an aggregator of articles written about him in news and/or poker trade publications.


Is something else on your mind, or has Phil not addressed something you are curious about? All you need to do is ask! A really cool feature of Phil Hellmuth, Jr.’s blog is the “Ask Phil” function.


“Ask Phil” is an opportunity for anybody to solicit free advice from one of the world’s top poker players. Here is how Phil answered a question about transitioning from real life poker to playing poker online:


“Poker results are tied into your play, but obviously losing one key hand here or there can alter a few days worth of work. The key is to remain patient throughout all of your sessions, and by patient, I mean read my book and stick to the top ten hands for a few sessions and see how that comes out for you. When you add new hands to your mix, beyond the top ten, write them down and how you did with them. Online, patience is the key…”


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