Three decades ago, Phil Hellmuth created history as the youngest player to win the World Series of Poker (WSOP) Main Event.
The ‘Poker Brat‘ was just 24 years old when he topped a field of 178 entries at the 1989 WSOP Main Event, outlasting defending champion Johnny Chan for $755,000. With more than $22,850,000 in live tournament earnings, Hellmuth currently holds the record for most WSOP cashes and final tables.
The 2019 WSOP is special because the WSOP will celebrate its 50th anniversary. Billed as the biggest WSOP edition to date, it will once again take place at the Rio Convention Center in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Thousands of new poker players are expected to make their way to the 2019 WSOP and Phil Hellmuth has some words of advice for them.
Phil Hellmuth’s 3 Top Tips
Take Hold of Opportunities
As a tournament newbie, it is important that you play within your bankroll. Hellmuth said he’d seen a lot of players travel all the way to Vegas, only to play one or two events and immediately go home after losing. Taking part in a tournament as huge and prestigious as the WSOP is a unique opportunity. Hellmuth said you should give yourself plenty of chances and play as many events as possible.
Be A Grinder
If you’re really serious about achieving the same amount of success that Hellmuth had over the years, you have to learn to embrace the grind. Give yourself a lot of time to hone and gauge your skills. Hellmuth thinks one way to do this is to book a 10-day trip to Vegas and manage to take part in at least five $1,500 buy-in events. The WSOP is running a number of satellites to these events and you can grind in these satellites to win free seats. The key is to not give up too easily.
Stay Positive At All Times
Hellmuth is not only popular for his impressive poker achievements, but also because he started the positivity movement. The 15 time WSOP bracelet winner emphasizes that staying positive is a key to being successful in whatever you do, especially playing back to back events at the WSOP where you have the best players in the world battling it out. If you lose and get caught up in a negative mindset, it becomes all the more difficult for to win at the tables.
The 2019 WSOP starts on May 28 and finishes on July 16.