Interview with Phil Hellmuth
Phil you said in a recent interview with us that it was time to rise up and use all your powers.
Are we witnessing these powers at their full potential?
I am almost at my full potential right now. If I can finish three times second then it is obvious that I could win three firsts in the modern era..
Talk us through that epic heads up with John Juanda
Juanda is a great player who is on his way to achieving legendary status. If I had it to do again, I would have put in some bigger raises and made a few more bluffs.
In the stud hi/lo event you went heads up with Eric Rodawig, who makes a living playing that variant. Is that what seperated the two of you in the end?
I have respect for the way that he played the game three handed, and especially heads up, but he was playing way too loose for hrs. If he hadn’t have scooped a pot that could’ve gone eaither wy versus Jon Racener then he would have been down to well under $1.5million, and I felt he was done if that had happened. He almost blew all his chips before he settled down and played great poker.
How hard have you been working on your other games?
I worked really hard on all of the other poker games last year before the 2010 WSOP.You have to realise that I have been a part time player from 2003 to 2010, and thus played the other games only a few times a year. SO I went online and played tons of small-stake events almost every night for a few months to try to sharpen up, and I discussed the games with Huck Seed and Ted Forest.