The youngest professional poker player to ever win the World Series of Poker Main Event is the one and only Phil Hellmuth at the age of 24. Among uncountable wins in poker games, he has already accumulated 10 WSOP bracelets. Due to his tender age he was nicknamed - "The Poker Brat" .
Coming from Madison, Wisconsin Hellmuth dropped out of college in his third year to begin his endeavors on the poker world. This was very difficult on his father who has earned a Ph.D, a J.D., and a M.B.A., and expected his eldest of five to follow in his footsteps. In 1989 the World Series of Poker changed Hellmuth's life forever. Not only did he and his father make-up, but his father was present at Hellmuth's triumph in the Main Event.
In 1992 he went on to win his second WSOP bracelet from the $5,000 Limit Hold'em event. The following year he earned his third, fourth, and fifth bracelets in the $1,500 Limit Hold'em, $2,500 No Limit Hold'em, and $5,000 No Limit Hold'em events. Later in 1997 the $3,000 Pot Limit Hold'em event was an additional sixth bracelet and the $2,000 No Limit Hold'em event in 2001 adding a seventh WSOP bracelet to Hellmuth's collection.
2003 brought him two more WSOP bracelets (eight, and ninth) again in the $2,500 Limit Hold'em and the $3,000 No Limit Hold'em events. Hellmuth's latest bracelet (tenth) came in 2006's $1,000 No Limit Hold'em with Re-Buys placing Phil Hellmuth at the top with legendary Johnny Chan and Doyle Brunson who also achieved ten WSOP bracelets.
Hellmuth has accumulated around $5,000,000 just from the World Series of Poker Tournaments with 10 wins and over 57 in the money finishes. By the way, he also has six final table appearances in the World Poker Tour. It's no surprise that in 1996 the "Best All-Around Tournament Poker Player in the World" was voted to Hellmuth by his fellow poker-buddies and Oakley eyewear and EA Sports call him a "poker icon."
Phil Hellmuth praises his family and fully appreciates every moment spent with his wife and two boys. He says that "any celebrity that keeps their family #1" is number one on his list. Even online he promotes his feelings on his own person life by playing online with #1_Lucky_One.
To date, Phil Hellmuth has a whopping $8.6 million in live tournament earnings.