Online Poker Legalized By February 1st Hints Phil HellmuthDecember 15, 2011 12:26 pm
WSOP supremo Phil Hellmuth has been airing his views on a whole load of poker related matters recently, and last week hinted that online poker legalization in the US may be just around the corner.
Talking on “Short Stacked Radio” with show’s host Mark Hoke, the 47 year-old pro who resides in Palo Alto, California, said:
“I wouldn’t be surprised if online poker were passed in the next five days. I wouldn’t be surprised if it passed before Feb. 1st. I think there’s going to be the biggest explosion in poker history the minute [online poker] is legalized.”
Previously a sponsored pro for UB Poker, Phil Hellmuth left the site in late 2010, shortly before Black Friday occurred in the USA on April 15, 2011. Almost a year later, and an optimistic Phil Hellmuth said he was already gearing up for the reintroduction of online poker to the States.
Hellmuth is one of the most successful and colourful poker players in the game, equally known for his charitable deeds as his blow-ups at the poker tables. He is also currently at number four on poker’s ‘All Time Money List’ with $13,098,447 in winnings and would very likely be a prime candidate to help promote any new poker site looking to position itself in a newly established market. Commenting on what the future may hold, Hellmuth said:
“I happen to be in a pretty lucky position where we have had more than one discussion recently, you know, there’s some very big companies and some very big people that are starting to get ready for the legalization of online poker. You may find me signing something in the next two weeks. You may find me signing with a company that no one’s ever heard of. Don’t be surprised if that happens.”