The Charitable Phil Hellmuth And His Good CausesNovember 27, 2010 10:37 am
There is no doubting that Phil Hellmuth is a prodigious poker talent and has done much over the years to draw extra publicity to the game he loves so much.
The 11 times WSOP winner’s record certainly stands for itself and Hellmuth was even inducted into the Poker Hall of Fame in 2007 aged just 42 years old. Anyone still in doubt as to the 46 year old Hellmuth’s credentials would only have to ask him who he considers to be the best poker player in the world and he would immediately reply that it was him and that “If it weren’t for luck I’d win’em all.”
However, it is Phil’s boastful and tempermental nature when things aren’t going his way that has earned him the title of “poker brat” and has made him the player poker fans either love or love to watch lose.
Nevertheless, much of Phil Hellmuth’s antics are good natured in dimension and one area he has consistently continued to shown his warm generosity is in his charitable deeds.
Over the years, Hellmuth has helped support and raise money for a whole host of charitable good causes, which include TASER (honors fallen police officers), Habitat for humanity, the Heifer international and Doctors without Borders.
Using his success at poker to help the plight of the needy is obviously something which is close to the heart of Hellmuth and as he explains:
“Giving to charity makes me feel great about winning big and setting records. Giving to charity gives me clarity! Bottom line: giving to charity increases my own sense of entitlement.”
On Saturday, December 18th, Phil Hellmuth will be continuing his charitable works, this time at a full-day event in his hometown of Madison, Wisconsin where he will be helping to raise money for HospiceCare Inc.
HospiceCare Inc currently cares for over 630 patients a day in Wisconsin and the poker event will be aiming to raise at least $500,000 for the charity.
A range of tickets are now available at $100 to $500 with entertainments on offer including a charity poker tournament, raffle and a chance to mingle with a whole host of celebrities expected to turn out for the event.
One other player already looking forward to attending the event is UB pro, Mark “Poker Ho” Kroon, who commented:
“UB’s very own Phil Hellmuth is hosting the event, along with other celebrities local to Madison, and some not . . . It’s amazing how many people’s lives have been touched by Hospice Care and it is really great knowing I will be able to help. If anyone wants to be a part of this as either a player of volunteer, feel free to find me at the tables and let me know. There are plenty of opportunities to help or play.”
Despite his reputation in poker as being a bad loser, in the realms of charity work Hellmuth continues to set a good example for other players to follow.