Hellmuth Wins $200,000 King of the Hill, Joins WPT Team
He started the month by joining the World Poker Tour and replacing Tony Dunst as the new host of The Raw Deal.
Then he went to Rivers Casino in Schenectady, NY last week and took down the Poker Night in America “King of the Hill” heads-up challenge for $200,000.
Hellmuth Beats Polk, Junglman to Win KOTH Challenge
Last week, Poker Night in America held a special four-player “winner takes all” heads-up challenge.
Phil Hellmuth, Doug Polk, Dan “Jungleman” Cates and Frank Kassela put up $50,000 each for a shot at $200,000 in prize money.
Round 1 saw Hellmuth face Polk and Kassela face Jungleman. Many assumed that we’d see a Jungleman-Polk final, but Hellmuth had other plans.
The turning point of a back-and-forth match-up was a hand where Hellmuth rivered a straight against a flopped two pair from Polk. Polk paid off a huge river bet and later lost the rest of his stack when his queen-high couldn’t beat Hellmuth’s king-high.
Cates easily dispatched Kassela to set up the final best-of-3 match-up with Hellmuth. The match went the full three rounds and it appeared that Jungleman was going to walk away the winner.
Hellmuth had a mere 5k in chips against 195k for Jungleman prior to making an incredible comeback. The turning point of the match came in a pot where Hellmuth successfully pushed Jungleman off of trip 10s at the river.
The river brought a third diamond that could have completed a flush, but Jungleman folded before thinking. When he realized that Hellmuth had shoved with just queen-high, Jungleman was steaming and the momentum was fully in Hellmuth’s corner.
Ultimately, Hellmuth took down the third match and the $200,000 top prize.
Hellmuth Joins WPT as New Host of Raw Deal
Even after over 2 decades Hellmuth is one of the most controversial figures in the poker. He'll now bring his controversial and outspoken nature to the World Poker Tour as the new host of The Raw Deal segment during WPT broadcasts.
Back in May, Mike Sexton left the World Poker Tour to become partypoker’s Chairman. Tony Dunst was promoted from his spot as Raw Deal analyst to lead WPT commentator.
Hellmuth is famous for his record 14 career WSOP bracelets. He also has over $1 million in WPT earnings despite never having won a WPT title.
Speaking about his new role, Hellmuth revealed, “Becoming a part of the World Poker Tour family has been a career dream of mine."
WPT CEO Adam Pliska spoke about Hellmuth’s new role via press release, stating, "It takes a unique ability to be the WPT Raw Deal analyst, and the World Poker Tour is confident that it has found the perfect successor to Tony Dunst in Phil Hellmuth.
Phil's insightful poker analysis comes with the right amount of edginess, and his poker résumé speaks for itself, exemplifying all the WPT looks for in its Raw Deal analyst."
The addition of Hellmuth is a solid move by the WPT. Not only is he a polarizing figure but also one of the most recognized names in poker.