Phil Hellmuth Strikes Back

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2010. December 13. |
It was inevitable that Phil ‘Poker Brat’ Hellmuth responds to Dusty ‘Leatherass’ Schmidt’s recently released book that advises us not to listen to him. In fact, most believed it would not take so long; Gambling911.com now finally presents his “riposte.”
Poker pro and instructor Leatherass’s book “Don’t Listen to Phil Hellmuth: Correcting the 50 Worst Pieces of Poker Advice You’ve Ever Heard” was expected to cause some controversy with its title to begin with, but the Poker Brat had not taken notice of it for almost two weeks. Gambling911.com, however, made sure we get yet another classic quote from him: to their question posted on his Facebook page ("Phil, what is your reaction to Dusty Schmidt's new book claiming you don't know anything about poker?"), he replied: "If I do not know anything about poker, then Michael Jordan doesn't know anything about basketball!!"

Don't Listen to Phil Hellmuth

Most sites condemn Schmidt as somebody with no championship titles whatsoever insulting Hellmuth, who actually has the most WSOP bracelets in poker history. Although this argument does make a valid point, we would warn not to forget that Leatherass has never had a losing month so far, winning over $4 million in total, while the Brat has not been able to make it near a final table seat of a major event in many months now, except the $1,500 PLO Hi/Lo 8 WSOP side event (7th place).

As far as the author himself is concerned, he stated that “I started thinking about all of these things you hear people say on TV and got an idea to do a book based on correcting misconceptions. We start each chapter with a misconception and move on to things loosely related to that. As we were going though the misconceptions we had, we realized that Phil Hellmuth dominated the list.”

While waiting for further comments from either side, we shall remain to assume that, much like in the case of Hellmuth himself, nothing is better for business than a little controversy.
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