“That’s on me,” Phil Hellmuth admitted in defeat as we will not see more of the ‘Poker Brat’ in the 2019 World Series of Poker Main Event as he was eliminated midway through Day 2c on PokerGO.
Hellmuth entered the event this morning after a trip of a lifetime to Machu Pichu and the Galapagos Islands but fatigue and a bit of rust might’ve been a small factor in his early departure.
Speaking to Hellmuth on Day 2c, he was both glowing over the trip he had just taken with the likes of Golden State Warriors and Los Angeles Dodgers co-owner Peter Guber, Hollywood star Rob Lowe, Los Angeles Dodgers CEO Lon Rosen, super agent Todd Feldman of CAA, and Jason Sugarman, as well as frustrated over his own play.
“I got sea legs,” Hellmuth joked, having spent a week on a yacht off the coast of the Galapagos Islands prior to jumping into the Main Event.
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“The trip I took was amazing. We flew there on a beautiful private jet, stayed on a wonderful yacht, but the play I just made was very reckless,” Hellmuth bounced back and forth between the zen-like state of his getaway and his Main Event play.
The trip Hellmuth took included an eight-hour hiking trip up to Machu Pichu, swimming with turtles and penguins, and deep and meaningful conversations with some of the brightest business minds.
Throughout his storied career at the World Series of Poker, Phil Hellmuth has only missed five total days since 1989 by choice. Once for a charity event and once because he felt as though he needed a break but in all other scenarios, he’s been battling for bracelets.
“I’m feeling a little sick right now, bluffing away those chips. But I never give up. I’ve done it many times, coming back from just 10 or 20 big blinds to become chip leader” Hellmuth said prior to returning to the tables, but it wasn’t meant to be today.
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Reflecting back even further on his play and the big failed bluff, Hellmuth said the following.
“As much as it was a great play, it was a bad play. It was a bad play because I put my chips at risk and the one thing I know about getting deep is that it’s all about patience. I didn’t follow my code.”
Whether we’ll see Hellmuth back in action during the World Series of Poker in 2019, as there are still some side events left to be played, remains to be seen. Until then, watch the WSOP on ESPN and PokerGO.