Over the years, Phil Hellmuth has been accused of making a spectacle throughout his sometimes late World Series of Poker primary occasion entrances. This yr, the poker brat leaned absolutely into the circus, taking up the persona of ‘The Greatest Showman’ whereas bringing a style of the large high to the Las Vegas Strip.
Hellmuth, who’s lower than every week faraway from his record-extending seventeenth bracelet win, arrived on the primary occasion on day 1D dressed as P.T. Barnum. He was accompanied by 17 fashions, in addition to Dan ‘Jungleman’ Cates in a full lion costume being dragged in a cage whereas Katy Perry’s Roar performed over the loud audio system.
— phil_hellmuth (@phil_hellmuth) July 7, 2023
The dramatic entrance had blended opinions from the poker neighborhood. While some acknowledge that Hellmuth’s antics undoubtedly have helped with the expansion of the sport, others really feel it goes too far when it interrupts play.
Hellmuth has been coming into the principle occasion in costume for greater than a decade. Some of his previous characters have included Julius Caesar, a conflict normal, a boxer, a large child, Gandalf from Lord of the Rings, Thor from The Avengers, Darth Vader from Star Wars, and a NASCAR driver that truly obtained into an one-car accident within the Rio car parking zone.
Cates can also be no stranger to carrying a dressing up on the desk. Just two weeks in the past he entered the $50,000 Poker Players Championship, a event he received twice in a row, dressed because the Terminator.
The primary occasion has already drawn a file discipline of 9,300 and counting, with registration nonetheless open on day 2.
While Cates was eradicated late, Hellmuth had a productive day on the tables, shedding his costume and ending with 108,500. The PokerGO broadcast did catch one in all his patented rants, nonetheless.
— PokerGO (@PokerGO) July 7, 2023
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The Poker World Reacts
NOT my finest look, no shirt on!! https://t.co/ITICOuEgRZ
— phil_hellmuth (@phil_hellmuth) July 6, 2023
What filters do I set on Twitter to make sure that I by no means see Phil Hellmuth’s nipples once more?
— Thomas Keeling (@SrslySirius) July 7, 2023
If @phil_hellmuth desires to embarrass himself w his ridic entrances, I say let him. He’s earned it w his wsop data and being one of many faces in rising the sport all these years. What he hasn’t earned is the fitting to disrupt play in doing so. Do it on break/earlier than play begins.
— Daniel Buzgon (@DBuzgon) July 7, 2023
I’m really fairly comfortable Hellmuth welcomed us to the WSOP on day 48, 4 ranges into the final day of the principle.
— Jon W. Pardy (@Jon_Pardy) July 7, 2023
phil_hellmuth</a> nobody is ever making quarter in poker and most are prolly homeless! Him and Mike Sexton had the vision to make it what it is today, so clap your hands and sat ty <a href="https://twitter.com/phil_hellmuth?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">phil_hellmuth for every little thing I’ve! https://t.co/kqPF8opnQX
— Mike Matusow (@themouthmatusow) July 7, 2023
Probably essentially the most absurd entrance to the principle occasion ever, that was so obnoxious. Tasteless. No1 cared one bit whenever you interrupt a whole room like that in the course of a stage. With all due respect @WSOP y’all can do higher.
— Nathanael Kogel (@KogelNathanael) July 6, 2023
— Chris Hunichen – OTCtrade.com (@BigHuni) July 7, 2023
Thanks @WSOP for as soon as once more giving Hellmuth an obnoxious and pointless “grand entrance” throughout the center of the extent the place you blast music on high of this silly announcement. Fuckin develop up
— The Saurus (@TheSaurus831) July 6, 2023
Hellmuths entrances are enjoyable for the sport & the man is placing himself on the market to have a goof. I’m really saddened by miz reg destructive tweets about it! You strive successful 17 bracelets and nonetheless be cool sufficient to point out up in costume for a bit. @phil_hellmuth
— Ryan Depaulo: Degenerate Gambler (@depaulo_ryan) July 7, 2023
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