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Poker Brat

Phil Hellmuth's Autobiography
Narrated by: Phil Hellmuth
Length: 14 hrs and 38 mins
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Summary

If you know Phil Hellmuth then you either love him or hate him!

His rants, tirades, and lines like "I can dodge bullets, baby" and "If it weren't for luck, I'd win them all" are epic and have earned him the nickname "Poker Brat." However, whether you love him or hate him, he is undoubtedly the greatest poker player of our time. Phil is a global poker icon who holds every record at the World Series of Poker, including an extraordinary 14 world championships.

In Poker Brat Phil paints a picture of his early Midwestern life, in which he struggled mightily in grade school and high school, but always had aspirations to do something great. Phil takes you from the low lows of his life to the high highs, and shows you how he developed an unhealthy ego along the way, which eventually turned into his "Poker Brat" persona.

In Poker Brat, Phil shares his own powerful tips and techniques, the ones that he used to set his goals, and then he shows how he achieved those goals as he climbed to the summit of the poker world.

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Best Poker Autobiography Ever

I rarely write reviews but felt compelled to write as a poker enthusiast. This is by far the best poker autobiography I have ever read.

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Enjoyable, easy listen.

As a beginner in poker, I found this to be a good book. It’s easy to listen to here and there. I like that Phil reads the book and he really gives it his best. It’s good to hear him telling his own stories and I found myself getting lost in them along with him. I know a lot of people find him obnoxious and overbearing but the moments where that comes through pale in comparison to the moments that he is genuinely revealing about his own life and his mistakes and flaws.

There isn’t a great deal of learning to be had, but it’s still useful to to hear him play out many of the hands he has been involved in, and he does go through a lot of them to be fair - so that’s good.

Overall you I finished the book knowing more about Phil as both a player and person, and the poker world in general and how it works/used to work. I also found myself wanting to play more and better poker.

Definitely worth a listen. I wonder how it would compare as a written book.

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Very good book. inside story.

Very good book. inside story.
well I liked the player, I think you can discount many of the brat acts on T.V. Overdone for T.V. DOH. who knew.

being a poker player myself, (not played in 8 years) I was very surprised by the big swings he took, I was a decent player online.
But in Phils book, I recognised my number 1 failing. Not poker skills. those were good. MONEY MANAGEMENT. you.
You and me Phil, same issue lol... I realise now money management is critical, better to be an average player with excellent
money management skills... i seemed to have learned that lesson outside poker, also i seemed also to have taken the positive mental attitude with me. i don't need play poker for money I made mine. that attitude i built playing poker, backing myself, taking shots, and focusing on what i want. not what i don't want WORK.
Its a book about poker, but its really a book about "A journey" a man with issues, becomes a MAN. A hard thing to do in this day and age... great book Phil, keep them coming...

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could not stop listening

every spare min i had i had to keep listening. you may not learn loads about poker but you learn lots more

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Superb from start to finish

I thought the story of phil was interesting and he gets me right in the mood for poker. Phil is great at reading his own book also.

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entertaining..

Enjoyed this book very much whilst on a business trip. Would like to read some of his strategy stuff now.

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  • Pete
  • 25-12-17

"Perfectly Ethical".....what a joke!

I've watched poker on TV for several years and just this past year started actually playing it. I purchased this book because I wanted to read about the live games and poker tournament strategies different stories and although they are in this book most of the book has to do with Phil Hellmuth and him being God's gift to the world. i i i me me me all throughout the book. I was very disappointed that the author also read the book on audio it is the worst audio performance out of all of the over 100 books that I have listened to. He should stick to Poker. although it cannot be questioned that Phil Hellmuth is one of the world's best poker players he is also one of the most arrogant narcissistic insecure individuals that I have read about. Towards the end of the book he actually blames his wife because he was on the road and was tempted by another woman.... total display of his narcissism and self-centeredness. I think it's at the end of the book where feel again for the second or third time refers to himself as being "perfectly ethical. I can't help but think of all of the poor sportsmanship and verbal abuse he has committed on other gentleman players while watching different TV tournaments. perfectly ethical........ what a joke. I've lived almost 50 years on this Earth and I have never met one perfectly ethical person in my life including myself there is only one who walked this Earth who is perfectly ethical and that's Jesus Christ. my theory is that in spite of all of the money and all of the accomplishments Phil Hellmuth has done in poker he is still insecure about himself and he wants to make sure the world knows all of the good stuff that he does and has done. I think about a person like Jack Nicklaus the world's best golfer and you see one interview after another and he rarely we'll talk about his accomplishments and less he's asked now that guy is a Class Act

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 11-04-19

Phil tells his story his way

A lot of name.dropping and self love but he tells a 10 thousand foot view of his life and playing poker pretty well. if you are a fan read it otherwise pass.

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  • Mark stidham
  • 30-10-18

The poker brat.. how many names can I drop today?

Phil narrates his own story and does quite well. He tells stores of tournaments he's won and lost going back some 30 years, but I'm not sure how he recalls exact hands and specific action.

Overall this book is quite engaging. If you can get past the name-dropping (he loves to remind us how famous he is), it's very well done.

Recommended!

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 05-09-18

Wasnt a Phil Fan

This book is a great read . Phils life is very different from what I imagined. I really have alot of respect and love for him after reading his story.

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  • MG
  • 15-06-18

inspiring! thanks for telling your life story Phil

I am a huge fan of Poker and a poker player myself. not particularly a Phil Hellmuth fan to begin with but after reading this story and my fan for sure. for me this humanizes the Superstar Phil Hellmuth.

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  • F. J. Deyeso
  • 14-12-17

interesting... BUT

I like poker, and have respect for Phil. His life story, especially the early years are interesting. I wish there was more depth into what was going on mentally during his tournament runs, and how he preps, and how a big time poker player financially handles the swings. Still worth the read/listen. Warning, towards the end, alot of names and products and whatnot, that aside, still entertaining.

Would have loved his wife's counterpoint to some of the events. Would have been a great touch.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 18-07-19

Autobiography or just a sales pitch?

A good amount of his book was spent on bragging about his successful business ventures, and I could get behind that being an autobiography. Where I couldn't take it anymore is when he started bragging about all his famous friends... droning on for hours at a time talking about hanging out with Michael Jordan, Charles Barkley, etc. How we played a low limit poker game with the most successful people in the world and bragging relentlessly about their successful business ventures. If I wanted to know about the COO of Uber, Angel Investors, or the Co-Founder of Twitter I would go buy a book about them. I particularly cringed at the product description of the tequila he endorses and his headphones "perfect chrome inlay's, just screaming of elegance."

25% of his book was selling his current investments and telling you how rich his friends are. Glad that book is finished... tough listen.

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