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Friday, June 11, 2004

If you haven't read new issue of "Stuff" please do so, and look for the interview with Phil Hellmuth. I read "Stuff" for the fashion tips and music reviews, just as I read Playboy for the articles, and watch porn for the incredibly written dialogue and plot twists, but I was surprised to see this interview. I was suprised because it shows that Phil has only a couple of obligatory responses regardless of the questions asked. I can't remember the exact question, but his response was "I've only laid down pocket kings 3 times in my entire life, and each time I was shown pocket aces." Good. Great. Grand, but what does that prove, Phil? I'm pretty damn sure that I've heard him use those exact same words in more than one interview before. Rehashed, reused, regurgitated, crap. Of course, we don't hear about the other 100 times he's played his kings right into aces and gotten hammered. Nope, no mention. And if we had, he would've followed it up with "...but I'm playing really good poker right now, and that's what counts."

I was watching the ESPN live coverage of the WSOP...what's that? Oh, you mean they replayed the WSOP from last year again? I never knew! Ahem. Anyhow, with all the coverage ESPN rammed down my maw, I watched last year's WSOP again, and I couldn't help but feel bad for him. For one, he looked to be playing decent, only to get run over by back-to-back(at least, that's the way it looked with ESPN's editing) monsters. Two, he went to the rail got a hug from his mommy, and said "I really thought this was my year. I really did." Awwwwww. I would've felt worse if not for that crap promo piece where he's doing yoga and dripping toothpaste spit down his chin. Can you picture anyone else, besides Phil, that would want to be filmed like that? Good lord!

I don't hate him, and wish I could play half as good as he seemingly does, but am I the only one that thinks he could be so much better if he'd just get his ego in check? Not that it'll happen soon, though.


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