Phil Hellmuth Talks NFL Win Totals and Hitting $10,000 Bet on Packers

Phil Hellmuth
Phil Hellmuth (photo credit: World Poker Tour)

Phil Hellmuth is known as one of the most famous poker players in the entire world. While the record-holding 15-time WSOP bracelet winner is known for his chops on the green felt of a poker table, he is also an avid sports fan and bettor. For Hellmuth, he cares more about the quality of his bets over the quantity.

“My biggest bets of the year are always on NFL Futures!” Hellmuth told SharpSide. “And I’ve won every year since I started betting them. Last year, I bet $5,000 on the Chiefs over 10.5 [wins]. They were 6-4 with an injured Mahomes. I thought I was going to lose for sure! But they won their last six games.”

Hellmuth said he has had winning years dating back to the days of Peyton Manning joining the Denver Broncos. His first big over/under bet was the year Manning joined the Broncos, 2012, when they cruised past their total on their way to the No. 1 seed in the AFC.

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Hellmuth was also happy to discuss the biggest bet he had ever made on a team that, once again, crushed their over/under in the NFL last season.

“My biggest bet was $10,000 on Packers over 9 [wins] at -125,” the poker great said. “I was thinking that the new coach would bring new energy, and better ‘obvious play calling’ down the stretch in key games.”

While the NFL is his favorite sport to bet on, Hellmuth also told us that he has a soft spot for betting on golf. For that, he has one simple rule: bet Brooks Koepka in major championships. Hellmuth has benefited greatly from that, as Koepka has four major titles on his résumé, but it was one that he missed out on last year that stuck out in Hellmuth’s mind.

“The Masters in 2019,” he said. “I bet Koepka to win there, but this time I was rooting hard against my money! I have emceed Tiger Woods’ Tiger Jam charity poker tournament for eight years in a row, and Tiger and I always have a lot of fun – having a drink, smoking a cigar, discussing our emotions in the heat of the ‘championship moment,’ and playing blackjack.”

Hellmuth went on to say that after Tiger’s historic win, it made them even closer, as they were now on the same level in their respective competitive worlds.

“I tease Tiger on the microphone that I have 15 world championships to his 14 majors!” he said with a laugh. “I’m number one in poker. Now Tiger has 15 and I have 15.”

Hellmuth has turned his passion for sports betting into a business venture, recently investing in PrizePicks. PrizePicks offers a twist on daily fantasy sports, a trend in fantasy sports that has become incredibly popular. With PrizePicks, users aim to pick if a player will go over or under a projected fantasy point total.

“I’m not a high-stakes bettor,” Hellmuth said. “I bet just enough to enjoy the result more. DraftKings chose me to host their big competition in January 2019 (the DraftKings Sports Betting National Championship), which was a cool honor for me. Now, in 2020, I have invested cash in PrizePicks and joined their advisory board. It allows 60 percent of U.S. population to make picks, 100 percent legally.”

Hellmuth has been bulking up on his business acumen recently, joining several advisory boards for high-level businesses.

“I put together the deal that is taking Rush Street Interactive (RSI) public in our DMYT-UN SPAC,” Hellmuth said. “RSI takes sports bets in a bunch of states and is going public through our SPAC at $1.8 billion. These stories highlight the fact that I’m crushing it in business.”

Hellmuth is usually happy to share some of his sports bets on his Twitter feed, so be sure to keep an eye out to see what Hellmuth’s over/under bets are for this NFL season.

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