Tuesday, December 27, 2005


Phil Hellmuth and the English Psychic

Once upon a time there was a little boy named Phil Hellmuth. He was about 17 years old, and he was the oldest of 5 kids. Phil was socially inept, had acne, and didn't have many friends.

One day Phil Hellmuth's mom brought home an English psychic named Rose Gladden. (Phil's mom and Rose had become friends at a conference about seeing auras or something like that.) Phil and his brothers and sisters pestered poor Rose Gladden to read their palms until she finally relented.

Rose Gladden turned blue when she read Phil's palm, and she told him, "One day you're going to be very famous. Or infamous!"

She read the other kids' palms too, but didn't mention fame to anyone but Phil.

And of course, Phil Hellmuth grew up to become one of the greatest poker players of all time.

I read the above story (in a quite different form) in an interview with Phil Hellmuth from the December issue of Bluff magazine. I thought that one tale alone was enough for a standalone post in my series of Phil Hellmuth posts. Good stuff.

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