It's never a dull day when you play poker with the G. And it's only a matter of time before Phil Hellmuth loses his mind at the poker table due to all the idiots at his table. Even if there's not a camera crew hovering about, Hellmuth will berate anyone he deems worthy of a Hellmuthian rant. However, the best moments of Hellmuth tilt were captured by TV crews over the years. Luckily, PokerStars had access to those precise moments of Hellmuth losing it.
Phil Hellmuth and Tony G are no stranger to absurd moments at the poker tables. And if there's a camera nearby, the hijinks tend to get even crazier. They both know when it's the right time to ham it up for the cameras. Tony G is far more calculated when it comes to getting under his opponents' skin. Whereas Hellmuth can fly off the handle at any moment.
From a television producer's standpoint, brash players like Tony G and Phil Hellmuth make for great television. Hollywood never went broke exploiting the bad guy blowhard. And then there's the villain thing going on. For some reason, the villain in the black hat tends to get lots of people rooting for them at times than the hero in the white hat.
But when it's two guys in black hats like Tony G and Phill Hellmuth, then watch out!
Over the years, the G and Hellmuth jousted on and off the felt. PokerStars spliced together moments during The Big Game.
Hellmuth: "You're so bad, you don't even understand it!"
Tony G: "I'm happy to be so bad."
During the poker boom and the peak of Tony G's madness, he sent Hellmuth on tilt during a televised event and needled him so hard that Hellmuth is still recovering from that massive mega Tony G tilt (an acronym known as MMTGT, which everyone in poker experienced at some time or another during the poker boom).
Hellmuth woke up with and Tony G decided to chase him down with Ace-five off suit. The G flopped middle pair on a 6-5-4 board with two diamonds and holding the . They both checked the flop. The fell on the turn. Hellmuth checked, the G bet out with his pair of fives and nut-flush draw, and Hellmuth check-raised him. The G re-raised and Hellmuth tank-called with just pocket nines and no draw. The river was a black Queen. Both players checked and Helmuth won with pocket nines.
"I bluffed Phil... it didn't work," said the G.
"Tony can you please shut up? Show some class."
Another hand... Tony G raises with rags (good ole 5-4 off suit) and Hellmuth re-raised with rags.
"Bring the trike! Because you can't ride a bike."
Hellmuth muttered his internal dialogue.
"You're a disgrace to the game!" needled Tony G.
"You hate being told the truth, Tony," said Hellmuth. "I wish I wasn't a bad loser, but it's ten times as worse being a bad winner."
"You're a winner in life, you're brilliant," said the G. "You've done great. Just not at cash games."
The table (including Kid Poker, Phil Laak, and Doyle Brunson) erupted in laughter.
Hellmuth's Big Slick got outflopped by Tony G's . The G flopped a deuce and rivered a six on a board that had two Queens. Hellmuth's unimproved Big Slick lost to the G's two pair. The G got some more of Hellmuth's stack.
Hellmuth and Tony G battled again. The G held Big Slick against Hellmuth's favorite and, pocket nines. The G raised preflop to $25K, Hellmuth raised all-in, and the G called. Classic race for a $108K pot.
The flop was . The turn was the . The spiked on the river and Tony G won the pot with a pair of Aces.
"The Ace from space!"