Every second Instagram reel is that of the IIFA 2022 hosted in Abu Dhabi and Bollywood stars flaunting their bespoke couture and sashaying down the red carpet in what we all call fashionably late. While that’s how Bollywood does it. But if anyone from the international poker fraternity had to dress in a way that makes heads turn, it’s Phil Hellmuth.
Hellmuth is all about costumes of famous characters and making grand entrances. In this article, we’ll look into some of the headline-grabbing outfits this 16-time WSOP bracelet winner has worn over the years at WSOP. Let us tell you, he never fails to impress the world with his sartorial choices.
He even did a poll on his social media handle asking his followers what he should be wearing. Hellmuth then took to Twitter to share his final choice. Hellmuth has a legacy of his own in the poker universe for donning outrageous outfits at the WSOP. Each year, he chooses a different theme and ensures that he arrives late (this attention-loving personality leaves no stone unturned mind you!).
Let’s take a look at some of his best Main Event entrances at the WSOP:
The Poker Hall of Famer made a grand entrance on Day 1 of the WSOP Main Event in 2021 dressed as Gandalf from Lord of the Rings. He was wearing a white robe, a long white beard, and was accompanied by an entourage of girls behind him. The theme was ‘white magic,’ and Hellmuth sent folks around him into a dizzy. If anyone knows how to make jaws drop, Hellmuth is the one.. He also had 16 women walk behind him, representing each of his WSOP bracelets (dazzling indeed).
— ODDSbible (@ODDSbible) November 10, 2021
Hellmuth made his entrance as the Marvel superhero in WSOP 2018. In an interview, he expressed he wanted to make an entry as Gandalf but would save it for a later time which he eventually fulfilled in 2021. He entered the Amazon room in 2018 as Thor where he had a dozen women dressed as Wonder Women escort him to his seat on the table. Dressed as Thor, Hellmuth mentioned that he was feeling 10% embarrassed while entering Rio. (wonder what Chris Hemsworth has to say)
— Warren Lush (@warrenlush) July 4, 2018
In 2009, Hellmuth entered Rio as Julius Caesar. He was surrounded by Amazon warriors when he made the grand entrance. Talking about the look for that year, Hellmuth said, “When you dress as Caesar, you actually feel more powerful. Kiss my ring! Hail Caesar!” Talking about the look, Norman Chad said on a TV broadcast, “If Tom Brady came to the Super Bowl this way, the NFL would shut down, but we embrace this.”
Although we’ve only listed a few, Hellmuth has previously dressed up as a mixed martial arts fighter, Roman Gladiator, and more. When he came dressed as a Roman Gladiator, Hellmuth had 100 girls dressed identically in roman styled outfits around him. He came with an agenda of dress to impress. WSOP Europe Main Event Day 1A was blessed to have Hellmuth arrive in a carriage for the game. The gang of girls had all lined up to welcome this poker dynamo into the building and threw rose petals at his feet for some royalty chills.
PokerNews did a fun poll with their readers to know which was his best entrance to date, and here’s what the results look like:
Hellmuth’s interest in such gaudy costumes also stems from his passion to play dress-up. The ‘Poker Brat’ has his own website called pokerbrat.com, where he sells exclusive merchandise. When it comes to keeping up with the costume expectations, this poker powerhouse added that his entrances had become a personal tradition in the series, which he looks to outdo each year. He further said, “It’s a fun spectacle, and I think it’s great for poker.”
Hellmuth’s costumes have been the talk of the town over the years and have always caught more eyeballs than any other news that came out of the WSOP regarding player outfits at the Main Event. Canadian poker player Daniel Negreanu also followed suit when he was dressed in a Vegas Golden Knights jersey which had the words “TUCH YEAH” as the nameplate. With Hellmuth as a benchmark, it would be interesting to see if any other player makes a bigger splash with his costume designs at the WSOP events.
Manthra Koliyer is a writer at Gutshot Magazine. She has an affinity for seeing the world through people’s eyes. With a bubbly fun personality, you can always catch her chatting with anyone she comes across. Holding an English Literature degree from Wilson College, Mumbai, and a Post Graduate Diploma in Journalism from Asian College of Journalism, this pop culture fanatic is ready to take on the world with a pen, paper, and microphone. She also actively works on her personal blog called namasteyconvict.blogspot.com, where for a moment she lets you into her drama-filled world.
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