Well, now it looks like Ms. Hilton has some competition in the shameless hustler department, and he goes by the name Phil Hellmuth.
And while thankfully the 9-time world champ and national heads-up winner hasn’t been showing his “stuff,” he has been seen everywhere lately as he ponders numerous ventures including a poker fantasy camp called Camp Hellmuth, a London-based reality show and a U.S.-based reality show, the “Phil Hellmuth” clothing line to be sold in Wal-Mart, a kid’s clothing line not surprisingly called “Poker Brat”, a stake in CardPlayer magazine, “Phil Hellmuth” sunglasses and cell phone games, his new poker blog, and finally, a movie about his life called “The Madison Kid” that may or may not star Kid Vader himself, Hayden Christiansen (who may or may not be dating Sienna Miller, who was once seen chumming
And when Phil’s not busy licensing the Hellmuth name (a name which still annoys us because he pronounces it HELL-MOOTH rather than, uh, HELL-MUTH), he is attending one celeb-infested event after another and jetsetting from coast to coast like Paris Hilton on a 7-day, transcon bender of Greek shipping heir cock-tails and when we say cock-tails, well, you know what we mean.
Most recently, Hellmuth was hobnobbing in sunny Miami where he emceed A-Rod’s Charity/Excuse for Hanging with Famous Friends in South Beach When It’s Cold Everywhere Else Poker Tournament. Hellmuth did a little write up on the event, which is worth the read as he gives a play-by-play on the horrible play of playahs and players from the world of hip hop, football, hoops and baseball.
Before Miami, Hellmuth was putting in some face time along the starstruck slopes of Sundance, while playing a poker tourney there hosted by the soon-to-come “W Las Vegas.” Of course the expected cast of cardplaying celebs where there including Carmen Elektra and Dave Navarro-Elektra, Shannon Elizabeth and her ex-hubby and now Annie Duke’s man-bitch Joe Reitman, the Masterson twins and 70’s Show cohort Laura Prepon, N’Syncer Lance Bass and himself, DJ AM sans his ex-fiance whose name is disappearing from the spotlight faster than she’s turning into a skeleton, and others. Pros in attendance besides Hellmuth included Annie Duke, Antonio Esfandiari, and a couple of the other Phils including Laak and Gordon.
And while people like Dave Navarro were happy enough to outlast pros like Phil Gordon in the tourney (and because he has a stripper’s pole in his living room and a wife named Carmen Elektra who’s willing to use it), the always competitive Hellmuth came with purpose and outlasted the field.
His prize: a condo in the new W Las Vegas when it opens in 2009.
And who will be among his penthouse neighbors then? You guess it. Paris Hilton.