Phil Hellmuth Suffers from Severe Whiplash, Ego Miraculously Unscathed in Car Crash

HellmuthracecarWe once thought the only way poker players could get whiplash was when Lacey Jones (who took the photo of Phil’s car you see) walked into the room. We guess we were wrong.

In a press release sent out this morning, UltimateBet, which we hear is a Website people play online poker on, said that 11-time WSOP bracelet winner Phil Hellmuth was indeed hurt yesterday when his race car crashed in the Rio parking lot, with his agent Brian Balsbaugh of Poker Royalty claiming that Hellmuth suffered from severe whiplash in the accident.

While we haven’t spoken with Hellmuth directly since the incident, we did have a chance to chat with his ego, which said that it was far from injured in the wreck and perhaps even bolstered by the increase focused on it’s 11 WSOP bracelets, 63 career WSOP cashes and 39 WSOP final tables.

Hellmuth is slated to start his day 1 of the 2007 World Series of Poker today at noon but according to the release it’s unknown on whether he will play at this time.

In related news, Paris Hilton is busy hosing her hoo ha in Hawaii building a transitional home for women recently released from jail.

Read the UltimateBet press release after the jump . . .

Phil Hellmuth Hurt In Racecar Crash; WSOP Performance In Jeopardy

The poker world is holding its breath today after a freak accident on the Las Vegas strip in which poker legend Phil Hellmuth lost control of his high-speed racecar.

Hellmuth had spent the day testing the 200 mph racecar in the Nevada desert. Upon approaching his hotel, the 11-time WSOP bracelet winner lost control of the vehicle and crashed head-on into a pole.

While the racecar was totaled, witnesses report that Hellmuth was conscious as he left the vehicle unscathed but visibly shaken. According to one onlooker, Hellmuth quipped, “Well, you can’t win every race.”

With the Main Event of the World Series just hours away, it’s still unknown whether the pro will recover in time to vie for the Main Event title and a 12th WSOP bracelet.

“I’d be amazed if he was able to play poker today after such a high-speed collision,” stated eyewitness Brian Balsbaugh of Poker Royalty. “He had severe whiplash.”

Hellmuth’s Main Event start time was scheduled for 12pm on Monday, July 9th. While friends are no doubt praying for a quick recovery, foes are likely relishing in his misfortune. After all, Hellmuth’s absence from the floor at the Rio Hotel & Casino definitely makes the playing field a lot less fierce.


4 Responses

  1. Kajagugu

    July 9, 2007 2:46 pm, Reply

    Damn, you guys are really soft playing this one, don’t you think? The real WCP I know would have been all over this like flies on dung, but I guess with the RawVegas stuff you have to make nice nice with Da Brat?
    This press release is pathetic. “The poker world is holding its breath”? Are you kidding, who cares? “lost control of his high-speed racecar”? while making slow turns in the parking lot of the Rio? “testing the 200 mph racecar in the Nevada desert”? Once again, he was driving miss daisy in the parking lot!
    The only reason Phil could get severe whiplash from this “accident” is because he might have had his head too far up his own ass.
    We expect more from you guys.

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