Hellmuth attended the University of Wisconsin for three years before dropping out to play poker full time. He is sometimes called the "poker brat" because of his perceived bad attitude and big ego. Despite what critics think of his attitude, his accomplishments are numerous.
In addition to his poker playing, he is also the author of many articles for Card Player Magazine and poker books, including Play Poker like the Pros, Bad Beats and Lucky Draws, and The Greatest Poker Hands ever Played. He has made several instructional poker videos, including Phil Hellmuth's Million Dollar Poker Secrets. He's also a spokesperson for (and player at) Ultimate Bet, an online poker room.