Backing the Brat: Hellmuth Win Perfectly Timed for Texas Poker Fan –

September 04, 2018


Patty Tillman wasn’t expecting a lot two weeks ago when she decided to stake Phil Hellmuth for his appearance on PokerGO’s “Poker After Dark.” A longtime poker player and fan of the game from New Braunfels, Texas, she planned to check out the action and thought it would be fun to have a small piece of the Poker Brat’s action as he battled it out on the show.

The 55-year-old grandmother, with five adult children and six grandchildren, went to her YouStake account about a week before the event, and put down $100 on Hellmuth. For those who may not have seen, he had a massive two-day run on the show – highlighted by a $233,600 pot that went viral.

Perfect Timing

Hellmuth’s recent appearance turned out well, not only for himself, but also for those who backed him. For Patty, the timing couldn’t have been better. Her husband Greg works as a drilling consultant in the oil fields during upswings in the oil markets.

“I’ve posted five campaigns, and made a bunch of money for the customers on three of them.” -Hellmuth

“When he’s working, he makes really good money, so we travel and play poker a lot,” she says. “He works two weeks on, then two weeks off.”

A week before “Poker After Dark,” Greg was driving home from working in New Mexico. He received a phone call informing him that he’d been laid off due to his company releasing the rig where he’d been working – called “laying it down” in the industry.

“He’d been out of work for a little over a week when the game happened and Phil blew everyone out of the water with how much profit he made,” she says.

For her investment

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