Poker Legend Phil Hellmuth Burns Shoes Outside WSOP To End Losing Streak

Phil Hellmuth

Even the most successful poker player in WSOP history needs some special help from time to time.

Just a few days into the 2017 summer poker festival, 14-time bracelet victor Phil Hellmuth went outside of the Rio casino, into the parking lot in order to placate the poker gods. He offered them a sacrifice—a pair of brand new gold-colored sneakers.

“I’m not superstitious, but just in case…I’ve lost every day since I’ve come to Vegas,” Hellmuth stated to onlookers that featured Tony G and Daniel Negreanu. “They’re brand new shoes. I called my dad, he said ‘burn them.’ I called my mom, ‘burn them.’ My spiritual guru said ‘burn them.’”

“I’m trying to get rid of the spirits.”

Hellmuth has just cashed in four tournaments so far in 2017, but that does also feature a win in a $1,100 event at the L.A. Poker Classic back in February for $25,000. Recently, Hellmuth bubbled the final table of the $111,111 One Drop High Roller Event on last week.

Negreanu, known to play poker online too, captured the shoe-burning sacrifice on his popular YouTube vlog.