The Ask Me Anything segments are currently open for all Reddit registered users, and will coincide with Selbst’s Blinds & Justice charity poker tournament later this month to benefit the Urban Justice Center.
Phil Hellmuth Reddit AMA
“The Poker Brat” will post answers to questions from Reddit users beginning Thursday at 11:00pm Eastern Time. The thread will be open until Sunday, September 20.
There are already nearly 100 comments for the 14-time WSOP bracelet winner, including one by FiiSZ who wants to know whether part of Hellmuth’s TV personality is for show. Another query submitted by Miller-STGT asks if the $19.3 million live poker tournament winner ever played against the late Stu Ungar.
Phil Hellmuth arrived on the worldwide poker scene way back in 1989, when he halted Johnny Chan‘s chances of a WSOP Main Event “three-peat” by defeating the Orient Express with Pocket Nines to win the championship bracelet and $755,000.
Since that moment, he has gone on to become one of the most successful — and polarizing — figures in the game of poker.
Although some of Hellmuth’s antics at the live tables have been controversial, he is one of the most widely recognized poker talents in mainstream media circles. From a 2008 exclusive sponsorship promotion with Milwaukee’s Best Light (in which his image was plastered on millions of beer cans) to a hamburger ad for Carl’s Jr, the Palo Alto, CA resident has been willing to back up self promotion to face-time deals.
He was also one of the first poker players to do the Ice Bucket Challenge for ALS Research last year. The event was uploaded to YouTube and sparked a blitz of awareness among the poker community.
Vanessa Selbst Reddit AMA
Team PokerStars Pro Vanessa Selbst has $11.6 million in live poker tournament cashes and will do her second ever Ask Me Anything Reddit session Thursday starting at 2:00pm Eastern Time.
Doing another Reddit AMA tomorrow at 2PM EST. The last one, a few years ago, was really fun. Let's do it again! pic.twitter.com/xR0Tw98VJr— Vanessa Selbst (@VanessaSelbst) September 16, 2015
This will be Selbst’s second AMA on Reddit. The first was held in February 2013 and can be viewed at the following link: Vanessa Selbst 2013 Reddit AMA
The 31-year old Selbst got into poker over a decade ago, and garnered mainstream attention in 2010 when she was victorious in the Partouche Poker Tour Main Event for $1.8 million.
Along with Hellmuth, she has been extremely active in charities and will co-host the September 29 Blinds & Justice event with fellow Team PokerStars Pro and all-time poker tournament money leader Daniel Negreanu.