How would you fancy swapping your wife for a newer model for a two-week period?
That’s the opportunity that has just passed the desk at Phil Hellmuth Jr. H.Q. and the 13-time World Series of Poker (WSOP) bracelet winner was well up for it.
For the second time in the past four years, the American television network ABC have reached out to representatives of Hellmuth with the possibility of him appearing on a reality TV show.
In 2010, rumors were abound that The Poker Brat had been invited to be a contestant on Dancing with the Stars, and four years on, it seems he has received a second opportunity – this time as a star of the reality TV show Wife Swap.
There’s only one problem. His wife is not up for it.
Have an offer to be on ABC television show ‘Wife Swap,’ but wife won’t do it! Though I’m sure she would look amazing,” Hellmuth posted on his twitter feed.
It would have been Hellmuth’s second TV role of the year after he was hired to shoot a 15-second commercial for the Carls Jr. Texan BBQ Thickburger. It would have also been pure comedy gold to see how Hellmuth’s notoriously paper-thin patience would have managed in the face of some feisty female aggression.
The 50-year old has been married to his wife Katherine Sanborn for 25-years, and absolutely cherishes the ground that she walks on. Behind every great man is an even greater woman, and if you are fortunate to interview Mr. WSOP then you will hear it from the horse’s mouth. He owes everything to the Stanford University psychiatrist.
Wife Swap made its debut back in 2004 and has had a more celebrity focus since 2012. The late Joan Rivers is one of the celebrities to make an appearance on the show. The rules involve the wives adjusting to the new husbands’ roles in the first week, and then inject their own rules in the second week.
Hellmuth’s potential appearance on ABC comes after a long line of other professional poker players have hit the small screen lately. PokerStars Team Pro Liv Boeree had a starring role in the Discovery Channels: The Mind Control Freaks, Eugene Katchalov was chosen to participate in the Ukraine’s version of The Mole, and old school buddies Phil Laak and Antonio Esfandiari appeared in a pilot episode of their show: Underground Poker.
Hellmuth is currently in Melbourne, Australia, where he told one poker media outlet that he “would’ve loved to do it,” as it would have given the world the opportunity to see the “real Phil.”
He didn’t win a bracelet Down Under, but he set two new records with his 51st WSOP final table appearance and his 108th WSOP cash. He also seems to be breaking all sorts of partying records, mixing with the likes of Esfandiari, Daniel Negreanu, and the cricket legend Shane Warne.
I wonder if his wives would approve?