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Runner-Up Finish Causing Sleepless Nights for Phil Hellmuth

Though he’s won more WSOP titles than any player on the planet, Phil Hellmuth’s recent second place finish in the NBC National Heads-Up Poker Championship (NHUPC) is causing the Poker Brat to toss and turn at night.

“Having trouble sleeping,” Hellmuth recently tweeted. “I should be content w a good 2 yrs in poker, BUT losing my last match, w a shot at the title, dominates my mind.”

Those two good years included winning WSOP bracelet nos. 12 and 13 last year, as well as becoming the first player to ever capture Main Event titles in both the WSOP and WSOPE. Hellmuth has amassed over $17.3 million in career earnings that includes $300,000 for coming in second to Mike Matusow in the 64-player invite-only NHUPC.

Matusow, on the other hand, is apparently sleeping like a baby following his victory. “Just woke up from my 14hr sleep only to realize it wasn’t all a dream thanks for all my supporters, its gonna be a great year,” Matusow tweeted.

The recently concluded NHUPC will be broadcast on NBC in March and run for six straight weeks. In the meantime, interviews and loads of poker videos involving Hellmuth, Matusow and all your favorite pro players can be viewed at



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Charles Rettmuller

Charles has been an avid poker player for a number of years, both live and online. He holds a degree in journalism and previously worked as a reporter for a Chicago-based newspaper. Charles joined the PokerUpdate team in early 2012 and writes daily news articles for the site.