Hellmuth Twitter-blocks Negreanu and others after criticism of PGT Heads-Up Showdown exchange with Eric Persson

Hellmuth Twitter-blocks Negreanu and others after criticism of PGT Heads-Up Showdown exchange with Eric Persson

A social-media rift between high-profile pros Phil Hellmuth and Daniel Negreanu has seemingly deepened, with Hellmuth blocking Negreanu and many others on Twitter in the wake of widespread criticism of Hellmuth’s ongoing behavior at the tables. That behavior included the recent heated exchange between Hellmuth and Eric Persson in an early round of the PokerGO Tour Heads-Up Showdown in Las Vegas.

The public rift included Negreanu writing, after discovering he’d been blocked by Hellmuth, “Embarrassing, Phil, even for you! For decades you have ruthlessly berated people at the table, and now one guy (Persson) gives you a taste of your own medicine and you cry like a child. No one in poker history is more deserving of behavior penalties than you.”

Embarrassing Phil even for you!

For decades you have ruthlessly berated people at the table, and now one guy (Persson) gives you a taste of your own medicine and you cry like a child

No one in poker history is more deserving of behavior penalties than you pic.twitter.com/vam94af2Pi

— Daniel Negreanu (@RealKidPoker) April 22, 2022

Negreanu’s Tweet was one of just several castigating Hellmuth for his behavior, both past and present. Other examples included these:

What I just witnessed was hard to put into words. Cliffs:

Hellmuth asking the floor to give the other guy a penalty for berating him, while simultaneously calling him a mother fucking asshole. https://t.co/ZJh29w6cKO

— Daniel Negreanu (@RealKidPoker) April 22, 2022

This is accurate.

Hellmuth acting like the poor victim cause that guy was being mean to him.

Awww poor baby.

He dishes it out for decades, but can’t handle one dude giving it back to him. https://t.co/zDu98980x2

— Daniel Negreanu (@RealKidPoker) April 22, 2022

Calling people idiots and mother fuckers and assholes unprovoked…

It’s one thing to whine about bod luck.

It’s a whole different level when you attack people the way he has for decades and hasn’t changed one bit. Positivity my ass.

— Daniel Negreanu (@RealKidPoker) April 22, 2022

Hellmuth goes on blocking rampage after ego bruising

For Hellmuth’s part, Negreanu was far from the only person he blocked on Twitter when the criticism of his actions began rolling in. Hellmuth defended his parade of Twitter blocks even as he announced it:

1 You wanna be a gladiator in the biggest arena? You wanna strive for greatness? Then you will have critics and haters. And, when “They” find a new reason to attack, big or small, then they come out in droves (like the lemmings most of them are). Today, in this last emotional

— phil_hellmuth (@phil_hellmuth) April 22, 2022

2 ..10 hours, I feel the full brunt of all of that criticism. [I have “blocked” a ton of folks today, esp those that “weigh in” w unbalanced and wrong opinions]. Now, I question my own Ego: and yes, I recognize that my Ego is too big right now. I feel upset, and unsettled.

— phil_hellmuth (@phil_hellmuth) April 22, 2022

Hellmuth had many fans supporting him in this latest online spat, although it appeared that the detractors outnumbered the supporters. Many noted that Persson’s behavior — which included a matching pair of middle fingers and calling Hellmuth a “bitch” — was over the line in general terms, but was more aptly viewed as just desserts in Hellmuth’s case. For those who haven’t seen the exchange between Hellmuth and Persson, PokerGO itself (in which Hellmuth and Negreanu both own minority stakes), excerpted the outburst for the public to view:

Hellmuth and Persson exchange apologies

Despite the opening-round animosity, Hellmuth broached the Round 2 set to offer an apology to Persson, who responded in kind. Hellmuth also posted video of that moment:

I sincerely apologized (now) to Eric Persson for my part in our extreme “Verbal Jousting” during yesterdays heads up match. Eric sincerely apologized to me as well, and we shook hands. Eric played well to beat me #POSITIVITY pic.twitter.com/AklVCgJ7W0

— phil_hellmuth (@phil_hellmuth) April 22, 2022

Nonetheless, #POSITIVITY or not, the episode will go down as the latest in a long, long line of abusive outbursts by the “Poker Brat” at the table. Among those are the classic 2008 WSOP main event moment when Hellmuth was given a one-lap penalty for abusive behavior as play ended for the evening, only to have that penalty rescinded overnight.

Last year, in another such instance, Hellmuth erupted into a lengthy F-bomb tirade at a WSOP final table, targeting Anthony Zinno, that went unnoticed at the time by tourney staff, due to the way the WSOP final-table stage is constructed as a sound-enclosed set. Hellmuth’s tirade made the live stream of that event, however, and Poker.org broke the story of how the WSOP’s execs finally learned of and reacted to Hellmuth’s outburst.

Author: Brandy Lawrence