Professional Poker Legend Phil Hellmuth Jr. and Friends Launch New Book: “Deal Me In”

Phil HelmuthPoker professional Phil Hellmuth Jr. plus the top-20 poker pros tell all in a dynamic, new book: Deal Me In by Stephen John and Marvin Karlins.   The book commemorates the 20th anniversary of Hellmuth’s first World Series of Poker (WSOP) championship.

Poker legends Doyle Brunson, Phil Hellmuth Jr., Daniel Negreanu, Phil Ivey, Annie Duke, Johnny Chan, Chris “Jesus” Ferguson, Carlos Mortensen, Chau Giang, Jennifer Harman, Allen Cunningham, Howard Lederer, Erik Seidel, Chad Brown, David “Devilfish” Ulliott, Layne Flack, Scotty Nguyen, Annette Obrestad, Tom Dwan and Peter Eastgate give unprecedented first-hand accounts.

These legendary players and rising stars share their journeys that reflect key moments in their rise to the top of the poker pantheon. The first-person stories will teach, inspire and make you laugh.

“Each chapter takes you behind the scenes into the early lives of poker’s biggest names. They cover their humble beginnings, the obstacles they overcame, the demons they faced and ultimately the success they enjoyed. Deal Me In is packed with the musings of poker’s most colorful characters, surprising and insightful stories plus inside poker tips,” said Phil Hellmuth Jr., who conceptualized the project.

Deal Me In humanizes the larger-than-life personalities, allowing the reader to understand more about poker strategy through the trials and errors of the best players in the game.

“A page-turner about the world’s most powerful poker players and their hardscrabble journeys from the backgammon games of Manhattan, the taverns of Wisconsin, the back alleys of Saigon and the pubs of England. Unforgettable stories and valuable tips, Deal Me In is about dreaming big and the will to succeed,” says CardPlayer magazine.

In 1989, a 24-year-old Hellmuth was a University of Wisconsin dropout and the youngest person ever to win the main event when he defeated WSOP champion Johnny Chan. This week marks the 20th anniversary of the historic match. Hellmuth still holds the record for playing at the most final tables (41) in WSOP history and winning 11 championship bracelets.

Deal Me In, by Stephen John and Marvin Karlins, 308 pages, 154 color photos, softbound, published by Phil’s House Publishing, Inc., $24.95, available exclusively online at:

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