If he heeds his mentor’s advice, NBA winner Draymond Green might one day become a poker champion like Phil Hellmuth. On the Domenick Nati Show, which airs on the iHeartRadio app, the Poker Brat said he has been helping the Golden State Warriors ahead learn how to play poker.
You may listen to the full interview on YouTube, which we have pasted below. But be warned, it is rather cringeworthy in parts, hearing a non-poker interviewer give Hellmuth multiple opportunities to boast about himself and namedrop.
It would be tricky to find a more competent poker trainer compared to the WSOP bracelet record-holder. Hellmuth, the 1989 world champion, has 15 World Series titles to his belt. Nobody else has more than 10.
Green has a similar demeanor on the court as Hellmuth does on the felt. Both pros are, possibly to a fault among the most competitive in their respective games.
Draymond has a history of becoming physical and verbal altercations on the court. Likewise, he has been suspended or fined a lot of times. Last month, he spent a match on the sidelines for feuding with teammate Kevin Durant.
Hellmuth, as you know, has quite an extensive history of being bratty at the poker table. It seems like these two might be the perfect match.
‘Helping with His Poker Game’
Nati, a celebrity publicist whose show covers news and celebrity interviews, asked the Poker Brat about his relationship with the NBA star.
“Draymond’s my boy,” the poker winner said. “I love him. If people knew who he really was, they’d love him.”
Hellmuth, who lives in the San Francisco Bay area, is an avid Warriors fan. Being a wealthy poker celebrity has its perks. He not only sits court-side for home games, but also has a close relationship with the owners and a few players.
Hellmuth’s list of celebrity friends includes Green whom he is teaching how to become the next Phil Hellmuth.
“If you look at Draymond on the court for those that see the NBA and the way he gets very tilted when the ref makes a bad call,” Hellmuth said in the interview. “That’s kind of just like me in poker.”
Hellmuth referred to the Warriors forwards as a”great man,” and said he has been”helping him with his poker game.”
Phil did not mention specifics, but it is safe to assume the poker training does not include a course on game theory optimal strategy (GTO). That style of play surely contradicts his”white magic” philosophy which is based on emotion and informs more than math.
Two Brats in a Pod?
Hellmuth did not mention in the interview how experienced Green is at poker. However, these two competitors certainly have a lot in common.
First off, they have”bratty” tendencies. Hellmuth often flips out over a bad beat like Green does if a ref makes a poor call. Actually, he gets angry any time the ref calls a foul on him, even if it’s the right call.
They also share a similar competitive fire and desire to win. Green does not give his team 20 points a night. He averages just nine points per game in his career. But he provides value in different ways, such as hustling after loose balls, grabbing offensive rebounds, and playing stellar defense.
Hellmuth is also an unconventional poker player, at least nowadays. While many are learning GTO strategies, Phil continues to believe in his”white magic” philosophy that has won him millions of dollars since the 1980s.
And it seems like despite constant criticism from the poker community for refusing to adapt to modern poker strategy, Hellmuth’s old-school mindset still works, at least on some level.
He proved that this past summer by extending his record to 15 WSOP bracelets,for $485,082.