Phil Hellmuth may havein history and have more than $22 million in live tournament earnings, but at least one Uber driver thinks he’s cheap.
According to the driver, Hellmuth not only had a bad attitude but also did not tip. She posted a smiley selfie with the poker pro to a Facebook group called “Uber and Lyft Drivers Breakroom.” The group is a closed group with over 25,000 members, with whom she shared the story about their trip to the airport within an undetermined town:
“Bring this dude to the airport — behaves totally blessed — ordered XL only for him — had heat blasting and inside light on the whole time — one telephone whole time talking about his million dollar book deal — leaves his garbage in my car — chips, poker and water paperwork — not even a $1 tip like ok if I was a poker star I woulda tipped you!!!!” She punctuated her text .
Since Uber drivers do not carry or accept cash, clients can send their driver a tip with the Uber app up after their trip to 30 days. If the Poker Brat were to decide to make it a problem, so that could lead to bigger problems for the driver but Uber doesn’t condone tip shaming, either.
The incident has generated a buzz among the poker community.For Daniel Negreanu, Hellmuth may have one of the biggest egos in the game, but he’s always been generous in his experience.
According to a tweet from @RealKidPoker:
“You can accuse @phil_hellmuth of a good deal of things, but being cheap isn’t one of these from my experience. He has always been generous so far as I understand.
Is his ego enormous? CHECK!
Is he cheap? NO.”
Doyle Brunson echoed the sentiments of Negreanu, with @TexDolly quick to pour scorn on people that saw the incident to smear Hellmuth’s reputation.
“Most folks are jealous of @phil_hellmuth. They make fun of a committed professional. Yes, he’s a giant ego and does and says ridiculous things sometime, but he’s next to @RealKidPoker as the ideal ambassador that poker has,” Brunson tweeted.
As for others, the situation was more amusing. In actuality, some believe could have been a bluff designed to get some well-timed exposure for.
According to the tagline of his latest creation, “you are always at the right place at the right time,” so we understand Hellmuth will be more than delighted to capitalize on his public Uber mishap.