Poker Hall of Fame players Daniel Negreanu and Phil Hellmuth had recently finished competing at the 2017 Poker Masters, where both of them were able to make it to the final tables in the high roller series.
However, their verbal exchanges off the fallen were comparably the most combative.
The small, elite fields have brought back the age-old question on the poker circuit: Who is the best in the world in no-limit hold’em tournaments? Phil Hellmuth, winner of the 14 World Series of Poker bracelets, insists that he is by far the best that the game has in his generation.
Negreanu is at the top when it comes to the all-time tournament money list with $33.2 million, while Hellmuth sits at no. 8 with $21.4 million. The phenomenally talented German born player Fedor Holz blew by Phil Hellmuth in a short span of just a few years time, winning $23.9 million since early 2013.
A lot of very well deserved attention in recent years has been given to a slew of top players that have emerged from Germany. No wonder then that Germany is being considered the superpower in live poker tournaments.
Negreanu took issue with Hellmuth saying some of his peers in the events were nowhere near his level. “Your disrespect for this generation only hurts your own growth,” Negreanu said at one point on Tuesday. He said Hellmuth should come forward to properly challenge instead of mouthing off profanities, but so far the “Poker Brat” as he was called, has not given any indication to show that he is a willing to take part in an official or formal match up against any players much less the best young players that the game has managed to attract.