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All Hail Hellmuth at WSOP Main Event Day 1c
Phil "Poker Brat" Hellmuth made his biggest entrance ever at the WSOP on Day 1c of the 2009 Main Event.
Hellmuth, who is notorious for over-the-top entrances at the Main Event, decided to enter this year's event dressed as Roman Emperor Julius Caesar, with nearly 100 supporting characters decked in Roman gear.
"I came here to conquer like Caesar!" said Hellmuth as he entered the Rio. "I'm here to win my 12th bracelet."
The Poker Brat was carried by four Roman Guards to the red carpet at the convention room entrance as he waved to fans from atop his platform.
The production also included 11 female gladiators in body paint (to represent each one of his WSOP bracelets), two male trumpeters, one male announcer and 50 female muses dressed in white togas.
The procession, which began at 1:45, went all the way through the Rio hallways, with the muses dropping rose petals wherever Hellmuth walked before he finally took his seat in the Amazon Room with his 11 gladiators still standing next to him.
Hellmuth was one of approximately 2,000 runners on Day 1c of the 2009 Main Event.
This is the third time Hellmuth has staged an elaborate entrance to the Main Event. In 2007 Hellmuth came dressed as a race car driver with 11 models in tow.
In 2008 Hellmuth came dressed as a general as part of the UB Army promotion that was going on at the time. There was some minor controversy at the time due to the ongoing U.S. war in Iraq.
Despite the controversy, Hellmuth had a very successful Main Event, going deep but eventually bowing out in 45th for $150,000.
Hellmuth wasn't the only player to use theatrics on Day 1c. Although it was much more subtle, Dennis Phillips had about 20 friends and family decked out in his now-famous white shirt and red St. Louis cap.
The "Phillipians," as media scribes called them, sweated Phillips throughout the day.