Our first Phil Hellmuth appearance in the Pavilion followed the age old script poker fans have come to know and love.
After raising to 700 from UTG+1, the world's most accomplished championship bracelet collector watched as no less than four opponents came along, each eager to bring the bad beat pain down on the "Poker Brat."
Hellmuth led out for 750 and shed three of the four stragglers, but an opponent called his bet from the button, bringing the on the turn.
Despite the relatively innocuous card, Hellmuth immediately changed gears and checked to his opponent. This move elicited a bet of 1,700 from the button player, and Hellmuth was incredulous as he folded, flashing an Ace as he threw his cards away.
His opponent, perhaps sensing a once in a lifetime opportunity to needle Phil Hellmuth, offered to pay the living legend $500 cash if he could guess his hand. Hellmuth responded quickly by saying "Ten-Four suited," but his opponent slid his cards into the muck while shaking his head in the negative.