Poker Legend Phil Hellmuth, Jr. Poised for Celebrity Crew Chief Duties with Robby Gordon and Harrah's Entertainment Charlotte, N.C., March 7, 2006 -- The bad boy of the poker world just added an interesting title to his winning resume -- crew...
Poker Legend Phil Hellmuth, Jr. Poised for Celebrity Crew Chief Duties with Robby Gordon and Harrah's Entertainment
Charlotte, N.C., March 7, 2006 -- The bad boy of the poker world just added an interesting title to his winning resume -- crew chief. To kick off Harrah's Entertainment's premier event of the 2006 season with Robby Gordon Motorsports, Phil Hellmuth, Jr., will step away from the table and climb atop the pit box as celebrity crew chief for Robby Gordon and the No. 7 Harrah's Chevrolet team at the UAW-DaimlerChrysler 400.
Gordon is hoping that the poker icon's success in making the tough calls will help raise the odds for the team to cash in at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.
"I'm excited to have Phil on board with us this week for the first Harrah's race of the season," Gordon said. "Phil is used to making difficult decisions in the poker world, so I'm confident he'll be able to lend our team a hand with our strategy and help us continue our impressive start to the season."
Hellmuth stands on a stack of poker-and-life achievements that make him the envy of poker players and non-players alike. With an unparalleled list of career accomplishments including more than 50 tournament titles and an astounding nine World Series of Poker victories, Hellmuth has been voted the "best all-around tournament poker player in the world" and named to Bluff magazine's 'The Poker Power 20.' But his stardom doesn't stop there. The married, father of two, released his third book on playing poker, "Texas-Hold'em," in March 2005 and recently put his celebrity to work for a good cause by helping raise more than $75,000 for the Red Cross Hurricane Relief Fund by hosting an online charity poker tournament.
"I'm looking forward to being behind the scenes at a NASCAR race and sitting atop the pit box, especially with Robby Gordon," Hellmuth said. "What better place than Las Vegas for the poker world and the racing world to come together. I'm willing to bet that Robby will put on a great show for the Vegas fans, and I am looking forward to the up-close and personal experience of being his honorary crew chief."
All-Stars in their respective fields, Gordon and Hellmuth agree their winning ways in racing and poker are due in part to shared similarities of skill, talent and dedication, and on Sunday, the two are counting on an exciting showdown for the checkered flag.
Crew Chief Greg Erwin, on the other hand, is counting on gaining an essential tool in every crew chief's repertoire -- the ultimate poker face.
"So many times on top of the pit box, the decisions I have to make are a gamble," Erwin said. "I'm looking forward to having the best poker player in the business by my side and maybe even gaining a pointer or two."
Gordon and the No. 7 Harrah's Chevrolet team head to Las Vegas Motor Speedway for the third event of the 2006 NASCAR Nextel Cup season on March 12th in 17th place in the point standings.