10/1/09 – One of international poker's living legends, Doyle ‘Texas Dolly' Brunson has spoken out about colleague Phil Hellmuth's penchant for grand entrances designed to garner maximum publicity at major tournaments like the World Series of Poker.
In his latest stunt Hellmuth arrived at the World Series of Poker Europe main event in London's Leicester Square dressed as a Roman emperor and riding in a chariot surrounding by dancing girls and Roman legionaries. He staged a similar publicity stunt at the World Series of Poker in Las Vegas earlier this year. In both compeitions he was eliminated before reaching the final table.
Writing in his online blog this week, Brunson says: "I’ve always liked Phil Helmuth and have defended his tantrums because that is Phil being Phil, but these grand entrances he makes are too much!
"He came to my table dressed as Julius Caesar along with trumpets and scantily clad girls. It embarrassed me just being there. I would have liked to have applied for the role of Brutus. I am a poker purist and stuff like that detracts too much from what a great game poker is."
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