The American player Phil Hellmuth is back in the big headlines for joining the World Poker Tour’s talent team as the new analyst of The Raw Deal segment. The 14 time WSOP champion will be replacing Tony Dunst, who recently moved into the poker commentary booth to replace the longtime WPT commentator Mike Sexton.
The Raw Deal was added to the WPT’s on-air broadcast back in 2010. Dunst quickly earned a name for himself by calling out the biggest stars in poker for their decision making and behavior, making him a perfect fit for the role producers had envisioned.
The ‘Poker Brat’ Hellmuth will now do the commentary on select hands during WPT broadcasts, kicking off with the televised Season XVI WPT Choctaw tournament.
“I am honored to join the World Poker Tour as the new WPT Raw Deal analyst,” Hellmuth said in a press release. “Becoming a part of the World Poker Tour family has been a career dream of mine, and I’d like to thank Adam Pliska, CEO of the World Poker Tour, for providing me this exciting opportunity. Backed by my decades of poker experience, I look forward to offering no-holds-barred commentary and analysis as host of the WPT Raw Deal.”
“It is the World Poker Tour’s great pleasure to welcome Phil Hellmuth as our new WPT Raw Deal analyst,” said Pliska. “It takes a unique ability to be the WPT Raw Deal analyst, and the World Poker Tour is confident that it has found the perfect successor to Tony Dunst in Phil Hellmuth. Phil’s insightful poker analysis comes with the right amount of edginess, and his poker résumé speaks for itself, exemplifying all the WPT looks for in its Raw Deal analyst.”