Daniel Colman called Phil Hellmuth a “whore” and “pathetic” in a Two Plus Two forum thread, then later pulled back a bit, saying that his comments were perhaps “a bit too harsh.” Colman’s post came in a thread discussing Hellmuth’s recent appearance on a podcast hosted by Brian Koppelman, one of the writers behind the film Rounders.
The thread was mostly a reaction to Hellmuth’s conversation with Koppelman: one that was filled with the name-dropping and grandiose claims that the poker world has come to expect from the Poker Brat. As usual, some players found Hellmuth’s antics amusing, while others looked to make fun of one of the biggest personalities in the game.
Colman Calls Hellmuth “Pathetic” and “Spineless”
That all changed when Daniel Colman stepped into the thread. His biting commentary soon became the focus of the conversation for many posters, perhaps because of just how strongly he went after Hellmuth in his post.
“Its embarrassing that we have to share our profession with whores like this guy,” Colman wrote under his screen name, mrgr33n13. “After I win one drop, he immediately comes on stage to shake my hand in front of a camera and congratulate me. As if he’s the gatekeeper to the poker world and welcoming me inside.”
Colman continued by questioning not only Hellmuth’s words and actions, but also his character.
“It is truly pathetic that a 40 year old would behave the way he does at the table, not to mention how spineless he is, just willing to take any sponsorship regardless of the company’s integrity,” Colman wrote. “Hey, anything for a payday! Really makes me sad to think there’s a chance some people may look up to this charlatan. People of his attitude and character are a cancer to this world.”
Hellmuth Reacts to Comments Quickly
Hellmuth apparently heard about the comments, and before too long, he responded on Twitter.
“Ouch, I was just attacked big time on a terrific poker forum: TwoPlusTwo,” he tweeted. “It was personal and it hurts, but I am proud of the man I am!”
Hellmuth also reportedly made reference to the comments during the live streaming broadcast of Poker Night in America. According to reports, Hellmuth spent about an hour reacting to Colman’s post, saying that he thinks that most poker players love him and that he had never called out a poker player on a public forum, at least to the best of his recollection.
Colman Backs Off Harshest Parts of Post
While the comments may have bothered Phil, it seems they also didn’t sit well with Colman himself, at least after some reflection. About 17 hours after his initial post, Colman returned to the thread to moderate his words somewhat.
“Maybe a bit too harsh,” Colman said of his previous post, “not exactly a cancer to society but it definitely doesn’t do us any good when people like him shamelessly self-promote and try to sell themselves to you. Listened to 5 minutes of that podcast and it got me upset listening to him prop himself up, and the interviewer was definitely feeding the ball to him.”
Colman posted again a couple hours later, saying that while he “was harsh and over the top,” he hoped that it would at least stimulate discussion on Hellmuth’s role in the poker community and his time at Ultimate Bet, the now-defunct poker site that was the subject of a major cheating scandal.
“Im happy to have a dive taken in my almighty twoplustwo street cred as long as we can focus some parts of the discussion on PH’s overall behavior and his representing of UB,” Colman wrote.