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Phil Hellmuth to Compete on Dancing with the Stars?

by Omar

Time to break out the dancing shoes. Everyone who watches poker and keeps up with the goings on of the poker world knows very well that there is perhaps no one in the world that relishes attention and the spotlight more than the self proclaimed Poker Brat himself, Phil Hellmuth. He is a regular player on virtually every televised poker event and never shies away from the spotlight, in fact, most would agree that he goes out of his way to have it shine right on himself. The latest news about the 10-time World Series of Poker Bracelet winner could go a long way towards cementing his name in households around the country.

Rumors are beginning to swirl that Hellmuth has been selected to participate in ABC TV’s smash hit show Dancing with the Stars. On Monday, Hellmuth began the rumor himself by tweeting, “OMG! Phil Hellmuth (me!) on ‘Dancing with the Stars!’ Outrageous! Might make a fool out of myself on worldwide television one more time.” With that message, he has sparked speculation as to whether or not the tournament poker great will in fact be appearing on the 12th season of the ballroom dancing competition set to air in Winter 2011.

The show has been a launching pad of sorts for past contestants as several of the more charismatic and camera friendly competitors have used there stint on the show as a springboard for other media related posts. Past contestants such as Mario Lopez, and Kenny Mayne have used the show to revive or send their careers to the next level.

Hellmuth would not however, be the first contestant with ties to the poker world as two seasons ago, actress and poker aficionado, Shannon Elizabeth reached the semi-finals of the show. This past season saw 1980s actress Jennifer Gray capture the trophy and title.

What can viewers expect should Hellmuth appear? At a glance, Hellmuth does not appear to possess much rhythm or athleticism. Then again, neither did comedian Adam Corolla who enjoyed several weeks on the ballroom floor before his elimination several seasons ago.

The news of Hellmuth’s participation has received an overwhelmingly negative response over on as most believe Hellmuth will be a train wreck on the show and give the game a black eye in the process. However, should he represent himself reasonably well and be on his best behavior, Hellmuth would be in a position to further cross over into mainstream media.

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