Phil Hellmuth gets panned for his performance as a commentator during Big One for One Drop. Plus a look back at the 2018 World Series of Poker. Check out these stories and more in the Friday Hit and Run.

Mixed Reaction to Phil Hellmuth the Commentator

Phil Hellmuth’s commentary during the ESPN broadcast of the Big One for One Drop received criticism from some poker players and fans on Twitch and poker forums writes US Poker.

Criticism for the commentary seems to be rooted in Hellmuth’s propensity to self-promote as well as a lack of respect that some high stakes players have for the 15-time bracelet winner.

Notably, some questioned Hellmuth’s downplaying of Justin Bonomo’s 2018 performance, who has already won a record $25 million with five months remaining in the year.

Even former ESPN host Bill Simmons weighed in:

Quick Hitters

Patrik Antonius documents Dan “Jungleman” Cates getting sleepy during a $5,000/$10,000 cash game:

– Joey Ingram sits down with 2018 WSOP Player of the Year leader Shaun Deeb on the Poker Life Podcast yesterday:

– With the 2018 WSOP in the books, Poker News examines the top performers in Las Vegas this summer. PocketFives provides their take on the most “unforgettable” stories during the 2018 WSOP.

– Unsurprisingly, Justin Bonomo holds the lead in the Global Poker Index 2018 Player of the Year standings, followed closely by Stephen Chidwick, Andrian Mateos, Joseph McKeehen and Jack Schindler. In the Global Poker Index standings, Chidwick holds on to the lead and is followed by Mateos, William Foxen, Bonomo and David Peters.

– After a break for the WSOP, the World Poker Tour makes its return. The Main Event of the WPT Gardens Poker Festival will be held on July 21st to July 26th at The Gardens Casino with a $5,000 buy-in.

Meanwhile, at the European Poker Tour, PokerStars is running the first EPT Open event in September for EPT Sochi. The tournament will run from September 21st to September 29th and feature a RUB 132,000 ($2,125) Main Event. The tournament will also award a $30,000 Platinum Pass to the winner of the Main Event.