Phil Hellmuth picks up $23,000 with tennis prop bet

Phil Hellmuth apparently has other talents besides poker. The Poker Brat recently participated in a tennis prop bet in which he had to return at least one serve out of 20 against a professional tennis player. He gladly accepted the challenge and not only returned a serve, but added some additional cash to his winnings.

According to the rules, returning one serve would net the poker pro $7,000. Scoring a point would earn him an additional $16,000. The only caveat in Hellmuth’s favor was that the serve could not be faster than 8MPH. Given that the average speed of a serve by male tennis pros is around 114MPH, 80 MPH must have been like trying to hit the ball in slow motion.

Hellmuth released a series of videos showing off the results of the bet, and the competition wasn’t pretty. He barely touched the ball with his racket on the first serve and then helplessly watched as the ball floated passed him on the second serve to give the unidentified pro an ace. He then found his grove, which made his opponent a little nervous – Hellmuth was offered $3K to back out of the bet.

Finally, on the eighth serve, Hellmuth found the sweet spot. He nailed the serve and returned the ball to pick up the full $23K.

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