Six hours of anything is difficult, but the mental strain endured by high stakes players competing at the highest level is draining to say the least.
Hellmuth cites a change in his pre-match routine for his ability to maintain his composure when facing such steep odds.
"I used to drink coffee every day, but now, I drink Breinfuel when I'm going to play poker. The even spread of caffeine seems to keep me level. No ups-and-downs. Of course, I'm the Poker Brat, so I have self-inflicted ups-and-downs!"
This change appears to be paying off, as Hellmuth was listed as the underdog in each of his four High Stakes Duel matchups to date.
Finding himself as the underdog once again doesn’t seem to faze the Hall of Famer.
Known to be one of the poker circuit’s most boisterous personalities, the “Poker Brat” is taking a much more zen-like and healthy approach to his game today.
"If you are not mentally fit, you lose... Simple as that. Breinfuel has kept me as even keeled as I can be, and the slow steady release of caffeine and other natural elements has been amazing for me. I need every edge I can get, and it’s clearly working. Guarantee that it will be part of my daily routine at the 2021 WSOP!"