Who is Katherine Sanborn?
The exact date and location of Katherine’s birth has not been specified but she was born somewhere in the US in 1972, and so holds American nationality – Katherine is a recognized psychiatrist who became popular after she married the love of her life Phil Hellmuth.
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Early life and education
There is not much known about Katherine’s background or what woke her interest in psychiatry – she spent her entire childhood in the US with her parents, and after she matriculated from a local high school, enrolled at the University of Wisconsin’s Medical School and graduated in 1993 – she went on to complete her residency at the Stanford University’s School of Medicine.
Dr. Katherine Sanborn is specialized in treating hospitalized psychiatric patients – she has been a practitioner of psychiatry for over 20 years, and has gained a lot of experience in the field. She has been working at the Stanford University as the Co-Director of the Individual Psychotherapy Clinic, Stanford Dept of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences since 2011, while she is also the Inpatient Medical Director at the Psychiatry sector at Stanford since 2015.
Rumors say that Katherine wanted a taste of the poker feeling and that she therefore attended the Ladies Only World Series of Poker Tournament held in 2005 – it is not verified but is said that she competed, and lost to Jennifer Tilly who went on to became that year’s champion.
Katherine is married to Phillip Jerome Hellmuth who is known for being an American professional poker player – ironically, Phil is known to act insane when the situation at the table is not as he would want it to be, and although Katherine is a psychiatrist, she can’t help him to control his emotions. A very popular poker commentator who works for the ESPN named Norman Chad called Katherine ‘a saint and an angel’ for being able to deal with her husband who has a problem with his temper. One time when he lost a round, he got mad and came to her while she calmed him down by saying ‘Let it go. You know you’re not out. You’re not out. Let it go. You’re not out, and everything can turn around. But you’ve got to let it go.’ While her husband loves being the center of attention and is a quite a public personality, Katherine hates being on camera, but is there during his big poker matches anyway.
The couple first met at the University of Wisconsin as both of them were studying there – they dated for several years and married each other just one year after Phil won the World Series of Poker Main Event in 1989, the youngest person who even managed to win it –and the couple exchanged their vows in 1990. Even though he might have a slight temper problem, Phil is known as a person who would never cheat on his wife – he enjoys going to clubs where he is usually treated as a VIP, while many beautiful girls flirt with him because of his wealth, but he loves his wife the most and would never do anything to hurt her. They have two kids who are no longer kids but already have their own families – Phil III and Nick – Katherine and Phil are currently living in Palo Alto in California, and are said to be enjoying their life there. According to some unofficial sources, Phil is trying to persuade his wife to move to Las Vegas so he could be closer to the poker tables, but Katherine prefers to stay in Palo Alto.
If someone is interested to learn more about Phil’s life journey and his marriage with Katherine, you can read his autobiography and learn more about the time when she wanted to leave him in 2001 and 2002 or when he wanted to leave her in 2015.
Who is Phil Hellmuth?
Phillip J. Hellmuth, Jr. was born in the US on 16 July 1964 and is the current record holder for having the most World Series of Poker bracelets – 15 of them. He won the Main Event of the 1989 World Series of Poker and the Main Event of the World Series of Poker Europe in 2012 – he has also been a member of the World Series of Poker Hall of Fame since 2007.
Phil had a rather tough childhood as he had bad grades at Madison West High School, and was not getting along with his friends – he was the ‘black sheep’ of his family. He enrolled at the University of Wisconsin in Madison where he met Katherine for the first time, studying for three years before quitting to become a poker player. As of 2019, he is said to have won nearly $23 million from live poker tournaments, and holds the 17th spot on the list of the highest money winners in poker of all time – the highest amount which he ever won was slightly over $1 million at the $10,450 No Limit Hold’em Main Event.
He has reached the final table on the World Poker Tour five times – he won fourth place in 2002 when he competed in the $3,000 No Limit Hold’em WPT Event at the 49’er Gold Rush Bonanza, third place in 2003 at the $10,000 No Limit Hold’em Event at the World Poker Finals held at Foxwoods, and was the sixth best player in 2008 at the L.A. Poker Classic; he got bronze in 2010 at the Bay 101 Shooting Star event, and silver at the Bicycle Casino in 2017.
Phil is also a writer of poker books such as “Play Poker like the Pros”, “Bad Beats and Lucky Draws”, and “Poker Brat”. People who watch poker tournaments know Phil as the “Poker Brat” which is the nickname he received due to his change in behavior after not doing well at the table – he is known to insult other players and to be ready to walk away from the table if he gets mad or angry enough.
Red carpet at @sampaio_carol birthday party! Beautiful party at @CopacabanaPalac Hotel, only until 7 AM!! Or maybe, 2 AM for wife and I! Picture by @CariolaRodrigo #PHNiceLife #POSITIVITY pic.twitter.com/qjRaLj8Krr
— phil_hellmuth (@phil_hellmuth) March 14, 2019
Appearance and net worth
Katherine’s current age is not known as she hasn’t shared her exact date of birth with the public, but considering the fact that she graduated from the university in 1993 she should be somewhere around 47, although her husband is currently 54 years old. Katherine has short brown hair and brown eyes, while her height and weight are not known.
According to authoritative sources, Katherine’s current net worth is estimated to be over $3 million and is sure to rise as she is a popular and respected psychiatrist.
Social media presence
Katherine doesn’t seem to be active on any of the popular social media platforms or she is a very hard person to find.
On the other hand, her husband Phil is very active on the Internet – he launched his Twitter account in December 2008 and has so far amassed over 270,000 followers and tweeted nearly 14,500 times. His Instagram account is followed by more than 60,000 people while he’s posted around 640 pictures – he has a Facebook account as well, which he rather uses to keep in touch with his friends and family.