Cooler Goes Phil Hellmuth’s Way in Marathon Match Win Over Daniel Negreanu
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It took 5 grueling hours and a single final cooler, but Phil Hellmuth defeated Daniel Negreanu for the third consecutive time on PokerGO’s Higher Stakes Duel II show Wednesday evening.
The match, which took spot at the PokerGO Studio in Las Vegas and was available on tape delay on the PokerGO app, was very a battle of wits amongst two legendary poker pros. Neither player appeared on tilt at any point despite every suffering their fair share of negative beats and coolers. Even Hellmuth was a bit subdued compared to his usual bratty behavior following poor beats.
Hellmuth won the first match, a $50,000 a piece acquire-in, in March following possessing trailed at one point a lot more than 20-1. He came back for Round two, of which Negreanu was necessary to contribute an additional $100,000 to the prize pool, and was more dominant in victory this time about.
That set up Wednesday’s Round three, the most pivotal match. Per High Stakes Duel rules, the losing player can no longer force a rematch following 3 straight losses. For Negreanu, that meant if he have been to lose in Round three, Hellmuth would have the choice to money out the $350,000 profit (Negreanu owed one more $200,000 to enter Round three) and move on to a new opponent.
Prior to the third game, each players announced on the No Gamble, No Future podcast that they would decline an additional rematch. As a result, the value of a Round 3 win for each players.
Negreanu Cannot Find a Fold
In the early goings, Negreanu hit a quantity of flops and gained a 2.5-1 chip benefit (each players started with 200,000 chips). That didn’t last long as the GGPoker ambassador created a expensive get in touch with with pocket nines in the most critical hand of the day.
The 4-bet pre-flop pot was currently inflated when the flop came out three-3-2, a monster hit for Hellmuth, who was holding Q-3. Negreanu bet out 7,000 and the “Poker Brat” bumped it up to 25,000 and got a call. The turn was a five and Hellmuth moved all-in for 126,000. “DNegs” went into the tank for a couple minutes just before deciding he just couldn’t away from his pocket pair. Each players watched a meaningless 10 turn more than on the river, leaving Negreanu with around 45,000 chips (7-1 disadvantage).
Luck on Negreanu’s Side
For most of the evening, the breaks weren’t going Negreanu’s way. But he discovered some great fortune in a pair of wild all-in pots.
Soon after battling back a bit to get within a 3-1 chip disadvantage, the former PokerStars pro went all-in pre-flop with two red kings. His opponent, nonetheless, also had a couple of kings in the hole. There wouldn’t be a chop in this pot as the four diamonds ran out, providing Negreanu a lucky double-up to a nearly even stack.
Hellmuth would again take over the match, winning pot right after pot. And then Negreanu once again got fortunate. The “Poker Brat” 3-bet pre-flop with A-Q, and his opponent went for a bluff all-in jam with K-3 off-suit. Negreanu couldn’t force a fold, but it all worked out in the end for him when the board came out 9-5-Q-K-five, and he took down the 182,000-chip pot.
Cooler Wraps it Up
Negreanu got fortunate in two all-in pots, but Hellmuth had the upper hand on excellent fortune general. The GGPoker ambassador struggled mightily to hit his draws most of the evening, whereas the 15-time WSOP bracelet winner seemingly couldn’t miss a draw.
On the final hand, they each hit a straight draw, except only a single of them was satisfied with the outcome. Negreanu raised pre-flop with suited six-five and Hellmuth came along for the ride in the big blind with 10-6 of diamonds. The flop came out two-7-9 with two diamonds, and Negreanu fired a bet and received a get in touch with.
The turn — eight of hearts– appeared to be best for Negreanu, but he’d soon uncover out it was the worst attainable card imaginable. Both players had a straight, but “DNegs” was only drawing to a 3-out chop (ten). Following Negreanu bet 12,000, Hellmuth raised it to 25,000 and the poker pro formerly known as “Kid Poker” jammed all-in for 160,000. The Poker Hall of Famers watched the river brick, giving Hellmuth the $400,000 pot ($350,000 profit).
Will He Ever Shed?
With this victory, Phil Hellmuth is now 6- on Higher Stakes Duel. He won three straight against Negreanu and three-for-3 against Antonio Esfandiari in 2020.
Hellmuth created it clear earlier this week he will not contact for yet another rematch and will cash out. So, he will soon face a new opponent. According to PokerGO’s Brent Hanks on the No Gamble, No Future podcast, the player waiting in the wings subsequent is Tom “durrrr” Dwan, setting up a match that is been in the producing for 13 years.
In 2008, back when Dwan was the young hotshot from Full Tilt Poker, “durrrr” sucked out with pocket 10’s, cracking Hellmuth’s aces, to bust the “Poker Brat” from the NBC Heads-Up Poker Championship. Following the undesirable beat, Hellmuth ripped on the young poker star’s play, to which Dwan pulled out some high denomination chips and uttered, “Phil, that’s why you lose online. Choose your stakes heads-up, pick your stakes heads-up.”
The match by no means took spot, but it seems the well-known poker pros will lastly meet up for a heads-up battle on High Stakes Duel III. No date has been set for the match, but when it happens, thousands of poker fans will be excited to tune in.