Jason Koon has defeated Phil Hellmuth in the largest High Stakes Duel ever to take home the staggering $1,600,000 prize. Koon is only the second player yet to beat Phil Hellmuth in this format and will now be playing for an incredible $3,200,000 in the next High Stakes Duell!
Watch High Stakes Duel 3 Round 5 here:
Jason Koon beats Phil Hellmuth in shortest match yet
Phil Hellmuth has been denied his third consecutive High Stakes Duel Championship Belt after being defeated by Jason Koon in Round 5 of High Stakes Duel 3.
Jason Koon and Phil Hellmuth sat across from each other in the PokerGO Studio in Las Vegas, Nevada last night for the biggest High Stakes Duel match to date.
In Round 5 of High Stakes Duel 3 both opponents put up $800,000 each. In the shortest match of High Stakes Duel history, Koon handed Hellmuth just his second loss in 11 matches to win the $1,600,000 prize.
Next High Stakes Duel is for $3,200,000!
That means in Round 6, where there will be $3,200,000 on the line. The Poker Brat will have the first right to rematch Koon, but if he doesn’t, then the seat will be open to anyone.
“I assumed it was going to go two ways. One, there’s going to be some very rich recreational player who wants a sweat, which is great. Or there’s going to be some super alpha person who comes from Russia or somewhere who wants to play me, but I doubt it. I just can’t really see anyone that will play me. I’m not trying to be arrogant, it’s just that it’s a lot of money to move for a one-percent or two-percent edge that you’re going to have at most against me.”
“I played a very Phil-specific strategy”
Jason Koon told PokerGO after the match:
“I played a very Phil-specific strategy. But if I play another player, I will be ready to play them if they play the way that a solver would play. I had great hands. Even the hands that I bluffed, almost all of them kind of presented themselves in a natural way, so it was just one of those days where almost anybody in my seat is going to win. Like I said coming in, I was ready to lose this thing quite often because of the structure. I could have been on the other end of that, where Phil just had huge hands all of the time, and that’s just the nature of poker. You shouldn’t feel bad the days that you run good, and you shouldn’t feel bad the days that you run bad. It’s just the process of it all. Today, I got to be the winner, and it’s nice to do that for gigantic stakes.”
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