Jason Koon has been crowned High Stakes Duel 3 champion after no challenger was brave enough to step up and face him in a $1.6 million match. The poker legend beat Phil Hellmuth in an $800,000 showdown a month ago, becoming only the second player to defeat the “Poker Brat” in this format.
No Challenger Steps Up to Face Jason Koon in High Stakes Duel 3
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The rules of High Stakes Duel state that a player can walk away from the challenge after three victories or if nobody steps up after 30 days, the latter being the case for Jason Koon.
Phil Hellmuth won the first two seasons after thrashing Antonio Esfandiari and Daniel Negreanu 3-0 in both, over a four-month period.
High Stakes Duel III has taken more than 17 months to complete. ESPN commentator Nick Wright was Phil Hellmuth’s first victim, who was then replaced by Tom “durrrr” Dwan.
Dwan beat Hellmuth, his first in this format, but then lost in the $200,000 rematch. The pair agreed a $400,000 further rematch but Dwan jumped ship and was replaced by Scott Seiver who then lost.
Seiver didn’t fancy anymore and was himself replaced by Jason Koon in the $800,000 round.
Why Didn’t Phil Hellmuth Play Jason Koon?
It’s surprising that Phil Hellmuth didn’t step up to face Jason Koon. Out of all the players who have taken part in the High Stakes Duel matches, Hellmuth is likely the wealthiest and could easily afford to drop the $1.6 million.
It isn’t certain if PokerGO will organise a fourth season of High Stakes Duel but if they do, Jason Koon will be the reigning champion who has the option to take on all-comers starting with a $50,000 match.
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