Phil Hellmuth has exercised his right to a rematch against Tom “durrrr” Dwan in the High Stakes Duel III. The pair will meet again later this month where the Poker Brat will try to avenge his loss.
IT’S ON!@Phil_Hellmuth vs. @TomDwan with $400,000 on the line for High Stakes Duel III Round 3. Wednesday, January 26 at 8 p.m. ET (5 p.m. PT), exclusively on PokerGO. pic.twitter.com/sLmS5WaAXg
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Battle will commence in the PokerGO studio on January 26 where every hand from the action will be streamed live for the viewers with commentary as the players fight for the $400,000 prize.
Can Phil Hellmuth Reclaim His Crown?
When Tom Dwan beat Phil Hellmuth in the previous round of the High Stakes Duel, it marked the end of a 7-0 streak for the 15-time WSOP bracelet winner.
Hellmuth had previously seen off both Antonio Esfandiari and Daniel Negreanu 3-0 creating an aura that put many off from picking up the gauntlet.
Sports commentator Nick Wright came next and, although putting in a gallant effort, he realised that he was outmatched and unlikely to win a rematch.
Fortunately for the fans, the rules allow for a new challenger to take the reins and in stepped Tom Dwan who finally defeated Phil Hellmuth.
Could We See a $12,800,000 Prize Pool in Round 8?
So now the rules say this is Round Three out of a possible eight which could see an eye-watering $12,800,000 prize pool created as the buy-in doubles in every new round.
Players can also walk away claiming final victory if they win three rounds in a row starting before Round Four or two in a row starting with Round Four or later.
If Phil Hellmuth wins this round, then Tom Dwan, or any other challenger, can force this fight to at least Round Five where the prize pool will be $1.6 million.
We think this saga really could go all the way. The history between Phil Hellmuth and Tom Dwan goes back all the way to 2008 and adds a special dynamic to this challenge.
This was a time when the then 21-year-old Dwan was the rising star in poker and thought to be the best heads-up cash player on the planet.
Then, in the opening round of the NBC National Heads-Up Poker Championship, the pair squared up over the felt for the first time with Dwan knocking out Hellmuth, sending him into one of his trademarked rants.
During the abuse Dwan repeatedly challenged Hellmuth to a heads-up fight at any stakes at any time but couldn’t get a bite. It’s a shame we had to wait so long for this but it’s here at last.
Check out the video below for a replay of the end of the 2008 match.
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