It's another classic battle between the legendary 'durrrrr' and the Poker Brat. Phil Hellmuth has been on the top of his game in high-stakes heads-up battles over the last couple of years where he amassed an 8-1 record after starting out 7-0 against tough opponents like Antonio Esfandiari and Daniel Negreanu.
Tom Dwan ended Hellmuth's mighty streak last August when the two met in the second round of High Stakes Duel III. The joust had been brewing for over a decade when a hotshot Dwan and Hellmuth butted heads at the old-school NBC Heads-Up Poker Championship in the late 2000s. Dwan won the table stakes worth $200K.
It took five months before Hellmuth and Dwan sat down for rematch during Round 3 of High Stakes Duel III. In their second meeting, Hellmuth prevailed and banked $400K.
And now it's time for another battle set for May 12 in Las Vegas. Get ready for Round 4 of High Stakes Duel III but the stakes are now worth $800,000. You'll have to subscribe to PokerGO or have a subscription to view Round 4 of High Stakes Duel III.
It's been a rough couple of weeks for Phil Hellmuth when the dark side of the force reared its ugly head and he's been getting guff from everyone about his latest meltdown at the $25K Heads-Up Poker Showdown. Even Daniel Negreanu was quick to call out Hellmuth's incorrigible behavior, to which Hellmuth quickly blocked Kid Poker on Twitter faster than a high school drama queen. Too bad Hellmuth and Negreanu are not throwing down again, or maybe they will after the Dwan match?
The inaugural High Stakes Duel debuted in 2020 with Hellmuth versus Antonio Esfandiari. Everyone was rooting for the popular Esfandiari, but were shocked when Hellmuth rattled off three-straight victories. Hellmuth swept the Magician 3-0 and even Phil Galfond was impressed with how Hellmuth handled the matches.
Daniel Negreanu was fresh off his million dollar heads-up beef battle with Doug Polk, but he sat down to play Hellmuth in High Stakes Duel II. Once again, the majority of the poker community rooted for Kid Poker including his loyal fan base. And once again, the evil empire won. It was not pretty either with another 3-0 sweep. Negreanu was on the top of his heads up game too when Hellmuth crushed him.
For High Stakes Duel III, Hellmuth took on commentator Nick Wright. As expected, Hellmuth won $50,000 in the first round. Wright declined a rematch, but Dwan stepped in to play. Hellmuth had his 7-0 record in HSD matches end when Dwan got the best of the poker brat in August of 2021 for a $100K score.