Looks like 2022 will see yet another high-on-action heads-up between Phil Hellmuth and Tom Dwan on High Stakes Duel III. The poker game will commence on 26th January and is a $400,000 heads-up battle between the two players. This match will be aired on PokerGO for fans to catch all the poker action. The upcoming match is actually the third round of High Stakes Duel but will be the second match featuring these two competitors.
In round one of the High Stakes Duel, Hellmuth beat FS1 sports talk show host Nick Wright in July 2021. The buy-in of that round was $50,000 per player. After the defeat, Wright declined for a rematch and the table was open for another challenger to take his place. This next opponent was Tom Dwan who added $100,000 to the remaining prize pool from the first round. This brought the pot up to $200,000 and the second round commenced in August 2021.
Dwan then went on to defeat the Poker Hall of Famer. This was Hellmuth’s first defeat in eight games. Previously, the World Series Of Poker (WSOP) bracelet winner beat Daniel Negreanu and Antonio Esfandiari in each of the three rounds.
After round 2, Hellmuth had a chance to either quit or challenge his opponent to a rematch at double the stakes. Never the one to back out, Hellmuth chose the latter and now has to pay $200,000 to enter the third round. This doubles the prize pool to $400,000.
While the second round of the heads-up match was fairly uneventful, fans of the two poker legends can expect a lot of action in the coming third round. One of the things to keep an eye out for would be Dwan’s gameplay. Will the pro unleash his old hyper-aggressive style of play or opt for a more patient approach? It will also be interesting to see if Hellmuth undergoes one of his infamous meltdowns.
If the loser of the third round of High Stakes Duel declines for a rematch or the winner declines to offer a rematch then the series will come to an end. In either scenario, High Stakes Duel IV will begin with a new challenger and will go back to its level 1 buy-in of $50,000.
When it comes to their poker careers, Phil Hellmuth and Tom Dwan have an extensive history of locking horns. The first instance of which dates all the way back to the 2008 NBC Heads-Up Poker Championship. The two have battled each other in multiple cash games and publicly competed with each other again only in 2021. Over the years, the two have also become thick friends.
Donna Amo is a writer at Gutshot Magazine. She is a graduate from Sophia College of Women, Mumbai with a degree in English Literature. When this October born foodie is not writing content or poetry, she spends her time laughing at memes or watching series. Based out of Mizoram, she is drawn to all things nature and has a soft spot for puppies.
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