High Stakes Duel Will See Hellmuth vs. Dwan Rematch This January
- Phil Hellmuth and Tom Dwan will face each other for a second time
- Hellmuth gets a chance to even the score after his first loss on the show
- High Stakes Duel will air on PokerGo on Jan 26
A date has finally been set for the highly-anticipated High Stakes Duel rematch between Phil Hellmuth and Tom Dwan. They will face each other again on January 26, with the action airing on PokerGO at 5pm PT.
Hellmuth’s original opponent on High Stakes Duel III was Nick Wright. The sports broadcaster was defeated in Round 1 which took place back in July. The match came to an abrupt end after Wright opted not to pursue a rematch, which meant a new challenger could come in for Round 2. Dwan, who had earlier been rumored to face Hellmuth on the heads-up poker show, stepped up to the plate, and just like that, the long-awaited battle between the two legends finally happened.
Hellmuth Gets Another Shot
After a marathon match back in August, Dwan gave Hellmuth his first-ever loss on the show by cracking the Poker Brat’s pocket aces. The scenario was reminiscent of the 2008 NBC National Heads-Up Poker Championship where both players also faced each other. During that time, Hellmuth had a meltdown after Dwan gave him a bad beat, cracking his pocket aces with pocket tens.
Before facing Dwan on High Stakes Duel, Hellmuth enjoyed a 7-0 streak, previously sweeping Antonio Esfandiari and Daniel Negreanu.
For the upcoming rematch, Hellmuth will have to pay $200,000 bringing the total prize pool to $400,000. During their first bout, there weren’t many big, memorable actions as both players did not have major confrontations. We also saw a tamed Hellmuth trying to keep himself together despite losing some hands.
We might see a different picture in Round 3, and that’s if Dwan brings back his old play style, firing off random huge bluffs, which made him very popular. Hellmuth might also unleash his “bratty” personality if things still don’t go his way.
If Dwan defeats Hellmuth, he will have the option to end the game and walk away with the $400,000 prize, or give Hellmuth another shot, extending the match to Round 4. If the latter happens, the Poker Brat would need to shell out another $400,000. If the results favor Hellmuth, then the decision is on him to continue the match or take home the money.