Tom Dwan Ends Hellmuth’s Winning Streak On High Stakes Duel
Phil Hellmuth and Tom Dwan faced each other on 25 August at the PokerGo’s studio at the Aria in Las Vegas, Nevada.
The duel received a lot of publicity in the lead up to the big showdown as Hellmuth and Dwan are considered two of the best poker players in the world with many labelling Hellmuth as the greatest poker player of all time.
Phil Hellmuth’s win streak started with High Stakes Duel I when he took on the magician in Antonio Esfandiari.
The Poker Brat had an easy run and ended up winning all three games to prove to the poker world once again why Doyle Brunson has labelled him the GOAT.
Hellmuth had another difficult challenge in High Stakes Duel II when he faced Canadian and fellow Poker Hall of Famer Daniel Negreanu. Poker players expected Kid Poker to give Hellmuth his toughest challenge but Hellmuth played with a lot of confidence and won again 3-0.
High Stakes Duel III surprised a lot of players as they brought in Nick Wright who is a sports commentator to play Hellmuth. Wright found out how difficult it was to play Hellmuth and decided to quit after his first match. The organizers then decided to ask Tom Dwan to step in and challenge Hellmuth in the remaining 2 games.
When Dwan agreed to the match up, it got the poker world talking as Tom Dwan beat Phil Hellmuth during the 2008 NBC Heads-Up Poker Championship. The poker world wanted to see if Phil Hellmuth could continue his win streak at High Stakes Duel III or if Dwan would bring it to an end.
The Poker Brat got off to a good start but Dwan staged a great fight back and ended up winning the game to bring Hellmuth’s win streak at High Stakes Duel to an end.
Will Hellmuth Call For A Rematch?
High Stakes Duel III is now tied 1-1 and Hellmuth has the option to call for a rematch against Tom Dwan. If he does invoke the rematch clause, he will have to pay $200,000 to play the 3rd game in the series. Hellmuth did not appear very keen to call for the rematch as he visibly upset after losing and said he may not call for a rematch.
The terms and conditions state that if Hellmuth wants a rematch, he must call for it within a 72 hour period that starts from the end of second match.