Phil Hellmuth, 16-time WSOP bracelet winner, defeated Scott Seiver in Round 4 of High Stakes Duel III at Aria Resort and Casino Las Vegas. Hellmuth’s new High stakes duel record is now 9-1. He has managed to defeat Antonio Esfandiari, Daniel Negreanu, Nick Wright, Tom Dwan, and now Scott Seiver.
Both players put up $400,000, which totaled a prize of $800,000.
Seiver is a three-time World Series of Poker (WSOP) bracelet, winner. He now has the option for a rematch, and if he refuses to do so, Hellmuth will face a new competitor. Hellmuth has to win one more match to cash out the prize. In Round 5, Hellmuth and his opponent will play for $1.6 million.
What Happened in The Match?
A few hands into the match, Hellmuth started playing aggressively. Hellmuth went for a three-bet with 9 (clubs) – 5 (hearts), and Seiver called with an A (clubs)-5 (clubs)-. The flop had a K (diamonds) – 7 (clubs) -7 (diamonds), but both competitors checked. Hellmuth successfully gained chip lead when Seiver acknowledged 290,000 pot. After some time, Seiver decided to raise to 11,000 for his K (diamonds) – 9(clubs) and then went for a call. Hellmuth came with a three-bet to 38,000. Both players passed the 3(spades)-2(spades)-Q(spades) flop, and 2 (clubs). Hellmuth took a 2:1 chip lead after winning a 120,000 pot.
After 200 hands, the chip count for Hellmuth was 600K, and Seiver had 200K chips. Seiver managed to win some pots with his smart play and raised his chip count to 476,000. At this point, Hellmuth’s chip count was reduced to 324,000. Hellmuth struggled a bit but claimed back the chip lead by winning a 216,000 pot that provided a 3:1 lead. This was the 21st chip lead shift of the match.
It was the Level 12 (8,000/16,000) of the match, which became the longest match in High Stakes duel history. The previous record was the Hand number 327 from the first round of High Stakes Duel II when Hellmuth faced Daniel Negreanu.
The match concluded when Seiver decided to put all in for 226,000, to which Hellmuth replied with a call. The turn showed Q (Spades), but the 5(spades) river decided the fate of Seiver.
Hellmuth appreciated the opponent’s game and said he was tough and did not just let him win. Hellmuth regarded Seiver as one of the best poker players and the top player of his generation. The winner enjoyed playing against the opponent and was expecting a tough match. The champion would have been mad at himself if he had lost, but Seiver handles himself perfectly, which is really nice.
Seiver has huge respect for Hellmuth and considers him the most accomplished and most famous poker player. He always wanted to prove himself against the best, and this match was something he was looking for. Seiver enjoyed playing against the great player and gave him a tough time.
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