Phil Hellmuth Defeats Scott Seiver to Win Higher Stakes Duel III Rd 4 for $800K
On Tuesday evening, Phil Hellmuth extended his Higher Stakes Duel record to 9-1 right after defeating Scott Seiver in Round 4 of Higher Stakes Duel III. Each player put up $400,000, which means Hellmuth claimed an $800,000 prize.
Seiver can now match that if he desires a rematch in Round five, and if he doesn’t want to, the door will be open for a new competitor as Hellmuth cannot cash out until winning one particular a lot more match (unless no one steps up to the challenge).
Seiver produced his way to PokerGO Studio at ARIA Resort & Casino following Tom Dwan, who defeated Hellmuth in Round two only to shed Round 3, backed out late final week.
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Let’s Get It On!
After Nick Schulman hosted “The Weigh-In,” Hellmuth and Seiver took their seats and started play with 400,000 apiece. The two jostled back-and-forth taking turns holding the chip lead just before Hellmuth upped the aggression.
He three-bet for essentially the third time in a row holding the and Seiver referred to as with the . Each players checked the flop and then Hellmuth bet 48,000 on the turn. Seiver referred to as, the appeared on the river, and Hellmuth bet 120,000. Seiver seemed suspicious and gave it some believed but at some point conceded the 290,000 pot, which gave Hellmuth the chip lead.
Not long following, Seiver raised to 11,000 with the and then called when Hellmuth once again 3-bet, this time to 38,000. Both players checked the flop as properly as the turn. When the doubled paired the board on the river, Hellmuth bet 23,000 with his ace-high and Seiver debated long and difficult ahead of paying off with king-higher. With that, Hellmuth won a 120,000 pot and pulled out to a much more than two:1 chip lead.
“I consider that rattled Seiver. I don’t think he believed Hellmuth was capable of value-betting ace-higher on that board,” commentator Brent Hanks supplied.
By means of 200 hands, Hellmuth held 600K to Seiver’s 200K, but the latter won a few pots before becoming on the better end of a queen-versus-jacks cooler. The two got it all in preflop and a clean runout saw Seiver double to 476,000 while Hellmuth dropped to 324,000.
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Hellmuth seemed a bit tilted and 3-bet with the , which prompted Seiver to call with his . Hellmuth continued for 44,000 on a flop, which paired each players, and Seiver known as to see the turn. Action went check-verify and the completed the board on the river. Hellmuth bet 22,000 and Seiver just referred to as and won a 216,000 pot, which primarily gave him a three:1 lead.
Not to be deterred, Hellmuth battled back and reclaimed the chip lead, which marked the 21st lead alter in the match. Hellmuth whittled Seiver down to just ten large blinds before the latter shipped a much-necessary double,
In Level 12 (eight,000/16,000), the match officially became the longest in High Stakes Duel history surpassing the Hand No. 327 mark from Round 1 of Higher Stakes Duel II between Hellmuth and Daniel Negreanu.
On a flop of , Seiver bet 16,000 following flopping leading pair with his only to have Hellmuth, who had smashed the flop with his , raise to 60,000. Seiver moved all in for 226,000 and Hellmuth speedily referred to as. The turn gave Seiver added outs but the river was not one of them.
Hellmuth clapped his hands, hugged it out with Seiver, and told him, “I had a lot more enjoyable playing with you than any person else … I just get pleasure from the way you handle oneself.”
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“I Enjoyed Playing Against Him”
Hellmuth added: “Scott definitely did not give it to me. He was just challenging, and that’s what I was expecting. He’s 1 of the greatest players in the planet and also one of the very best of his generation. He’s won a fortune playing at Bellagio, and he’s just a fantastic massive-bet player. I knew it was going to be a challenging match, and I enjoyed it. I enjoyed playing against him. I nevertheless would have been angry, of course, if I lost, but he has so much class and handles himself so effectively, and that’s good. Some of the guys have been mean to me, some have lied to me, and some have been brutal to me. Positive, I get my digs in as well, but Scott handled himself effectively. I didn’t pull as well considerably ‘Poker Brat’ out on him, and he knows how to handle it.”
Hellmuth advanced to Round 5 even though Seiver was left with 30 days to make a decision whether or not or not he would problem a rematch at the $800,000 get-in level. Prior to the match, he did say, “I anticipate to rematch if (I lose).” Time will inform if he opts to take an additional shot.
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