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Did Phil Hellmuth Invent Poker GTO?

The “High Stakes Duel 2” between Phil Hellmuth and Daniel Negreanu has been confirmed!

And oh, by the way… Daniel says the Poker Brat is claiming to have invented poker GTO!

As two of the most high profile poker players in the world prepare to do battle at the PokerGO Studio, Negreanu joined No Gamble, No Future hosts Jeff Platt and Brent Hanks this week — to share remarks on Hellmuth’s recent criticism of Daniel’s play during the High Stakes Feud versus Doug Polk.

According to the GGPoker sponsored pro, Hellmuth’s jabs at Negreanu’s grudge match performance are no more than a “word salad of nonsense,” carelessly tossed from the “orifice” of the same individual who claims to have invented poker GTO!


{Phil Hellmuth} is the most extreme exploitative player I’ve ever seen, and it works because people make big mistakes against him. Okay? That I won’t be making necessarily. And I remember when I first said… we were filming the final table of the World Series of Poker. We’re sitting there on the couches in the back room, and I mentioned Game Theory Optimal. And I said, ‘Phil, you’re an exploitative player.’ He’s like, ‘No, I’m not. I’m GTO.’ And then he literally said… ‘I invented GTO.’ He said, ‘I invented it.’ Not the internet. He didn’t invent the internet, but he invented Game Theory Optimal play.” -Daniel Negreanu {3:51-4:33}

Hellmuth vs. Negreanu ‘High Stakes Duel 2’ Tentatively Confirmed

Poker commentator Brent Hanks confirmed the Hellmuth vs. Negreanu match near the 5-minute mark of Thursday’s segment.

Here comes High Stakes Duel 2,” promised Hanks before adding that the date of the match has yet to be determined.

Hellmuth vs. Negreanu to Incorporate ‘Live’ Gameplay and Fewer Hands

Negreanu seemingly dampened expectations that the 15-time WSOP bracelet winner and poker author would agree to a 25,000 hand matchup similar to the High Stakes Feud.

However, it remains unknown how many of the total agreed-upon hands will be played ‘live’ versus online — or on which site — but the news will be hitting poker media circles “very soon,” according to Hanks.

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