Phil Hellmuth Daniel Negreanu High Stakes Duel III
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Hellmuth Asks For Cashout Window After Defeating Negreanu For Third Time

On Wednesday, PokerGo played host to the third installment of the Phil Hellmuth vs Daniel Negreanu heads-up match-up, otherwise known as High Stakes Duel III.

The pair played for $400,000 as Phil Hellmuth tried to defy the odds and win his third match in a row against Kid Poker and his sixth High Stakes Duel match overall after defeating Antonio Esfandiari three times in a row last year.

It was more Hellmuth dominance on Wednesday. During the third round, Hellmuth once again silenced his detractors, beating Negreanu for the third straight time and winning the High Stakes Duel II championship belt and $400,000 in cash.

Hellmuth and Negreanu played for six hours in another back and forth match over 266 hands.

After the match, Hellmuth said that Wednesday’s match was the best he had played Negreanu during the High Stakes Duel. “He started with an amazing card rush and got me down before I went for the crazy bluff with the eight-three of clubs. I just went nuts. I thought he couldn’t call me, and I was right. After that hand, I felt really confident.”

For Negreanu’s part, he was confident going into the match but acknowledged that public perception of his play has taken a hit. “Publically, I think it’s already tarnished no matter what happens.”

In the wake of the loss, Negreanu was understandably disappointed and frustrated with the result, saying the following after the last hand: “Oh my god, I don’t know what else I could do differently there.”

Poker community reaction

With Hellmuth continuing his dominance, many poker fans on Twitter opined about Hellmuth being the GOAT and questioned Negreanu’s boastful tone prior to their match.

Can I watch Negreanu vs Hellmuth?

If you want to watch a replay of the third installment of Negreanu vs Hellmuth, you can watch the match through PokerGo. You will need a subscription in order to tune in, which you can get by going to PokerGo.  You can sign-up for a free trial but after that, it will cost $14.99 a month or $99.99 annually.

Prior to the start of the session, Hellmuth and Negreanu sat down for a hype show preview where they discussed Wednesday night’s session, which was followed by free coverage of the first 30 minutes of the session:

PokerGO also posted some highlights of the match while it was happening:

Will there be another match?

In accordance with High Stake Duel rules, since Hellmuth won three rounds in a row, he was given the choice to stop playing and cash out his money — even if Negreanu wanted to keep playing.

If Negreanu would have been victorious, Hellmuth would have been able to request a rematch and Negreanu would have had to accept.

After the match was over, Hellmuth wasted no time in declaring his intentions — clinching the win while he was ahead. “Where’s the window, baby? I know Mori is not happy to hear that, but I would like to go to the cashout window.”

Hellmuth’s decision to cash out marks the end of the High Stakes Duel match between Hellmuth and Negreanu. But it certainly won’t be the last time we see Hellmuth on the show.

As defending champion, Phil Hellmuth will get another opponent for High Stakes Duel III. That opponent has yet to be revealed, but it’s a good bet that somebody out there is ready to put their money where their mouth is. Hopefully in the next opponent’s case, that they have better luck than Negreanu.

For now, Hellmuth will turn his attention to the PokerGo Cup, which is set to begin on July 6th.

Be sure to stay tuned to BestBetUSA for details on the next match when it is announced.

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