Phil Hellmuth continues his roll on the High Stakes Duel. After beating Antonio Esfandiari three times last year, Hellmuth has defeated Daniel Negreanu for a second time after winning Round 2 of their High Stakes Duel match on Wednesday.
Like their Round 1 match where Daniel Negreanu held a 19:1 chip lead, Negreanu held a sizable lead — a 3:1 chip advantage — against Hellmuth during portions of the match. But Hellmuth once again didn’t waver, staging another comeback to ultimately beat Negreanu and take home the $200,000 first-place prize.
The pair played 234 hands over the night with the lead changing 16 times during the match. After the final hand was dealt, Negreanu gave his props to Hellmuth for another well-fought match.
“I can’t beat the man. Buddy, you played well. I thought you played well.”
Phil Hellmuth, who has criticized Negreanu for comments showing a lack of respect towards him, said that Negreanu’s behavior during the match was fairer than it was during Round 1.
“I’ve given Daniel credit the whole way from start to finish and I haven’t said one negative word about him. He was pretty condescending in the first match. I felt it was super condescending, and this match he handled himself much better.”
Hellmuth, who is continually frustrated with the amount of respect he gets from many of today’s top players, used the post-game interview as another chance for a Rodney Dangerfield moment:
“They have me rated as a fucking underdog every match. It just blows my mind, but I just never quite get that respect, and that’s ok with me. I just want to keep winning.”
With his second-straight loss, Negreanu was quick to suggest he will be back for Round 3, where each player would buy in for $200,000. “So we will see you in Round 3,” said Negreanu shortly after the conclusion of the match.
There has been no date set for the match, but estimations are Round 3 would take place sometime in June.
Should Hellmuth win a third consecutive match, he would have the option of cashing out $700,000 in winnings. Should Negreanu win the match, they would be back to even, but the stakes would double once again, but Hellmuth would have the option to drop out.
Watch Round 2 of Hellmuth vs Negreanu
To watch a replay of the match, you will need a PokerGo subscription. PokerGo also once again gave poker fans a sneak preview of Round 2, which included “Weigh-In” interviews as well as a free stream of the first 30 minutes of the match.
During the Weigh-in, Nick Schulman asked Negreanu about how the matches could affect their legacies, competitive histories, Phil Hellmuth’s ego and the strategy in the match: