The Phil Hellmuth and Daniel Negreanu High Stakes Duel turned out to be quite the battle on Wednesday night with the results swinging wildly throughout the match, before Phil Hellmuth sealed the victory late on Wednesday.
In the early goings of the heads-up match, Negreanu was up by what seemed to be an insurmountable margin of 95k to 5k at one point and seemed loose, jabbing at Hellmuth. But Hellmuth clawed back from the huge deficit, ultimately winning at about 11:30 PM Las Vegas time.
All in all the match took approximately 6 hours. The match finished with Negreanu moving all in with 7h6h against Hellmuth’s 99. The flop gave Negreanu a straight flush draw but it wasn’t to be as Hellmuth won the hand and the Round 1 of the High Stakes Duel.
The victory was Hellmuth’s fourth in a row after beating Antonio Esfandari three times before this win tonight.
Where can you watch?
Didn’t get a chance to watch the action unfold? You can watch a brief replay, which included a Weigh In with Nick Schulman before the match. After that took place, Negreanu and Hellmuth immediately began their match. The first 30 minutes of the match, which was streamed for free on PokerGo can be seen below:
In order to watch the entire match, you will need a PokerGo subscription.
Before the match, Hellmuth and Negreanu once again debated back and forth of the merits of Hellmuth’s skill in today’s game.
Negreanu, in speaking to him about the “best player debate: “I am glad to hear you change your tune a little bit. Because I heard you in interviews recently say “I am the greatest poker player in the world today. So now you are saying possibly but not for sure, which is good.”
Followed that up with his thoughts on his performance in the WSOP and in the high roller curcuit. “I have always said that your record in the World Series of Poker is unmatched. You are clearly track record wise at the World Series of Poker the best ever… Now there is a whole new major league of tournaments — $25k and above — that you have never, not once, had a top three finish in.”
Joey Ingram watches for the first half
Joey Ingram also held a watch party for over 3 and a half hours with Landon Tice — who will be playing in his own heads-up match against Bill Perkins later this spring. The pair continued their coverage until the stream had to be stopped due to technical difficulties.
Watch that coverage below:
With Hellmuth’s victory, he wins the $100,000 Winner Take All prize (each player bought in for $50,000). Now Negreanu must decide if he wants a rematch against Phil Hellmuth, which he strongly suggested he would do if he happened to lose.
Should Negreanu follow-through, which he is expected to do, the stakes would double in the next match with both players putting up $100,000.
There will be more details of when the rematch will be held hopefully over the coming days. Daniel Negreanu has also teased that he would be announcing his next heads-up match early Thursday.