Phil Hellmuth made a big bluff to take the chip lead, then outdrew Negreanu in the final hand to win the second round of their ‘High Stakes Duel’. The $100,000 buy-in heads-up No-limit Hold’em match was broadcast Wednesday by PokerGO located by the Aria.
Negraneau has questioned Hellmuth’s poker ability despite being the all-time leader in World Series of Poker bracelets with 15, but Hellmuth was not crowing to much after two straight victories.
it just blows my mind, but I never quite get that respect. And that’s OK with me. I just want to keep winning.-Hellmuth told PokerGO.
Negreanu will exercise his right hand to a third match with a buy-in of $200,000. If Hellmuth wins that, he can cash out his winnings. Hellmuth has now won five straight “High Stakes Duel” matches after previously sweeping three showdowns with Antonio Esfandiari.
Negreanu had dominated the start of their first match on March 31 before Hellmuth rallied from a 19-1 chip deficit to win. The second match was close throughout and featured 16 lead changes, but Negreanu held the chip lead for most of the time.
After nearly 5 hours of play, the end came soon.
I just bombed it, bombed it, bombed it, and bluffed with ten-high on the river all-in, and thank God he folded– Phil Hellmuth
Four hands later, Negreanu raised with a pair of eights, Hellmuth went all-in with ace four, and Negreanu called. His eights held the lead until the river, when a fourth heart hit to give Hellmuth a winning flush with his ace.
The details on the third match will be announced later.
Hellmuth, 56, has more than $24 million in career tournament earnings, according to the Hendon Mob Poker Database. Negreanu, 46, is a six-time WSOP bracelet winner with $42 million in tournament earnings.