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After going on a seven-match heater, the 15-time WSOP bracelet winner, Phil Hellmuth, finally met his match in poker icon Tom ‘Durrrr’ Dwan! The Poker Brat lost to Dwan in Round 2 of the High Stakes Duel III on August 25 at the PokerGO Studio at the ARIA Resort & Casino.
On September 5, Hellmuth tweeted that he had officially challenged Dwan to a re-match for $200,000 (total $400,000).
I texted my boy @TomDwan to let him know that I am officially challenging him to a match for $200,000 ($400,000 total) in “High Stakes Duel,” only on @PokerGo App. Tom is a great great poker player, and he beat me last match. I’m sure next round will be a battle! #POSITIVITY pic.twitter.com/ITo0xV6NFP
— phil_hellmuth (@phil_hellmuth) September 4, 2021
The gauntlet throw-down comes about a week and a half after Dwan dispatched Hellmuth in Round 2 of PokerGO’s High Stakes Duel III, winning $100,000. The two men would risk $200,000 each in Round 3.
Round 1 of the High Stakes Duel III had been played between Hellmuth and Fox Sports broadcaster Nick Wright on July 28. Having already defeated the likes of Antonio Esfandiari and Daniel Negreanu in three straight rounds in the previous High Stakes Duels, Wright was an easy kill for Hellmuth. Despite having 72 hours of confirm whether or not he would challenge Hellmuth to Round 2, Wright, on July 31, announced that he was throwing in the towel.
On August 4, PokerGo made the official announcement stating that Dwan would be Hellmuth’s next opponent. Round 2 between Hellmuth and Dwan took place on August 25. After five-and-a-half hours of play, Dwan put an end to Hellmuth’s winnings streak.
Interestingly, Hellmuth took longer than 72 hours to confirm his decision to continue with Round 3. Nevertheless, on September 5, he officially issued the challenge to Dwan and announced his decision on Twitter.
The poker Twitterati had a lot to say about the announcement.
Haha Ok – Booked
— Rob Yong (@rob_yong_) September 5, 2021
Tom Dwan is the Mark Zuckerberg of Erik Seidels
— Brian Brashaw (@bbrashaw) September 5, 2021
Usually I am clear with favourites and underdog in the match but this time its really tough. Could be anyones match. Both are great players. Excited!!
— Siddy (@Siddygggg) September 5, 2021
While the date for Round 3 has not been announced yet, it is safe to speculate that it will probably take place sometime this month, possibly before the start of the 2021 World Series of Poker (WSOP).