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Gossip Column: Phil Hellmuth vs. Daniel Negreanu High Stakes Duel II Starts March 31

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  • Namita Ghosh March 30, 2021
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The poker community is eagerly awaiting the start of what promises to be the most epic heads-up showdown between two of poker’s most iconic players, Daniel Negreanu and Phil Hellmuth. And the good news is the match starts tomorrow, i.e., March 31.

PokerCentral has released the schedule for Round 1 of the High Stakes Duel II between the duo. Earlier slated for March 17, the $100K heads-up match will take off at the PokerGO Studio in Las Vegas at 8 PM (ET) on Wednesday, March 31. The match will be streamed exclusively on PokerGo.

Before the match, both players will come together for a short conversation with Nick Schulman at “The Weigh-In” on PokerGO.

Hellmuth flew into Las Vegas over the weekend, and as anticipation for the heads-up challenge starts picking up steam, the sparks have already begun flying.

Going by Daniel Negreanu’s tweets, the GGPoker Ambassador seems to be riding high on confidence and claims he will know down Hellmuth in the first five rounds of their heads-up match.

To bring you a quick backdrop of this challenge, it all started when Negreanu lost his Grudge Match against Doug Polk. Hellmuth went on record, stating he wasn’t impressed with Negreanu’s heads-up skills in his match against Polk. An irked Negreanu invited Hellmuth to a similar match, and the poker brat agreed. He also lashed out at Hellmuth on the PokerGo show claiming Hellmuth didn’t respect promising poker players. Negreanu also questioned Hellmuth’s skills, saying he was nowhere close to being the best poker pro in the world. In fact, Negreanu has a $400K bet at 2:1 odds against Hellmuth that the latter won’t be able to turn a profit playing 50 $25K buy-in high roller tourneys at the Aria.

We had expected Hellmuth to blow his top given Negreanu’s remarks. Instead, he has been surprisingly civil in his replies. He has maintained that he intends to win 24 WSOP bracelets and three WPT tourneys, adding that he genuinely believes Negreanu to be one of the “Great Ones” in the poker world.

Cut to today, both Hellmuth and Negreanu seem to be upbeat about the upcoming match. Hellmuth tweeted that he will be using the drink Breinfuel while playing the High-Stakes Duel to keep himself energized. On March 26, he tweeted that he was on a flight to Las Vegas.

Meanwhile, PokerGo ran a Twitter poll asking responses on how many hands the poker community thinks this upcoming Duel would last. Negreanu replied that he was confident of a landslide victory and that he’ll knock Hellmith out in the fifth round.

Negreanu might have polished his heads-up skills during his heads-up match against Doug Polk, but Hellmuth is no rookie in the format either. The poker brat had won the High Stakes Duel I against Antonio Esfandiari for $400K after taking down three straight sessions.

All said and done, this will be one exciting contest between two of the biggest names in the game.


Cover Image courtesy: Poker Central

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