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The long-awaited resumption of High Stakes Duel III between Phil Hellmuth and Tom Dwan has been canceled at the last minute, with Dwan apparently facing a “calendar conflict”. Poker Brat is now facing an unannounced replacement at PokerGO Studios next week …
A new challenger appears!
Who do you think will enter the ring to face @phil_hellmuth in this $ 800,000 face-to-face match?
Due to the retirement of Tom Dwan, High Stakes Duel will now take place on May 17 at PokerGO Studio in Las Vegas.https: //t.co/wReGcIz19J pic.twitter.com/g5TxB8Iqz1
– PokerGO (@PokerGO) May 10, 2022
The news of Dwan’s retirement was a blow to poker fans who were eagerly awaiting the $ 800,000 live poker battle, scoring one for each after Hellmuth avenged the defeat of his first game against his longtime rival.
According to the PokerGO Tour website announcement, “The $ 800,000 scheduled match between Phil Hellmuth and Tom Dwan has been canceled following Dwan’s withdrawal due to a schedule conflict.”
There has been no information on whether this conflict is personal or poker for Dwan, although poker Twitter was quick to share his thoughts …
“Yes. @TomDwan has the knife and fork, but he doesn’t have a steak. Last week he was thinking that maybe Dwan and Hellmuth cut a private deal to lower the loser because he didn’t think Tom had the funds to risk 400,000 in that game. “Crypto and markets are down. Tom doesn’t have the money.”
Dwan is so far the only player to have defeated Hellmuth in the format, having moved on to round 2 of HSD III after sports TV host Nick Wright decided that losing $ 50,000 was enough.
Hellmuth had already whitewashed both Antonio Esfandiari and Daniel Negreanu 3-0, grabbing $ 350,000 from each of them in SNG matches.
When Dwan knocked down Poker Brat, he grabbed $ 100,000 from his former nemesis, breaking Phil’s aces to win the game, just as he did in 2008 to end Hellmuth’s career in the NBC Heads-Up Poker Championship. .
His resumption saw bets rise to $ 200,000 each, and it wasn’t long before Hellmuth was dropping f bombs for the PokerGO studio at the Aria casino.
Oh oh! F bombs are flying while @Phil_Hellmuth heats up after losing a pot against @TomDwan.
The action is live on PokerGO, tune in now. pic.twitter.com/vz00I01Riu
– PokerGO (@PokerGO) January 27, 2022
Phil recovered, however, and removed the $ 400,000 sequel and pot, describing Dwan as “one of the greatest players in the world.”
He also stated, “I know you’re coming back. This time for $ 800,000,” but those plans have now been broken, and the big question now is who will replace Tom Dwan as a challenger?
According to PokerGO, we will know on Monday, May 16, when “Hellmuth will return to PokerGO Studio in Las Vegas, Nevada, where her new opponent will be revealed at 7:30 pm ET (4:30 pm PT) at The Weighing.”
They add: “Once this opponent is revealed, Hellmuth will face her new opponent in the $ 800,000 match, the first time High Stakes Duel will be played in these bets on Tuesday, May 17, starting at 8 p.m. pm ET (5 pm PT). ”
PGT news raises the possibility that Eric Persson will face Hellmuth, the duo that recently faced off at the PGT Heads-Up Showdown. Persson defeated Hellmuth in a moody match that saw Poker Brat face off against his own verbal medicine for once.
Another possibility is one of the YouTube or Twitch content creators that Phil faced last week at the Hustler Casino live show. Phil, accused of making angles and being a bad sport, would like to face chess streamer Alexandra Botez, one of the biggest winners of HCL live broadcasts.
Whoever Phil is up against in HighStakesDuel III, Round 3, we’ll give you all the best training and action right here!