On Tuesday night, Phil Hellmuth extended his High Stakes Duel record to 9-1 after defeating Scott Seiver in Round 4 of High Stakes Duel III. Each player put up $400,000, meaning Hellmuth claimed an $800,000 prize.
Seiver can now match that if he wants a rematch in Round 5, and if he doesn’t want to, the door will be open for a new competitor as Hellmuth cannot cash out until winning one more match (unless no one steps up to the challenge).
Seiver made his way to PokerGO Studio at ARIA Resort & Casino after Tom Dwan, who defeated Hellmuth in Round 2 only to lose Round 3, backed out late last week.
In Level 12 (8,000/16,000), the match officially became the longest in High Stakes Duel history surpassing the Hand No. 327 mark from Round 1 of High Stakes Duel II between Hellmuth and Daniel Negreanu.
Hellmuth clapped his hands, hugged it out with Seiver, and told him, “I had more fun playing with you than anyone else … I just enjoy the way you handle yourself.”
Hellmuth advanced to Round 5 while Seiver was left with 30 days to decide whether or not he would issue a rematch at the $800,000 buy-in level. Prior to the match, he did say, “I expect to rematch if (I lose).” Time will tell if he opts to take another shot.