Phil Hellmuth Defeats Scott Seiver to Win Excessive Stakes Duel III Rd 4 for $800K

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On Tuesday night time, Phil Hellmuth prolonged his Excessive Stakes Duel document to 9-1 after defeating Scott Seiver in Spherical 4 of Excessive Stakes Duel III. Every participant put up $400,000, which means Hellmuth claimed an $800,000 prize.

Seiver can now match that if he needs a rematch in Spherical 5, and if he doesn’t need to, the door can be open for a brand new competitor as Hellmuth can’t money out till profitable yet one more match (except nobody steps as much as the problem).

Seiver made his technique to PokerGO Studio at ARIA Resort & On line casino after Tom Dwan, who defeated Hellmuth in Spherical 2 solely to lose Spherical 3, backed out late final week.

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After Nick Schulman hosted “The Weigh-In,” Hellmuth and Seiver took their seats and commenced play with 400,000 apiece. The 2 jostled back-and-forth taking turns holding the chip lead earlier than Hellmuth upped the aggression.

He three-bet for primarily the third time in a row holding the {9-Clubs}{5-Hearts} and Seiver known as with the {a-Clubs}{5-Clubs}. Each gamers checked the {k-Diamonds}{7-Clubs}{7-Diamonds} flop after which Hellmuth guess 48,000 on the {8-Hearts} flip. Seiver known as, the {3-Diamonds} appeared on the river, and Hellmuth guess 120,000. Seiver appeared suspicious and gave it some thought however finally conceded the 290,000 pot, which gave Hellmuth the chip lead.

Not lengthy after, Seiver raised to 11,000 with the {k-Diamonds}{9-Clubs} after which known as when Hellmuth as soon as once more three-bet, this time to 38,000. Each gamers checked the {3-Spades}{2-Spades}{q-Spades} flop in addition to the {2-Clubs} flip. When the {q-Hearts} doubled paired the board on the river, Hellmuth guess 23,000 together with his ace-high and Seiver debated lengthy and laborious earlier than paying off with king-high. With that, Hellmuth gained a 120,000 pot and pulled out to a greater than 2:1 chip lead.

“I believe that rattled Seiver. I don’t assume he thought Hellmuth was able to value-betting ace-high on that board,” commentator Brent Hanks supplied.

Hellmuth and Seiver battle.
Hellmuth and Seiver battle.

Via 200 fingers, Hellmuth held 600K to Seiver’s 200K, however the latter gained just a few pots earlier than being on the higher finish of a queen-versus-jacks cooler. The 2 acquired all of it in preflop and a clear runout noticed Seiver double to 476,000 whereas Hellmuth dropped to 324,000.

Hellmuth appeared a bit tilted and three-bet with the {10-Diamonds}{9-Spades}, which prompted Seiver to name together with his {a-Spades}{10-Clubs}. Hellmuth continued for 44,000 on a {4-Spades}{a-Hearts}{9-Clubs} flop, which paired each gamers, and Seiver known as to see the {3-Diamonds} flip. Motion went check-check and the {q-Spades}accomplished the board on the river. Hellmuth guess 22,000 and Seiver simply known as and gained a 216,000 pot, which primarily gave him a 3:1 lead.

To not be deterred, Hellmuth battled again and reclaimed the chip lead, which marked the twenty first lead change within the match. Hellmuth whittled Seiver down to simply 10 large blinds earlier than the latter shipped a much-needed double,

In Degree 12 (8,000/16,000), the match formally turned the longest in Excessive Stakes Duel historical past surpassing the Hand No. 327 mark from Spherical 1 of Excessive Stakes Duel II between Hellmuth and Daniel Negreanu.

Scott Seiver
Scott Seiver

On a flop of {2-Spades}{10-Clubs}{3-Spades}, Seiver guess 16,000 after flopping prime pair together with his {10-Diamonds}{6-Hearts} solely to have Hellmuth, who had smashed the flop together with his {3-Spades}{2-Hearts}, elevate to 60,000. Seiver moved all in for 226,000 and Hellmuth rapidly known as. The {q-Spades} flip gave Seiver additional outs however the {5-Spades} river was not one in every of them.

Hellmuth clapped his fingers, hugged it out with Seiver, and instructed him, “I had extra enjoyable enjoying with you than anybody else … I simply get pleasure from the best way you deal with your self.”

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“I Loved Taking part in In opposition to Him”

Hellmuth added: “Scott completely didn’t give it to me. He was simply robust, and that’s what I used to be anticipating. He’s one of many biggest gamers on the earth and likewise probably the greatest of his technology. He’s gained a fortune enjoying at Bellagio, and he’s only a nice big-bet participant. I knew it was going to be a troublesome match, and I loved it. I loved enjoying in opposition to him. I nonetheless would have been indignant, after all, if I misplaced, however he has a lot class and handles himself so effectively, and that’s good. A number of the guys have been imply to me, some have lied to me, and a few have been brutal to me. Positive, I get my digs in too, however Scott dealt with himself effectively. I didn’t pull an excessive amount of ‘Poker Brat’ out on him, and he is aware of methods to deal with it.”

Hellmuth superior to Spherical 5 whereas Seiver was left with 30 days to determine whether or not or not he would problem a rematch on the $800,000 buy-in stage. Previous to the match, he did say, “I anticipate to rematch if (I lose).” Time will inform if he opts to take one other shot.

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