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Phil Hellmuth and Jason Koon, two poker veterans, will compete in a $1.6 million heads-up encounter

Phil Hellmuth and Jason Koon will compete in High Stakes Duel 3 Round 5 at the PokerGO Studio in Las Vegas on Wednesday, December 7, 2022. The match is for $1,600,000. Poker lovers from all around the globe will be able to watch the action live on PokerGO.

Hellmuth is the man to beat in High Stakes Duel, with a 9-1 record and two High Stakes Duel championship belts to his name. If he wins this match against Koon, he will be able to walk away with the prize money and collect his third High Stakes Duel championship. If Koon defeats Hellmuth, the tournament will go to Round 6, where a $3,200,000 match will be played, and Hellmuth will have the first right to a rematch versus Koon.

What is a High Stakes Duel?
High Stakes Duel is a PokerGO original series in which two participants compete in a heads-up style. The initial buy-in for High Stakes Duel is $50,000, and the stakes increase with each successive round.

Under the current High Stakes Duel regulations, a player may win the High Stakes Duel championship belt by doing one of two things. First, if a player wins three straight matches prior to Round 4, they will be crowned winner. Second, if a player wins two consecutive matches beginning with Round 4, they will be declared the winner.

Each round is played in the PokerGO Studio in Las Vegas on a specially created heads-up poker table. Each round is its own heads-up poker tournament, with growing blinds depending on the event structure and an action timer.

The first-ever High Stakes Duel match will take place on July 30, 2020, between Hellmuth and Antonio Esfandiari.

Hellmuth’s incredible High Stakes Duel record
Hellmuth has participated in all ten High Stakes Duel matches to date. In those ten bouts, he’s gone 9-1, and he’s already won two High Stakes Duel championships. Hellmuth has won against Antonio Esfandiari, Daniel Negreanu, Nick Wright, Tom Dwan, and Scott Seiver.

In High Stakes Duel 1, Hellmuth met Antonio Esfandiari and beat “The Magician” in three rounds to earn his first High Stakes Duel championship belt and $200,000 profit. Keep in mind that Hellmuth made $200,000 with just $50,000 of his own money.

Daniel Negreanu followed Esfandiari. Hellmuth grounded “Kid Poker” in three consecutive rounds of High Stakes Duel 2, much like he did Esfandiari. This earned Hellmuth his second High Stakes Duel belt and another $200,000 in earnings.

Nick Wright, sports media celebrity and anchor of Fox Sports 1’s First Things First, came up first in High Stakes Duel 3, and Hellmuth dispatched Wright like a freezing cold take. Next, poker pro Tom Dwan entered the arena and became the first player to beat Hellmuth in a High Stakes Duel round. Hellmuth returned to rematch Dwan and won. Despite being slated to rematch Hellmuth, Dwan withdrew out due to a scheduling problem, and in came Scott Seiver.

Hellmuth beat Seiver in Round 4 of High Stakes Duel 3. This was Hellmuth’s second straight victory, and it put him in position to win Round 5 and collect another High Stakes Duel belt. Despite initially agreeing to rematch Hellmuth in what would become the biggest High Stakes Duel match ever, Seiver pulled out. Jason Koon then threw his hat into the ring, bringing the competition to where it is now.

How do Hellmuth and Koon fare?
Hellmuth and Seiver were supposed to face off again in High Stakes Duel 3 Round 5. Seiver eventually dropped out of the action, leaving Hellmuth with no opponent for the $1,600,000 showdown. The spot opposite Hellmuth was quickly taken by high-stakes poker player Jason Koon, who will be participating in his first-ever High Stakes Duel match at the $1,600,000 level.

Although Koon has not have as many WSOP gold bracelets as Hellmuth – the odds are 16-1 in Hellmuth’s advantage, with Koon winning his first WSOP gold bracelet in 2021 – Koon has won more than $40,000,000 in live poker events to Hellmuth’s more than $28,000,000. Among Koon’s live tournament results are nine cashes for $1,000,000 or more. In 2018, he won a Triton Poker Super High Roller Series Montenegro tournament for more than $3,500,000. Hellmuth has only cashed for $1,000,000 or more four times in his poker career. Hellmuth won more over $2,600,000 in the 2012 WSOP Big One for One Drop.

Koon has a winning rate of 52.78% in open-field poker events monitored by Hellmuth has a winning percentage of 58.02% after going 47-34. Keep in mind that these figures do not include Hellmuth’s nine victories and one defeat on High Stakes Duel, since High Stakes Duel is not an open-field poker event.

Koon won the star-studded $25,000 Heads-Up Championship at the 2021 World Series of Poker after beating out a difficult field of challengers. Koon also won the $10,000 Heads-Up Championship at the 2014 WSOP and finished second in the $3,000 NL Hold’em/Pot-Limit Omaha Heads-Up event at the 2012 WSOP.

Hellmuth won the 2005 NBC National Heads-Up Poker Championship and has had success in the tournament in previous years. In 2009, he finished sixth. Hellmuth was runner-up in 2013. Hellmuth finished eighth in the $10,000 Heads-Up Championship at the World Series of Poker in 2013.

How to Watch High Stakes Duel: Hellmuth vs. Koon
High Stakes Duel 3 Round 5 will be broadcast live on PokerGO on Wednesday, December 7, 2022, at 8 p.m. ET (5 p.m. PT). The match will be aired live on PokerGO from the PokerGO Studio in Las Vegas.

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