Tom Dwan backed out of Spherical 4 of High Stakes Duel III, leaving the seat originate within the $800,000 match for a brand contemporary challenger to face Phil Hellmuth. That person, as PokerGO published on Friday, shall be excessive-stakes yarn Scott Seiver, who makes a speciality of money game poker but also has a mettlesome tournament resume.
The game will occur at 5 p.m. PT on Tuesday and can air exclusively on PokerGO. Dwan used to be usual slated to compete in what would were the rubber match of a 3-game collection. As a alternative, “durrrr” had a scheduling conflict and could perhaps well not assassinate it to Las Vegas in time for Spherical 4, at the starting keep scheduled for Could perchance 12. Nonetheless, it appears, he wasn’t too overjoyed to search out out he used to be bumped from the game.
The scheduling conflict is the Triton High Curler Sequence Madrid, taking suppose Could perchance 13-25. Dwan promotes the Triton trace and could perhaps well not assassinate it to the USA all the plot in which via the gathering.
Toughest Opponent to Date?
Seiver shall be to blame for contributing $400,000 to the pot, doubling it to $800,000. The hot collection of High Stakes Duel games started with Hellmuth defeating Cut Wright, a sports actions discuss indicate personality, within the first spherical, a $50,000 buy in.
The “Poker Brat” then misplaced for the first time in seven matches in opposition to Dwan in Spherical 2 after Wright declined a rematch. Dwan paid $100,000 to enter, building the pot to $200,000. Hellmuth, attributable to shedding the first match in opposition to “durrrr” used to be on the hook to make contributions $200,000 to double the pot for Spherical 3, a contest he obtained.
The shedding player agreed to a second rematch, but inevitably backed out at the last minute. Seiver will as a exchange resolve a crack at stopping the 16-time WSOP bracelet winner, who has been highly succesful within the heads-up take a seat n’ rush structure, not easiest on High Stakes Duel, but also within the older NBC Nationwide Heads-Up Poker Championship lend a hand within the day the keep he obtained the 64-player tournament in 2005 and done runner-up to Mike Matusow in 2013.
Seiver, alternatively, isn’t any pushover and has a protracted time of trip playing at these stakes. The $400,000 buy in is doubtlessly not to trigger critical stress for a player who frequently competes within the greatest games in Las Vegas interior Legends Room (previously Bobby’s Room) at Bellagio, and within the route of the realm.
As a tournament player, he has over $24 million in live cashes in step with Hendon Mob. That involves three World Sequence of Poker bracelets and 58 cashes in bracelet events.
In 2015, he done runner-up to Brian Rast within the $500,000 buy-in inaugural Dapper High Curler Bowl for $5,160,000.
What’s at Stake?
Beyond the six-figure pot fervent, there are reputations and more on the street for both players, starting with Hellmuth who’s 7-1 all-time on High Stakes Duel. No topic his spectacular document on the indicate, his first six came in opposition to Daniel Negreanu and Antonio Esfandiari, two immense mavens but players that aren’t acknowledged for heads-up prowess.
Victory quantity six used to be in opposition to an beginner (Wright) and he went 1-1 in opposition to Dwan, who had immense heads-up success a decade within the past on Full Tilt Poker. In Spherical 4, he thoroughly shall be facing his hardest opponent to this level within the heads-up SNG structure. With a solid displaying, it might perhaps well silence some of his detractors.
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As for Seiver, his poker resume is anxious to critique. At age 37, he’s factual three years away from Poker Hall of Popularity eligibility. The Sleek York native who resides in Las Vegas would completely lend a hand that HOF candidacy by defeating a mainstream poker professional in front of a big viewers.
“This program has been a must-glance event every episode up to now and I needed a exchange for be a notify of the scurry and with any luck add my possess establish on it,” Seiver told PokerGO.
Seiver just isn’t the kind to let Hellmuth’s bratty conduct rep the easier of him. He’s too experienced and conscious of playing at these stakes to permit the “Poker Brat” to rep below his pores and skin. So, it wishes to be an provocative fight between two of the most executed poker mavens ever.