Three weeks after shedding to Phil Hellmuth on Excessive Stakes Duel III, Scott Seiver has knowledgeable his opponent he is not dropping out and can problem the “Poker Brat” to a rematch in August with the pot bumped as much as $1.6 million.
The precise date hasn’t but been decided, however in accordance with Hellmuth’s late Monday tweet, the gamers and PokerGO are figuring that half out.
Anybody who adopted Seiver’s dedication to poker this previous weekend — he fired 43 bullets in the WSOP $1,000 FLIP & GO — should not be shocked he demanded a rematch towards the 16-time bracelet winner.
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How We Got Here
In Round 4 back in May, Seiver replaced Tom Dwan, who was unable to make it to Las Vegas in time for the $800,000 spherical. Dwan had defeated Hellmuth in Spherical 2, however then misplaced the rematch in Spherical 3.
Per the present’s guidelines, the shedding participant should contribute sufficient cash to double the earlier spherical prize pool for a rematch to happen. No participant can money out till after three consecutive wins, or there are not any extra prepared opponents.
The sport at all times begins with a $50,000 buy-in per participant, doubling every spherical probably all the best way as much as $12.8 million. Nick Wright, a preferred FS1 sports activities speak present host character, was Hellmuth’s preliminary opponent in Spherical 1 of the present collection of video games on Excessive Stakes Duel. He lost a hard-fought battle and declined to rematch.
That left the door open for an additional participant, which ended up being Dwan after which finally Seiver, who was required to pay $400,000 to enter the sport. He’ll now be on the hook for an additional $800,000 to create what will probably be one of many largest televised heads-up poker battles you may ever see.
Ought to Hellmuth win in Spherical 5, PokerGO would permit him to take the cash and run. To date, he is in for $250,000 of what’s going to quickly be a $1.6 million pot. If Seiver wins, Hellmuth can have the choice to pay $1.6 million to name for a rematch in Spherical 6, or the seat will probably be open for a unique opponent.
Previous to the match again in Might, many stated Seiver is the hardest challenger to this point on High Stakes Duel for the 1989 world champion. In whole, Hellmuth’s confronted 5 totally different gamers, all with contrasting kinds of play, on the present, which first aired on PokerGO again in 2020. Hellmuth is an unthinkable 9-1 in 10 whole matches, all of which have been performed utilizing a sit n’ go model format.
On the inaugural Excessive Stakes Duel, he disposed of Antonio Esfandiari in three consecutive matches, after which did the identical to Daniel Negreanu on Excessive Stakes Duel II. In the course of the present collection of matches, he beat Wright in Spherical 1, misplaced to Dwan in Spherical 2, beat Dwan in Spherical 3, after which beat Seiver in Spherical 4.
Combined Bag on the 2022 World Collection of Poker
Two weeks after shedding to the “Poker Brat,” Seiver gained his fourth bracelet when he took down WSOP Event #3: $2,500 Freezeout No-Limit Hold’em for $320,059. He additionally, as talked about misplaced 43 consecutive $1,000 bullets within the gimmicky FLIP & GO occasion.
As for Hellmuth, his collection is off to a rocky begin because of some well being points. He missed the primary couple of days of the collection on account of a bout with “traveler’s diarrhea.” Days later he was sidelined once more after testing constructive for COVID-19.
Each poker stars will proceed grinding away at one other World Collection of Poker bracelet. Quickly after the collection concludes, it’s on like Donkey Kong on the PokerGO Studio in Las Vegas when these two legends meet up, mano a mano, for a seven-figure pot.
*Photographs courtesy of PokerGO.