In the second match of Negreanu vs. Hellmuth challenge, the players paid a $100,000 buy-in, and the audience expected Daniel, after an unfortunate defeat a month ago, when his opponent was able to spin with 3,000 chips against 97,000, would be able to take revenge.
Even though Phil has not lost a single match in the High Stakes Duel show, Bookmakers still considered the Canadian the favorite.
At the beginning of the match, everyone saw a more aggressive Negreanu. However, for the most part, it was reduced to bluff on the river, which usually came down on the strong hands of the PokerBrat.
Nevertheless, Kid Poker was able to get the biggest advantage in all 5 hours of the match due to a top-set slowplay. On the river, his opponent made a check-raise with two lower pairs and then called a 3-bet. But after that, Phil decided to bluff more often, which allowed him to recover the lost chips and take the lead.
The most prominent bluff with Doyle Brunson's hand had Hellmuth's 6K689 on the board and 110,000 chips on the pot after failing his flush draw. Negreanu hesitated to call all-in with 97.
On the last hand, Phil's pocket eight held out against A4.
In social networks, after the end of the game, only the losing side spoke up:
Now the Canadian has a whole month to decide whether he plays the third match against Hellmuth, in which he will have to pay $200,000. Most likely, Daniel will go all the way.
But if he loses in June, then we can say that Phil has taught a lesson to all those online regulars who thought he had long and hopelessly lagged behind modern poker gameplay. Will we see another High Stakes Duel in which PokerBrat will face one of the young pros?
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