Phil Hellmuth’s seventh High Stakes Duel duel took place tonight. For the first two opponents “PokerBrat” did not leave a chance, winning all three matches whitewash with Esfandiari and Negreanu. It seems that the same fate awaits the third opponent.
Recall that the next opponent of Hellmuth was amateur player and sports commentator Nick Wright. The pair had already met at the tables of poker shows, and the rival was winning in the confrontation with Phil.
Nick considered his strong point in the fact that he is a recreational player, which means that it will be difficult for Hellmuth to adapt to him. It did work for a while, but in the second half of the match, the “White Magic” of the WSOP record-holder turned on again.
Hellmuth does not change his habits
Nick dominated the first 90 minutes, playing a lot of bluffs. He played almost recklessly, which allowed him to enter the chip leader with 70% of the chips. Helmut at this time behaved as usual – swearing after each lost bank and complaining that he was inferior to his amateur.
In the second half of the match, bluffs stopped happening so often – Hellmuth widened his calling range and began to restore the advantage. Many strong hands played an important role in this.
At one point, Nick was left with 11,000 chips out of 50,000 starting, but after three hours he was able to equalize the stacks, after which the final distribution took place.
Three days to think
Unlike Phil’s other opponents, Nick took the time to consider whether he should take a $100,000 revenge. According to the show’s rules, Wright has three days to give his answer:
“I have 72 hours, right? I’ll need 71 for a rematch decision. I’ll probably be back to challenge Phil. I have to think about it,” commented Nick.
But Phil does not want to sit down at the table with a media personality again and prefers to fight with a more professional player – Phil Ivey or Tom Dwan. However, if Nick decides to take revenge, Helmut must accept the challenge.