Jason Kuhn’s debut High stakes duel I’ve seen him face all the time World Series of Poker Bracelets leader Phil Hellmuth, who entered the bout with an incredible 9-1 head-to-head record from Poker Joe. Koon and Hellmuth each put in $800,000 for this fifth round match high stakes duel 3, Making it a one-on-one struggle for the largest prize money amount to date on the show: $1.6 million.
It took nearly two and a half hours for the winner to be determined, with Conn grabbing the lead about a third of the way and never looking back from there. Koon, a 37-year-old poker pro from West Virginia who has racked up over $41 million in poker tournaments around the world, emerged victorious to hand Hellmuth only his second loss in 11 matches played on the show.
“I had great hands. Even the hands I bluffed with, almost all of them presented themselves in a natural way, so it was just one of those days where anyone in my seat would win,” Koon told PokerGO reporters after his big win. “I was willing to lose this thing so much because of the structure. I could have been at the other extreme of that, Phil having big hands all the time, and that’s just the nature of poker. You don’t have to feel bad on the days you’re running Well, and you shouldn’t feel bad about the days when you were going badly. It’s just the process of everything. Today, I have to be the winner, and it’s nice to do that for massive stakes.”
As the winner of this round, Koon has now moved on to Round 6, which will see him play a $3,200,000 match against a new challenger or Hellmuth if he decides to cash in on his first right of challenge. Hellmuth, 16 times WSOP The winner with more than $25 million in tournament winnings, has yet to announce if he intends to play a rematch.
Hellmuth won High Stakes Duel 1 and 2 after impressive wins over poker stars Antonio Esfandiari and Daniel Negreanu. High Stakes Duel 3 began with another win, this time over sports commentator Nick Wright in the first heat. Wright elected not to rematch, and Tom Dwan replaced him and handed Hellmuth his first loss in the second round. Helmuth clicked the rematch button and won, setting up an $800,000 showdown with Scott Seaver, who replaced Duane. Had Hellmuth won this match against Koon, he could have chosen to walk away with his earnings and wrestling style High stakes duel Belt.
How HSD3 fell fifth round
The match started with both players sitting on 800k blinds, with 1500-2500 blinds. Koon took his first notable blow when Hellmuth’s A-9 edged out Hellmuth’s A-10 in a three-stake pot. Connecting two streets, Koon’s bet went on the river almost gratuitously full, and he took the first chunky bowl of the day.
Hellmuth was able to get back in time for the next big hand, which saw him crashing high against the floundering pair of Koon. Hellmuth raised the river in position and got paid to go over the lead.
Hellmuth stretched a small lead before a mistimed earlier move saw him run into Koon’s aces. Hellmuth entered the inside of the button with a total of 3000 with Q6 And bet three on 10,500 with Aa. Hellmuth was raised to 32,000. Cone was more than happy with his four title bet for 120k using pocket aces, and was probably very pleased when Hellmuth bluffed his five title bet to 260k. Koon moved everything for 773,000 and Hellmuth folded. It fell to 567,000 after the hand, while Koon passed the million in chips.
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“I thought you had the kings, you really did,” Conn said after a few minutes of Helmuth’s frustrated babbling after the big hand.
Hellmuth regained a large portion of his lost chips with a flush nut against a ten-high Koon River, with most of the chips going in on the turn thanks to Koon’s semi-bluff after the move was a three-ante by Hellmuth and checked on the flop. With a pair on the board, Hellmuth checked it out from the spot. Kun checks in from behind, though straight, with four hearts on board and not in his hand. Hellmuth took the big bet to narrow the gap dramatically as the match entered its second hour.
It looked like Hellmuth might almost hold back even as he walked the bottom end straight against Koon’s doubles, but a clever move in the end saw Koon snatched from the jaws of defeat. On the river, Cone bets 4,000 in a pot of 17,000 with jacks and nines and raises Helmuth to 9,500 with a queen high. Kon then turns his doubles into a bluff, bringing it back to 30k and drawing surprising doubles from Hellmuth, who would lose to any hand involving a king.
Cone quickly extended his chip lead to nearly 2:1 thanks to a big hand which he won by calling river at high speed. Raise Koon to 10,000 on the button with an As. Hellmuth three to 26,000 big blind with Qj. Koon called and the flop came 992. Hellmuth bet 32,000 and call Koon. 3 In turn saw both players check and 10 Complete the painting. He fired Hellmuth 52000 with his unimproved queen high and Koon basically immediately threw in the chips to connect.
The chip disparity only grew when Koon fumbled the top pair in a three-stakes pot and improved to second on the turn. Hellmuth shot a 62,000 to a 72,000 in return with a straight double draw, but gave up when he made the river flow possible while improving to a fourth pair. Koon checked back and removed the health pot to go over 1.2m while Hellmuth’s stack dwindled to 434,000.
Shortly thereafter, Kuhn extracted a nearly pot-sized pot with a straight height eight from Hellmuth, who improved to second pair with an ace player at the end. With Koon’s chip advantage increasing to over 3.5:1. Koon won a majority (most small pots) in the next ten minutes to build up a larger lead.
“That’s not how I saw the match,” Hellmuth admitted between one hand.
Koon’s lead came close to 7:1 after he turned pocket twos into a feint to knock Hellmuth out of the fourth pair on the board with four cards to the straight. Hellmuth stopped the bleeding by re-flighting against a larger pair of Koon’s but got no payment from the river increase. Then he found a well-timed move with Q-5 on the A-10-4-6 board which knocked Koon out of a pocket pair of nines.
It isn’t long before Koon wins another big pot. He fumbled the five-year trip after lifting a preflop with an A-5 and a Hellmuth float with a 9-8. Hellmuth picked up a gut on the turn and attempted a half-trick lift. Koon wasn’t going anywhere, and earned another huge stack of chips after Hellmuth folded into a river.
Helmuth’s classic tirade was triggered when Koon raised a 6-4 big blind after Hellmuth limp and then airballed a JJJ flop. Hellmuth called with the king high on the flop and the two fighters checked the queen on the turn. Koon filled the river jacks on four and bet 36,000 in a pot of 108,000. Hellmuth called with his king high and Koon won the health bowl to nearly a 15:1 lead.
The next hand saw Koon raise to 12,000 on the button with Q8. Hellmuth three to 35,000 big blind with AK. Koon picked a four-pot jam and Hellmuth called out all-in 103,000 in total. Hellmuth was a 2:1 favorite to double it, but the board ran out Q104103 To give Koon Queens and Scores in order to win.
Give maximum credit to @employeeHe played great poker in the High Stakes Duel. Congratulations on winning Jason, you’re a great actor and a great player and everyone knows that. I enjoyed playing the first 11 games of the game HSDfinished 9-2 #positivity pic.twitter.com/DuTIj9GDG0
– phil_hellmuth (@phil_hellmuth) December 8, 2022
In doing so, Koon became the player who bumps his head in the $3,200,000 round. He’ll either face a rematch from Hellmuth or, perhaps, a challenge from another high-stakes superstar.
“Not only was my preparation for this match specific to Phil, but he was—I assumed it would go both ways,” said Conn. Poker Joe After his victory over Helmuth. “First, there will be a very rich recreational player who wants to sweat it out, which is great. Or there will be a super alpha guy who comes from Russia or somewhere who wants to play me, but I doubt it. I just can’t see anyone playing me.” I’m not trying to be arrogant, it’s just that there’s a lot of money to move for the 1% or 2% advantage you’ll have at most against me, but my prelude was to be ready to play a perfect player.I didn’t play a perfect strategy today.I have I played a strategy that was very specific to Phil. But if I played another player, I would be ready to play them if they played the way the analyst plays.”
If Kon wins a match in the sixth round, he will be able to lock his earnings and claim the championship belt, as a player must lead in two consecutive matches after the fourth round in order to be crowned. High stakes duel winner.
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