Phil Hellmuth will have to dodge bullets, baby, against someone other than Tom Dwan during Round 4 of High Stakes Duel III on PokerGO, which was scheduled to take place Thursday.
Dwan, as PokerGO announced, has backed out of the $800,000 match due to “scheduling conflicts.” But the “Poker Brat” can’t quit and take his winnings just yet. He’ll instead face a different opponent who must pay $400,000 for his or her half of the pot to get into the game.
That game will take place at 5 p.m. PT on Tuesday, May 17 instead of May 12. PokerGO will, as they always do for High Stakes Duel, air the event in its entirety.
Hellmuth said that Dwan is stuck overseas and cannot make it to Las Vegas in time for the match. The two poker legends recently battled against each other, and popular YouTubers and streamers such as MrBeast and Ninja, on Hustler Casino Live in what was the most watched live-streamed poker game in history.
PokerGO has yet to settle on a replacement opponent, but will announce that player on May 16. There are a number of matches that poker fans would enjoy. Hellmuth always attracts viewers no matter who he is facing, but the more intriguing the opponent, the higher the ratings PokerGO will get.
Some potential opponents that would certainly generate attention from the old-school poker group include Phil Ivey, Doyle Brunson, and a rematch with Negreanu given their recent Twitter feud. Entertaining players like Doug Polk, Dan “Jungleman” Cates, and Shaun Deeb also make sense.
Or, if PokerGO wants to go outside the poker world like they did with Wright, options such as MrBeast and Ninja would certainly bring in a new audience.