Daniel Negreanu finally got off the schneid. After being swept by Phil Hellmuth in High Stakes Duel 2 two years ago, Negreanu finally captured his first win Monday night, defeating Eric Persson in High Stakes Duel 4, Round 1. For the victory, the Poker Hall of Famer claimed a $100,000 prize pool.
PokerGO had changed the rules for High Stakes Duel 4, making Round 2 a mandatory rematch for double the stakes, but in a congratulatory tweet, Persson said that “due to scheduling conflicts,” he could not continue. Thus, any challenger can now step in to take on Negreanu in Round 2 for a $100,000 buy-in, or a $200,000 total prize pool.
I didn’t really do anything special. I just ran better than he did.”
Negreanu, who wore a padded muscle suit and tank top as an “homage” to Persson, was humble in victory, saying, “I just had all the hands. I had so many big hands, and he never really had much going on. He bluffed me a few times. I didn’t really do anything special. I just ran better than he did.”
According to the show’s new rules, anyone who wins two straight matches is the High Stakes Duel champ, so Negreanu needs just one more. Stakes double every round. High Stakes Duel 3 got all the way up to an $800,000 buy-in late last year; nobody challenged winner Jason Koon to take it up to a $1.6 million buy-in.
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