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NBC National Heads-Up Poker Championship — Round Two

Hellmuth vs. Ishbia

by Phil Hellmuth |  Published: Jun 11, 2009


Welcome to my ongoing series of columns featuring an inside look at the matches I played in the NBC National Heads-Up Poker Championship. Last issue, I wrote about a hand that I was lucky to win in my first-round match against Mike Sexton. In this column, I’m going to discuss my second-round match. My opponent was Jeffrey Ishbia, an amateur poker player from Detroit, Michigan. I wasn’t going to overlook anyone, so I decided to give Ishbia respect as a player and treat this match like I would treat any other match. While trying not to look ahead, I knew that if I won and Tom “Durrr” Dwan won his second-round match, the world would get the rematch that it wanted so badly in the “Sweet Sixteen.” You see, Dwan and I faced off in the first round of the NBC National Heads-Up Poker Championship in 2008, and on the ...

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