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NBC National Heads-Up Poker Championship — Round Three

Hellmuth vs. “Durrrr”

by Phil Hellmuth |  Published: Jun 22, 2009


After winning my first-round match in the NBC National Heads-Up Poker Championship against Mike Sexton — when my A-J was lucky to beat his Q-Q — then beating Jeffrey Ishbia in the second round, I found myself in the “Sweet 16,” facing 22-year-old Internet poker sensation Tom “Durrrr” Dwan. Durrrr has enormous talent and potential, and he may eventually become the best poker player in the world. I knew that this match would have the poker world’s full attention. I mean, not only was it a little bit of old school versus new school, but some considered it a grudge match. After all, I was facing the man who eliminated me in the first round of the 2008 NBC National Heads-Up Poker Championship when his 10-10 beat my A-A on the third hand. After I lost that hand, I was still in shock over being eliminated so early in my ...

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