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Scott Seiver Replaces Tom Dwan As Phil Hellmuth's High Stakes Duel Opponent

Watch The $800,000 Heads-Up Match Tuesday, May 17 On PokerGO


With Tom Dwan bowing out of his scheduled rematch with Phil Hellmuth on PokerGO’s High Stakes Duel, a new competitor has emerged in three-time WSOP bracelet winner and high-stakes pro Scott Seiver.

Each player will be buying in for $400,000, with the winner taking home the entire $800,000.

“This program has been a must-watch event each episode so far and I wanted an opportunity to be a part of the action and hopefully add my own mark on it,” Seiver said to PokerGO.

He’ll have his work cut out for him against Hellmuth, who has been very successful in the heads-up format. Hellmuth started off by sweeping Antonio Esfandiari in three matches, before doing the same to Daniel Negreanu.

He then beat Nick Wright, before Dwan stepped in and ended his winning streak. Hellmuth got revenge in the next match, however, setting up a third round between these two poker legends that first matched up all the way back in the 2008 NBC National Heads-Up Poker Championship.

Unfortunately for poker fans, Dwan had to cancel due to a scheduling conflict. Enter Seiver, the Ivy League educated crusher who, like Hellmuth, is not afraid of a little table talk.

“It is impossible to not respect Phil Hellmuth’s poker game because the results speak for themselves, however, where his talent lies is probably most misunderstood by the general public as opposed to those with a more nuanced view,” Seiver said of Hellmuth. “His game is speech play, but he is one of the best in the world at it. There will be trash talk before and during. 100%.”

Seiver has more than $24.5 million in recorded tournament earnings, which is good for no. 24 on poker’s all-time money list. Hellmuth is only slightly ahead in the no. 22 spot with $24.65 million.

Regardless of who wins the match, High Stakes Duel will continue until one player wins two consecutives matches. Only then can they ‘cash out.’

You can watch the full match on PokerGO on Tuesday, May 17 at 8 p.m. ET. New PokerGO subscribers can get $20 off an annual subscription by using the code ‘CardPlayer’ at sign up.