After no challenger stepped up in 30 days since Jason Koon beat Phil Hellmuth in Round 5 of High Stakes Duel III, Koon is pronounced a champion and will pocket $800,000 profit for his win.
It's official! @JasonKoon is your High Stakes Duel 3 Champion!!!— PokerGO (@PokerGO) January 9, 2023
Koon defeated @phil_hellmuth in Round 5 and no one stepped forward to challenge Koon and post the $1.6M buy-in within the 30-day window.
Koon walks away with the belt and the $1.6M prize. pic.twitter.com/LdBhcd1HU1
If everyone was interested in playing against Phil Hellmuth in Round 5, it appears no one wants to face Jason Koon and putting $1.6 million on the line. Literal crickets. And it makes total sense.
It is obvious that many players think they have a big edge over someone like Hellmuth, so potential challengers were lining up to play against Poker Brat and apparently Koon draw the longest stick. On the other hand, mustering $1.6 million to play against one of the top poker pros in the world, and maybe having a 1% or 2% edge over him, is something that no professional who likes money will ever do.
Jason himself said he doesn’t expect to get a challenger, unless a very rich recreation player appears who would want a sweat or a "super alpha person from Russia or somewhere". And he was 100% correct.
High Stakes Duel III Matches
|HSD III Round 1||Phil Hellmuth vs. Nick Wright||Phil Hellmuth||$100,000|
|HSD III Round 2||Phil Hellmuth vs. Tom Dwan||Tom Dwan||$200,000|
|HSD III Round 3||Phil Hellmuth vs. Tom Dwan||Phil Hellmuth||$400,000|
|HSD III Round 4||Phil Hellmuth vs. Scott Seiver||Phil Hellmuth||$800,000|
|HSD III Round 5||Phil Hellmuth vs. Jason Koon||Jason Koon||$1,600,000|