Phil Hellmuth Wins King of the Hill for $200kAugust 25, 2017 8:34 am
The $50,000 Poker Night in America “King of the Hill” competition was held at the Rivers Casino in Schenectady County, New York, and restricted to just four players, namely Daniel Cates, Frank Kassela, Doug Polk and Phil Hellmuth. There was a lot of hype surrounding the televised Poker Night in America two-day event, and in the end it was won by one of the game’s legends, the 14-times WSOP champion Phil Helllmuth.
On August 22nd, the 53 year-old Hellmuth was pitted against the 28 year-old Polk in an “Old School” versus “New School” battle, with Polk having earlier produced a promotional WWE-style slapdown video telling Hellmuth that he would destroy him. That did not come to pass, though, and after seeing off Polk, Hellmuth faced Daniel “Jungleman” Cates the following day for the ‘King of the Hill’ title.
In the first of their 3 game match, Cates struck the first blows after making a massive river bet holding nothing but air, only to show Hellmuth his bluff after he had folded his hand. That clearly riled the Poker Brat, who stood up and exclaimed:
“I knew it. He wanted to give me all his f*cking money. How does the deck save him?”
Nevertheless, Hellmuth went on to win that match, while Cates took the next to even the score, leaving one epic battle left to decide the winner. Things didn’t seem to going Hellmuth’s way, though, and after having been reduced to just 14bb, Polk announced “If Hellmuth could pull off a comeback from this place, it would be one of the greatest comebacks in poker history.”
A little later, however, and Hellmuth had managed to turn the tables to sit on a 4:1 chiplead when the deciding hand was played with Cates (K-Q) and Hellmuth (A-6) all-in preflop, and the board subsequently running out 4-4-5-8-9 to hand Helmuth the famous victory.
All credit to Hellmuth for his impressive win, with the poker legend having added another $200,000 to his total live career earnings of $21,399,093, placing him at number 8 on poker’s ‘All Time Money List’.