Rob Yong Challenges Phil Hellmuth to Five $100K HU Matches

Phil Hellmuth did not become a legend by ducking challenges, but his latest one is a real corker – facing off with Dusk Till Dawn Casino owner Rob Yong in a heads-up battle with $500,000 at stake!

By: Andrew Burnett

The 15-time WSOP bracelet winner is back in Vegas after his partypoker MILLIONS South America adventure, and what better way to pass the time than a highstakes duel – although who will win is up for debate…

Rob Yong considers himself a firm favourite to down his legendary rival, telling HighStakesDB: “I’m confident. Phil was telling us all how he is the greatest player ever after a few beers in Rio, so I initially offered Phil 6-4 on one Deepstack match or I play all hands on button blind, but he was too proud to accept that and went for best of 5 events."

Yong added: “I like Phil but I’d be pretty shocked if he won, and I mean that in the nicest way!”

Hellmuth has plenty of experience of heads-up play, of course. Notwithstanding his tournament wins requiring a good grasp of the mano-a-mano struggle, the ‘Poker Brat’ has a number of specialised heads-up titles to his name.

In 2005 he won the National Heads Up Championships, defeating Chris Ferguson in the final, while in 2013 he lost out to Mike Matusow in the same event.

More recently he was crowned King of the Hill in the fall of 2017 after beating the Jungleman, Daniel Cates, in the final – having earlier disposed of Doug Polk.

His ‘White Magic’ approach wasn’t enough to retain his Poker Night in America KoTH crown a couple of months later though, losing out to Parker TonkaaaaP Talbot.

Rob Yong’s resume is less stellar on paper, but the Englishman’s massive experience playing short-handed cash games for the biggest stakes makes for an intriguing match-up.

Yong’s remarkable success story with the Dusk Till Dawn Casino in Nottingham all began after being turned away from a poker tournament for being one minute late – and over the decade or so since he has become one of the industry’s leading lights.

Big Phil Hellmuth, of course, is notorious for turning up late for tournaments, but with $500,000 on the table it’s likely he’ll set an alarm for his big battle with Yong!

The setting for the duel has not been decided yet, but with partypoker’s MILLIONS North America stop coming up next month,the Playground Poker Club in Montreal, Canada is high up the list of possibles.


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