The winner of the 2017 High Roller for One Drop victor Doug Polk shall be facing off against the world's all-time WSOP bracelet winner Phil Hellmuth for a massive $200,000 on the 4th week of August at the Rivers Casino located just outside of Albany, New York.
The King of the Hill poker tourney kicks off August 22 Tuesday at 3:30pm ET, featuring a buy-in of $50,000 each but with an irresistible championship prize of US$200,000! The tournament only has a total of four players overall, which begins with an inaugural round of heads-up poker matches that will also highlight Tennessee native Frank Kassela and veteran high-stakes rounder Dan "Jungleman" Cates.
The inaugural event is scheduled on August 22 and 23 in the Rivers Casino in Schenectady, New York. The event will be telecast by Poker Night in America via their Twitch channel. The heads-up matches shall comprise of just one freezeout session only.
NBC, one of the largest American TV networks, used to televise live the heads-up championship annually between 2005 and 2013. Hellmuth is already very familiar with the format, since he won the very first one in 2005 and made it into the final in the last one held in 2013.
Meanwhile, Polk is actually considered a specialist in heads-up, as he regularly played one-on-one for super high-stakes matches online, played millions of hands and won millions worth of dollars. These two professional poker players have already battled with each other in front of the cameras of Poker Night in America just recently - they were both present at the same cash game table during the last season of the show.
Polk said in his latest video blog, "I gotta say I don't think he [Hellmuth] is going to do very well. I mean heads-up my thing."
The emerging winner of the Polk-Hellmuth battle shall then be facing against the winner of the Kassela-Cates matchup for the awesome $200K grand prize.
Kassela has three WSOP bracelets; however, none of them are in no limit hold'em, as he is more of a mixed game player.
On the other hand, Daniel "Jungleman" Cates is infamous for his unfinished heads-up challenge against Dom "durrrr" Dwan. It's actually not his fault that the challenge is still incomplete as of this time - he created a huge lead over Dwan who then declined to play any more hands and moved away to Macau.
Last month, Kassela and Cates were spotted at the grand opening of the Maestral Casino in Montenegro, but no news yet if both are going to continue and finish up their heads-up challenge.