Phil Hellmuth takes down the four-man King of the Hill event on Poker Night in America. Hype builds for PokerStars latest game, Power Up. Find these stories and more in the Thursday Hit and Run.
Hellmuth Win King of the Hill Title
Phil Hellmuth won the four-man King of the Hill event on Wednesday night when he beat Dan “Jungleman” Cates to take the title and $200,000 in cash. Hellmuth bested Doug Polk in the previous round to qualify for the final. Cates had qualified by beating Frank Kassela after just five hands.
Despite winning the event, Hellmuth did not achieve the feat without some major adversity. Hellmuth was able to beat Jungleman after coming from behind with a 34-1 chip deficit earlier in the match, including included getting Cates to lay down trip 10s.
Jungleman was gracious in defeat after the match:
— Daniel Cates (@junglemandan) August 24, 2017
Below you can watch a full rebroadcast of the final, which lasts a little under 6 hours:
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