High Stakes Duel 4 took center stage in the PokerGO Studio at ARIA Resort & Casino on Friday, with Shaun Deeb facing off against Mike Matusow in the Undercard. The match between Deeb and Matusow would precede the Round 1 match between Daniel Negreanu and Eric Persson.
Deeb and Matusow were playing for $20,000 in prize money, and the match between the two began with Deeb winning the first nine pots to take a three-to-two advantage. Matusow would take the lead when he turned a flush against Deeb’s flopped two pair before the two traded pots back and forth.
There is prior poker stream history between Deeb and Matusow when the two played a Poker Night in America cash game. Deeb flopped quad fives against Matusow’s pocket jacks, and after Matusow shoved all-in on the turn, Deeb slow-rolled Matusow to win the pot. Deeb was dealt black jacks against Matusow in the Undercard and raised the button. Matusow called with queen-seven and caught a pair of sevens. On the river, Matusow checked and Deeb bet just over half pot. Matusow called and Deeb delivered a slowroll with the best hand.
With Deeb back in the lead, Matusow raised the button with king-ten and Deeb defended his big blind with eight-seven suited. Both players flopped a pair and Deeb check-called Matusow’s bet on the flop and turn as Matusow tabled the best hand and took back the lead.
Deeb had won nearly half the pots of the match, and when Matusow was dealt ace-deuce and flopped bottom pair, he improved to trips on the river and tried to slowroll Deeb. Matusow showed an ace, but that was enough to beat Deeb’s queen-high, and Matusow was unable to return the real slowroll that Deeb dropped on him earlier in the match.
Matusow now held better than a two-to-one advantage and dialed up the pressure to have Deeb on the ropes with 19,500 in chips after he folded to Matusow’s turn bet with top pair. Dealt queen-ten on the button behind 13 big blinds, Deeb moved all-in and Matusow called with king-jack. The first all-in hand of the Undercard would be the last, as the board ran out nine-high and Matusow claimed victory and picked up $20,000 in prize money.
Following a weekend of Cinco de Mayo celebrations, Round 1 will begin on Monday, May 8, at 5 p.m. PT with Daniel Negreanu taking on Eric Persson in the $100,000 match.
Both players have played on High Stakes Poker together, but this will be the first time they sit face-to-face and battle it out for $50,000 apiece.
Negreanu has had plenty of heads-up experience, including being swept by Phil Hellmuth in High Stakes Duel 2, while Persson managed to beat Hellmuth in the PGT Heads-Up Showdown where the first infamous double bird salute was aired on PokerGO.com.
Regardless of the result in Round 1 of High Stakes Duel 4, both Negreanu and Persson have already agreed to a rematch in Round 2 for $100,000 apiece, which will air on Wednesday, May 10, at 5 p.m. PT.