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Phil Hellmuth lost his King of the Hill belt (yes there is apparently a belt) to Olivier Busquet over the weekend. The second installment of the heads-up invitational presented by Poker Night in America was held at Rivers Casino in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Busquet claimed the title without ever having to face off against Hellmuth.
The tournament featured four prominent poker pros: Hellmuth and Busquet, along with Shaun Deeb and Parker “TonkaaaP” Talbot. Reigning champion Hellmuth picked up the title at the first ever King of the Hill Invitational in August at Rivers Casino in Schenectady, New York.
Each player’s $50,000 buy-in went into a $200,000 winner-take-all pot. The event took place over two days, October 6 and 7. Each level was a best two out of three. Day one began with Deeb vs. Busquet and Talbot vs. Hellmuth. Busquet and Talbot emerged victorious, returning to face off on Saturday.
Busquet won the first two matches, claiming a fast victory without the need for a third match. He chalked his success up to getting the right cards at the right time. The $200,000 win pushed Busquet’s live poker winnings past the $8 million mark.
The next King of the Hill heads-up invitational is scheduled for October 25 to 26, when Busquet will have the chance to defend his belt against three new contenders. Dan Coleman, Brandon Adams, and 2017 World Series of Poker Main Event Champion Scott Blumstein will convene on the felt at SugarHouse Casino in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania to challenge Busquet.