After a few small pots were played out as the two players tested the heads-up waters, Mike McDonald upped the preflop aggression with the first three-bet of the duel. After Phil Ivey made it 125,000 to go, McDonald bumped the action to 400,000. Ivey folded.
Not to be outdone, Ivey was the one three-betting on the next hand. McDonald had opened the button to 115,000, and then Ivey three-bet to 350,000. McDonald folded, and Ivey won the pot.