When Daniel Negreanu accepted a challenge to relax and play two tables of $200-$400 heads-up hold’em that is no-limit Doug Polk for 25,000 hands, Polk trolled Negreanu by referring to himself as a truck driver and that he was coming into the match with the intention of backing up the truck and driving away with all the money.
Eventually, Polk ditched the truck driver schtick, but he did end up winning a ton of money as the duo completed the challenge evening with a marathon session wednesday. Over 1,712 arms and much more than six hours of heads-up poker, Polk won $255,722 and netted a win of a lot more than $1.2 million for the challenge that is entire
“Congratulations to Doug,” said Negreanu after the match in a interview that is post-game the GGPoker YouTube channel. “He’s a player that is great obviously the favorite going in. It was a fun challenge. I felt like there were ebbs and flows, of course, in terms of how I felt about it. He’s happy, obviously. He’s the winner that is big the match, deservedly therefore. He played well.”
Following some shenanigans week that is last Polk using a strategy that involved limping a ton of hands on the button, which Negreanu countered by excessively tanking, there were only 3,694 hands remaining in the challenge. On afternoon, Negreanu said that the challenge was “likely to finish Friday unless we are feeling spicy and looking to gamboooool!”
The spice was clearly there and the pair decided to play long enough to end it wednesday. Polk arrived to the ultimate two sessions with a lead that is nearly insurmountable of736,804 and extended it by winning $209,281 on Monday.Negreanu opened up a six-figure lead in Wednesday’s final session, but ultimately the tides turned and Polk won the four buy-ins back from the six-time World Series of Poker
bracelet winner to get unstuck on the day and proceeded to win more than six buy-ins after that. Polk was on the right end of several coolers including a preflop all in with both players a-K that is holding. But a runout that included for spades provided Polk the nut flush and a pot that is huge
“The key about massive hands, right?” said Negreanu. “Step 1 is get one. And step 2 is have your opponent have something so strong that you’re going to get all the money.”
It takes some good fortune to go on a 10 buy-in upswing over the course of a six-hour session, but Polk said he was proud of the work that I spent so much time preparing and it really ended up helping me tremendously,” said Polk in a post-game interview of his with Nick Schulman and Jaime Kerstetter on his own YouTube channel that he put into getting back into the swing of heads-up no-limit hold ’em, a game he was once considered the best in the world at.
“I’m very happy. “And that i got eventually to perform at such a level that is high such a long period of time.”Polk went on to thank a slew of people that he had in his corner throughout the match that is wholeThe three-time
bracelet winner said that he was working with a few people from a general coaching perspective that helped him lock his approach down to the game, another handful of poker players that helped him implement preflop ranges to coincide with Negreanu’s different raise sizes, as well as a large group of members from his own training site, Upswing Poker, that tracked the action of every hand played, which was then inputted into multiple spreadsheets.
And The team kept Polk ahead of the curve.
“Every from Negreanu’s point of view He came back prepared,” said Negreanu monday. “He seemed to make some adjustments because there were always holes that we were looking to exploit. There were definitely some. Then when he would sort of get hammered in that spot, he’d go into the lab, come out of the and okay, that hole is no longer valid.”
The weekend match had been encouraged as a result of the rocky history that is personal they have with one another with some intense needling back-and-forth on social media. The night before the final battle.
Tuesday by the end of the match, however, the two seemingly developed a mutual respect for one another, even swapping hand histories learn session for the finale dealing with @DougPolkVids exceeding all of the arms we played and war that is sharing.
— Daniel Negreanu (@RealKidPoker) February 2, 2021
Polk came into the match as the favorite that is betting. By the final end of the match, however, he was impressed by the strides Negreanu had made to his game.
“He did a job that is really impressive a lot regarding the stuff he did,” said Polk. “I didn’t think he’d play this well at all… By the conclusion, he had been doing this numerous razor-sharp things.”
In Polk’s viewpoint, Negreanu had become therefore good at the overall game that there weren’t poker that is many that could beat him at the format. An feat that is impressive that Negreanu had little experience playing heads-up no-limit money games before accepting Polk.(*)“If you’re not a heads-up pro, he’s likely to beat you,” said Polk about Negreanu. “He’s going to beat you. You’re perhaps not planning to know up to him. He shall have better sizes, better ranges, better strategies. He just will understand the game better. Outside of the class of high-stakes heads-up pros, Negreanu is going to be one of the best players in the world.”(*)Outside of the seven figures, Polk also won a amount that is sizable part action that has been regarding the match. It had been rumored that Bill Perkins had among the biggest wagers against Polk and predicated on a Wednesday evening tweet, it would appear that he positively destroyed some money, albeit an amount that is unknown(*)Read your friking messages or i am spending VanessaSelbst in place of you!!!!(*)— Bill Perkins (man) (@bp22) February 4, 2021(*)