After a battle that is three-month, for some, was never in doubt, the “Heads Up Challenge” between Poker Hall of Famer Daniel Negreanu and online legend Doug Polk has come to an end. More than 25,000 hands of poker were played and, in the final end, both players had been free for the other. Compliments aren’t the scoreboard, but, and that read out the Challenge has been won by that Polk, finishing with a $1.2 million victory in the event.
Wednesday Action Closes Out the Fight
When the duo came to the felt that is virtual WSOP.com on Wednesday afternoon, they knew that it was possibly the final day’s the battle. The end was nigh with Polk holding a safe edge of over $900,000 with two tables of $200/$400 action going and a little more than 1000 hands left on the clock. The question wasn’t whether Polk was going to win the challenge, it was whether he would break the million mark in doing so.
The opening salvos went in the favor of Negreanu. In a hand that is key Polk would river a straight, but Negreanu caught a flush with the exact same river card to scoop up a good cooking pot of almost $40,000. The nice fortune would carry on for Negreanu as he won by simply making arms (a complete household for over $25,000) and also by playing some energy poker (a jam on a three-spade, dual paired board). Throughout the very first couple of hours of action, Negreanu surely could chop around $150,000 from the Polk side.
As typical for the action through the Challenge, Polk surely could react quickly. He had been the beneficiary of a four-flush, keeping the Ace whenever Negreanu held the King, and Polk got a key twice up in a pot of $180,000. That, along side other action during the day, would see Polk get a $255,722 side throughout the last 1718 arms and shut the Challenge.
Newfound out Respect Between the Players
After an start that is acrimonious the twosome (plus some tight moments through the task), the close arrived nearly as a relief to your players. Over their Twitter account, Polk recounted the score that is final, in an understatement, simply said “We won, guys. It was done by us.” Negreanu had been additionally free for the play of Polk, saying throughout the GGPoker flow, “He played well, no relevant question about that.”
— Daniel Negreanu (@RealKidPoker) 2, 2021
That discussion would be VERY worthwhile.
In february searching straight back during the Challenge, Negreanu clearly made a mistakes that are few. First off, he probably should have gotten more of the action to be played in a setting that is live that will be far more their game. Even with per year of your retirement, Polk’s game took time that is little get into shape and to have nearly all the play at WSOP.com (the first 200 hands were played live on PokerGO) was definitely an advantage for Polk.(*)Taking on a Heads-Up master like Polk was also an error in judgment for Negreanu. Heads Up poker has never been the Hall of Famer’s forte, he was one of the dominant players in the online game whereas it was the very subject that Polk mastered when. However it is section of poker that somebody believes that they’ve got the opportunity in almost any game, and that means you must provide kudos to Negreanu when planning on taking the shot. (*)in which do the 2 guys get from right here? Polk might just move back once again to your retirement after supporting the vehicle up and Negreanu is going to be playing poker whenever he’s 80 (and, like Doyle Brunson, be playing at a top degree). However the two guys have actually offered the poker globe an entertaining 90 days of action and, for that, we’ve got to show our admiration.(*)