Over the past year, high-profile challenges have been our main source of entertainment.
First, the poker community was treated to a rollercoaster of several heads-up Galfond challenges. Soon afterward, one of the biggest match-ups occurred; Daniel Negreanu and his long-time nemesis Doug Polk agreed to a challenge that lasted for 3 months and attracted a lot of attention.
Well, we may yet see another high-stakes challenge from none other than the godfather of Prop bets, Bill Perkins.
Like with most challenges, it all started on Twitter. Bill Perkins and Landon Tice agreed to a heads-up challenge.
Even though the Perkins Vs. Tice challenge won’t attract as much attention (compared to Polk Vs. Negreanu), the entertainment value of the match is irrefutable. Perkins is more of a recreational player whereas Tice is as professional as they come.
HEADS UP FOR SOULS IS ON!
I battle the Legend @bp22
I pay 9bb/100
More details to come, but BLOOD WILL BE IN THE STREETS ????????
— Landon (@LandonTice) February 6, 2021
For perspective, before Polk embarked on his grudge match against Negreanu, he warmed up against several players, and one of them was Tice. Interestingly, Tice won the $2/$4 heads-up No-Limit heads-up challenge by $500.
Bill Perkins Vs. Landon Tice challenge terms
Perkins’ challenge against Tice is like nothing we have ever seen before. First, Tice will give 9 big blinds for every 100 hands played.
This is not only ridiculous but it may also be a big blind too much. In that, giving a 9/100bb edge to a decent player like Perkins may be counter-intuitive in the long run. But you never know. Tice may surprise us.
Therefore, considering the 9/100bb handicap, Perkins will have a $720,000 headstart.
So, if Tice wins $1 million, he will only pocket $280,000. In terms of funding, Bill Perkins has an even bigger edge. He is a wealthy businessman with a bottomless pocket.
However, even though Tice is committing a significant portion of his own bankroll, he will be funded by several backers.
Let me make something clear that I’m sure everyone cares about regarding my challenge with @bp22
I’m selling a lot of action for it. A lot.
I’m not rolled to battle at nosebleeds.
However, I am putting a very large amount of my relative net worth on myself winning it.
— Landon (@LandonTice) February 11, 2021
Perkins and Tice also agreed to another unique condition; no limping will be allowed. Well, in Negreanu’s challenge, Polk used limping to effectively reduce variance while racking up the total number of hands. Therefore, if no limping will be allowed, we will most definitely see bigger pots.
However, whether the challenge will come to fruition or not remains to be seen. They are yet to agree on a specific date as well as an online host.
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