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 last two sessions with a lead that is nearly insurmountable of736,804 and extended it by winning $209,281 on Monday.Negreanu opened up a lead that is six-figure Wednesday’s last session, but finally the tides switched and Polk won the four buy-ins straight back through the six-time World variety of Poker
bracelet champion to obtain unstuck in the time and proceeded to win a lot more than six buy-ins from then on. Polk had been in the right end of a few coolers including a preflop all in with both players a-K that is holding. But a runout that contained for spades gave Polk the nut flush and a pot that is huge
“The key about massive arms, right?” stated Negreanu. “Step 1 is get one. And action 2 is have your opponent have actually one thing therefore strong that you’re gonna get all of the money.”
It takes good quality fortune to be on a 10 buy-in upswing on the length of a six-hour session, but Polk stated he had been pleased with the task 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 to execute at such a level that is high such a lengthy amount of time.”Polk proceeded to thank a slew of individuals which he had in their part through the entire 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 towards the game, another a small number of poker players that aided him implement preflop ranges to coincide with Negreanu’s various raise sizes, in addition to a big number of users from his or her own training site, Upswing Poker, that tracked the action of each and every hand played, that has been then inputted into numerous 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 in order to make some changes because there have been constantly holes that people had been trying to exploit. There have been certainly some. When he’d sort of get hammered for the reason that spot, he’d go fully into the lab, emerge from the and okay, that hole is no longer valid.”
The weekend match was inspired thanks to the rocky history that is personal they’ve with the other person with a few intense needling back-and-forth on social networking. 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 study session for the finale working with @DougPolkVids going over all the hands we played and war that is sharing.
— Daniel Negreanu (@RealKidPoker) February 2, 2021
Polk arrived to the match since the favorite that is betting. By the final end for the match, nevertheless, he had been impressed by the strides Negreanu had designed to their game.
“He did a job that is really impressive a lot of the stuff he did,” said Polk. “I did not think he would play this well at all… By the end, he was doing so many sharp things.”
In Polk’s opinion, Negreanu had become so proficient at the game that there weren’t poker that is many that could beat him during the structure. An feat that is impressive that Negreanu had very little experience playing heads-up no-limit cash games before taking on Polk.(*)“If you’re not a heads-up pro, he’s going to beat you,” said Polk about Negreanu. “He’s going to beat you. You’re not going to know as much as him. He shall have better sizes, better ranges, better techniques. He simply will realize the overall game better. Outside the class of high-stakes heads-up professionals, Negreanu will probably be one of the better players within the world.”(*)Outside of this seven numbers, Polk additionally won a amount that is sizable side action that was on the match. It was rumored that Bill Perkins had one of the largest bets against Polk and based on a Wednesday night tweet, it appears that he definitely lost some cash, albeit an amount that is unknown(*)Read your friking messages or i am spending VanessaSelbst as opposed to you!!!!(*)— Bill Perkins (man) (@bp22) February 4, 2021(*)