A bit greater than a month in the past, six-time World Series of Poker bracelet winner Daniel Negreanu was down practically $1 million to high-stakes poker professional Doug Polk of their $200-$400 no-limit maintain’em heads-up grudge match.
In the practically 5 weeks since then, Negreanu trimmed that margin by a large quantity. At one level, he virtually reduce it in half due to a five-session profitable streak between Dec. 28 and Jan. 11.
During that timeframe, the Canadian professional and GGPoker ambassador sliced the result in simply $484,073. In the ultimate session earlier than the midway mark of the match, the place he declined the choice to give up, Negreanu received about $40,000. Following the match, the 2 agreed to take a brief break to rejoice the brand new yr.
Negreanu received about $27,000 of their first match of the second half on Jan. 4. He continued the heater by profitable $98,579 on Jan. 6, $27,945 on Jan. 8, and $132,648 final Monday.
“Just about a 12 [buy-in] downswing now peak to trough,” tweeted Polk after his most up-to-date loss. “Tough stretch but feel good about how we are playing. On the positive side, we did manage to stack him once today.”
Polk, who has three WSOP bracelets of his personal, snapped Negreanu’s profitable streak with a six-figure win of his personal of their most up-to-date session final Wednesday. He received $119,609 over 600 fingers, bringing Polk’s whole revenue to $603,683 by way of 15,850 of their 25,000-hand match.
Polk held the lead for many of Wednesday’s motion, however Negreanu climbed out of a gap of practically $200,000 and was practically even for the session earlier than Polk went on one other run late within the match.
“Not over by a long shot but we stopped the bleeding and if we can get a couple more solid wins, [the match] should be hard to lose,” tweeted Polk after his win on Wednesday.
Polk might imagine that victory is inside his attain, however some information suggests that he’s operating higher than Negreanu. Corey Steel, a former PokerStars sponsored professional has been monitoring the anticipated worth from all of the all-in pots. According to his information, Negreanu is operating $243,635.95 under expectation.
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— Corey Steel (@CoreySteel_) January 14, 2021
Before the match began again in November, Polk and Negreanu had a historical past of public dislike for each other. There was loads of social media drama between the 2. But because the match has progressed, the pair of poker professionals appeared to have mended any issues they as soon as had.
Tuesday morning, Polk complimented Negreanu on how a lot his heads-up technique has improved in simply the few months they’ve been taking part in one another.
I gotta say @RealKidPoker is taking part in simply evening and day higher than initially of the problem. I nonetheless suppose I’ve the sting however I would not be shocked if its fairly low at this level. Gotta give credit score the place credit score is due.
— Doug “Truck Driver” Polk (@DougPolkVids) January 12, 2021
— Matt Glantz (@MattGlantz) January 12, 2021
In post-game interviews on the GGPoker YouTube channel, Negreanu has been open in regards to the work he has put into his sport. At the beginning of the match, Negreanu was solely utilizing two totally different wager sizes. After just a few months of just about solely taking part in heads-up no-limit maintain’em, and in depth work along with his coaches, he at the moment makes use of a number of totally different sizes, making it a a lot harder technique for Polk to counter.
Polk and Negreanu will proceed their match Friday afternoon. They will proceed to play periods each Monday, Wednesday and Friday till the 25,000 fingers are accomplished.