After being down almost seven-figures to Doug Polk, poker legend Daniel Negreanu received a number of buy-ins over the previous few periods of their high-stakes grudge match to complete the 12 months down barely greater than $770,000 as their battle reaches its midway level.
Just a number of weeks in the past, Polk was up greater than $957,000 by means of 9,950 arms heading into their session on Friday, Dec. 11. Up to that time, the final consensus was that Negreanu was operating poorly, having been on the incorrect finish of a number of coolers, even by Polk’s admission.
But Negreanu received $143,642 over 834 arms in a marathon session to chop Polk’s result in simply over 20 buy-ins. After Negreanu’s victory, the duo took a while off to play the web portion of the $10,000 World Series of Poker essential occasion however got here again on Dec. 21 to play three extra periods earlier than the 12 months’s finish.
The six-time WSOP bracelet winner received one other $117,962 on Dec. 21 to deliver the deficit under $700,000, however Polk received almost all of that again of their penultimate session on Dec. 23. After a break for the vacations, Polk and Negreanu performed one closing session on Dec. 28, whereas the WSOP essential occasion home closing desk started.
Negreanu received roughly a buy-in value about $40,000 within the closing session of 2020 earlier than stopping precisely at hand #12,500. Through the midway level of their 25,000-hand match of $200-$400 heads-up no-limit maintain ’em, Polk is main by $770,254.
“We kind of thought it made sense to stop at the halfway point and readjust,” stated Negreanu after the match on the official GGPoker YouTube stream. “See if we want to continue playing or not. It’s kind of a good time because our next match isn’t until Jan. 4 and we can decide will the match continue?”
When the 2 agreed to phrases on the match, they agreed to permit for the shedding participant to stop in the event that they wished to. With Negreanu down barely greater than 19 buy-ins, he has the choice to cease enjoying and reduce his losses, if he desires.
When requested if he was going to maintain going, Negreanu appeared optimistic and made it appear to be the present would go on.
“If it’s a football game at the half, if you were down 49-0 against a really good team, you might go ‘You know what, guys? Let’s pack it in for the second half. Let’s not get out there. Let’s go have some beers.’ But I don’t think it’s quite that bad,” stated Negreanu. “It’s 19-0. He’s up 19 points. Three touchdowns is what I need and that’s essentially what three big winning sessions could look like. If you play longer sessions, you can win 10, 12, 15 buy-ins, especially as the stacks get deeper. I’m going to have to run really hot to win the match, but he did that in the first half. As the match went longer, I started playing better and better. The version of me today is not the same version of me in the first week.”
In a tweet selling the Upswing Poker stream of the match, Polk additionally made it look like the pair could be enjoying extra heads-up poker in 2021.
(No, he will not.)
— Doug “Truck Driver” Polk (@DougPolkVids) December 28, 2020
Despite Negreanu profitable a buy-in again of their most up-to-date session, Polk was within the driver’s seat for almost all of it, profitable greater than three buy-ins earlier than operating a few huge bluffs.
With $20,000 within the center and the board studying AJ974, Negreanu checked and Polk moved all in for about $60,000 with 82. Negreanu shortly referred to as and confirmed the nut straight to take one of many largest pots of the match. He received a number of extra pots and ended the day within the inexperienced.
— UpswingPoker (@UpswingPoker) December 28, 2020
The bluff was so huge, it triggered just a little uproar on social media with four-time bracelet winner Shaun Deeb needling Polk that it was all a setup to maintain Negreanu enjoying the second half of the match.
Polk later defended the bluff on social media, claiming that he ran the conditions by means of solvers and came upon that the one mistake he made will not be bluffing these arms sufficient.
Nice to see @DougPolkVids punting right this moment to verify Daniel has a profitable session and doesn’t stop at 12.5k arms
— shaun deeb (@shaundeeb) December 29, 2020
It’s extremely unlikely that Deeb’s accusation is true and in addition appears extremely unlikely that Polk and Negreanu received’t proceed their high-stakes battle on Jan. 4.