The first 200 arms of the extremely anticipated heads-up grudge match between Doug Polk and Daniel Negreanu didn’t appear like a lot of a grudge match in any respect. It regarded like a pleasant dwelling sport between two longtime associates.
The match itself, which performed the primary 200 of the 25,000-hand problem dwell on the Aria Wednesday night, was uneventful a lot of the match, with neither participant swinging up or down far more than a buy-in.
During the final 30 arms of the match, nevertheless, a well-timed triple barrel bluff by Negreanu and a few poorly timed river bluffs from Polk led to Negreanu profitable $117,000 on the night time. The last 24,800 arms will probably be performed on WSOP.com, which can begin match at this time at 2:30 pm PT.
But the principle takeaway from many poker professionals on social media was that it was stunning how pleasant the 2 had been to at least one one other.
Whoever thought dnegs/polk ought to be head to head didnt think about that these 2 would clam up and be respectable.
— Melissa Burr (@burrrrrberry) November 5, 2020
Doug and Daniel going to get a past burger after this match and sweat the election collectively huh? Sickening
— jmo (@cuntycakes123) November 5, 2020
I feel the final 200 arms ought to be a cage match who’s with me
— Ryan Fee (@RyanFeePoker) November 5, 2020
There had been loads of others that echoed an analogous sentiment. Polk and Negreanu confirmed up, had been very cordial with each other, and had nice dialog all through the match. All that occurred regardless of a really adversarial historical past each on social media and in dwell tournaments.
During each the 2017 World Series of Poker One Drop and on the 2018 Super High Roller Bowl, Polk donned a t-shirt with the phrase “More Rake is Better” printed on the entrance. The shirt was a needle on the then PokerStars-sponsored Negreanu, who defended the location’s rake enhance on the time.
During each of these tournaments, the 2 had been seated on the identical desk and there was seen distaste for each other. There had been an analogous historical past on social media the place the 2 would take photographs at each other on Twitter and use their YouTube channels to commerce blows as effectively.
This time was totally different. They sat down and simply performed poker with none controversy with Negreanu ending up on high by the tip of the night time.
I used to be completely happy that regardless of our historical past, and with all of the divisiveness within the nation proper now, that @DougPolkVids and I might be civil and placed on a present that the poker group may each be happy with and benefit from the fireworks.
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— Daniel Negreanu (@RealKidPoker) November 5, 2020
Negreanu obtained out to an early lead within the $200-$400 no-limit maintain’em match, up about $30,000, however Polk topped off his stack twice and evened out the match, even taking a slight lead. On the one hundred and seventieth hand of the match, Negreanu raised the button with Okay9 and Polk three-bet with AQ.
Negreanu put in a four-bet to $9,600 and fired all three streets culminating in a $34,000 river shove on a J10364 runout. Polk folded and Negreanu moved into the lead for good.
Two bluffs from Polk obtained snapped off, which cemented his six-figure gap. On the 193rd hand of the match, Polk raised the button with QJ and Negreanu three-bet 106 from the massive blind.
Negreanu flopped journeys on a Okay66 flop and wager $1,600. Negreanu check-called a $7,600 wager on the 8d flip and check-called a virtually $44,000 river shove on the two river.
Commentator Ali Nejad known as it a “nightmare finish” for Doug Polk, who hopped on social media after the match and mentioned he noticed extra individuals making an attempt to wager on him to win.
“I go on reddit/2+2 and all the posts are how owned I got and then I go on twitter and all the posts I see are people trying to bet more money on me lol,” tweeted Polk.