Polk Up Almost $1 Million in Negreanu Grudge Match

He started the grudge match against Doug Polk as the underdog but nobody expected Daniel Negreanu to lose $1 million

It is fair to say things are not going too well for Daniel Negreanu in his Doug Polk grudge match. The Canadian superstar is in a hole for almost $1 million with a few thousand hands before he can quit.

Negreanu and Polk have a long-running feud that resulted in this grudge match. The poker Goliaths agreed to play $200/$400 heads-up No-Limit Hold’em online to settle matters. Experts installed Polk as a huge favorite and rightly so. Polk is regarded as one of the best heads-up NLHE players of all time, if not the best.

You don’t win almost $1 million but not having a skill advantage. The deck, however, is playing a major role. Polk is running hotter than the sun and seems to always be on the right side of coolers. This is something that sent Negreanu over the edge in their last battle.

Negreanu Approaches $1 Million Loss

GGPoker ambassador Negreanu isn’t short of money, not by any stretch of the imagination. He has more than $42 million in live tournament earnings for a start. He still excels in live cash games and plays for the biggest stakes possible. Winning and losing $1 million in a single hand isn’t alien to Negreanu.

Losing to a superior player or a brilliantly played hand isn’t an issue for Negreanu. It seems, however, he doesn’t handle variance very well, especially prolonged periods where the deck is hitting Polk square in the face.

Polk has enjoyed more than his fair share of cooler hands. Day 16 saw a chunky pot slide Polk’s way. Polk shoved for $29,000 on the river of the 4h-4s-Th-5c-7h board. Negreanu called and showed 6c-3c for a straight but Polk held Jh-8h for a flush.

Negreanu shipped $160,000 on Day 16 and lost a further $101,000 on Day 17.

Day 18, the last time these players have fought, saw Polk win another $173,000. This takes Polk’s winnings ever closer to $1 million. Negreanu looked set for a big pot sliding his way when his aces were up against Polk’s kings. A king on the flop gifted Polk a set.

The icing on the cake came when Negreanu got his stack in with ace-king only to run into Polk’s aces. The $117,000 pot went to Polk and Negreanu went into meltdown.

Continued Coolers Send Negreanu Into Meltdown

Continued losses out of Negreanu’s control sent him into a meltdown in the post-match interview. Negreanu is finding being in a $1 million hole difficult to take.

“What the f**k’s going on? Do I have to start every motherfu**ing, c*cksucking session flopping or turning a motherfu**ing straight…when he f**ing makes a flush? What the f**k dude? I have trips, he has a fu**ing flush, I turn a straight, he makes a fu**ing flush! I pick up ace-king…maybe one fu**ing time this guy could not hold, with aces in a cooler spot?”

This isn’t the first time Negreanu has embarked on an expletive-filled rant. Twitch issued a temporary ban to Negreanu during the WSOP.com online festival this summer. Negreanu took exception to comments made about his wife, Amanda, and gave it to the commenter with both barrels.

What Lies Ahead in This Battle?

This epic battle is set to last at least 25,000 hands but there’s scope for more. Negreanu stated he’s prepared to play 100,000 hands, perhaps to even out the variance, but that’s unlikely.

The pair agreed on a number of rules before battle commenced. Either player can quit at the halfway mark of 12,500 hands. Everyone in poker is urging Negreanu to do that, especially being $1 million down, but it’s unlikely too.

There’s no way Negreanu waves the white flag and hands victory to Polk. He may have done this under different circumstances, but not in a grudge match. Can you imagine the fallout if Negreanu threw in the towel? Polk would have a field day, as would Negreanu’s detractors.

Continuing the fight, hoping to run better, and claw back some of that $1 million is Negreanu’s only realistic option right now.

Matthew Pitt

Matthew Pitt

If it’s something you can play online for real money, chances are Matthew knows a bit about it. He’s been writing about slots, craps and poker for the better part of the last decade. He’s written for PokerNews, PartyPoker and many other respected online gambling websites during the last nine years.


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