One of the hottest heads up duels of 2020 is taking shape
When Doug Polk and Daniel Negreanu started discussing a heads-up resentment match and pushing each other on Twitter, many rolled their eyes as all skeptics expected it to be just hot air.
However, it seems that things are now taking shape.
Both parties finally agreed to the terms, including a start date for the game.
The two players agreed to meet on November 1st to play two tables of no-limit hold’em of $200 / $400. Negreanu said he hoped to play at GGPoker if there are proper play money tables, but announced on Tuesday that things are likely to move to WSOP.com.
Both players can play 100 big blinds deep with auto-reload if any of them falls below that number. Each session will last at least two hours, both of which have the option of extending the session by a few hours.
Since heads-up tables typically use more than 150 hands per hour, the game should last around 80 hours, possibly more if the pace turns out to be slow.
At the halftime mark of 12,500, the loser can wave the flag. Alternatively, both players can raise the blinds at this point.
Both agreed that the game should be streamed with comments – they referred to “Conversations with Mori and Brent.” So it sounds like some coverage will go live on Poker Central, with Mori Eskandani and Brent Hanks as commentators.
Negreanu declined to reveal his hole cards.
“I don’t see how it makes any sense,” he said in a recent podcast appearance. “It seems like it would be a massive mistake. “I’m not gonna give him cards up, the capability to dissect my betting percentages and stuff like that so he and his team can break it down.”
“I don’t see how it makes any sense,” he said in a recent podcast appearance. “It seems like it would be a massive mistake. “I’m not gonna give him cards up, the capability to dissect my betting percentages and stuff like that so him and his team can break it down.”
But he also agreed to an unspecified “inspection” to make sure he was not using Real-Time Assistance (RTA).
Two good players but very different
While both Negreanu and Polk are known for their titanic achievements, they built their success in very different ways.
Although Negreanu emerged as a cash player in the 1990s, he is well-known as one of the best tournament players of all time. While his 41 recorded live first-place placements can attest to heads-up play, this is precisely not the type of game he is known for, but he has enjoyed tremendous success so far.
For Polk, while he once built a full-ring grinder bankroll as a “WCGRider” at PokerStars, he would have been just another anonymous mid-stakes pro if he hadn’t switched to heads-up games in 2009. Polk became one of the most successful heads-up cash players in history after beating the legendary Ben Sulsky in a famous heads-up match.
Given Polk’s vast experience in heads-up no-limit hold’em, it’s no surprise that PokerShares named him a clear favorite.
Even so, Negreanu has been a veteran in the game, and undoubtedly has access to players and resources that can become competitive.
As for Polk, he tried to shake off the rust after leaving the industry. He started playing a few medium stakes games online and worked his way back up to the high limits.
However, it took him 30,000 hands to get back in the green after losing more than 3,000 blinds initially, which he showed in a graph he shared. A subsequent push towards $50/$ 100 also went badly as Polk claims to have lost $100,000.
We are looking forward to this very interesting heads-up duel!