February 6, 2021
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Doug Polk and Daniel Negreanu have finally completed a lengthy heads-up poker challenge. So let's watch the action from start to finish.
The poker pros played exactly 25,000 hands of $ 200 / $ 400 heads-up no-limit hold & # 39; em on WSOP.com. They started the game in early November and completed it last Wednesday. In the end, Polk closed the company with a profit of $ 1.2 million on 30 buy-ins.
The win was pretty convincing and left no doubt who the better heads-up player is. Granted, almost everyone expected Polk to lead to victory based on his heads-up experience. Despite the seven-figure loss, Negreanu was actually more competitive than expected.
Underdog shines in the early stages
Negreanu and Polk played all but one of 36 sessions online. The first match – 200 hands – took place on November 4th at PokerGo in the PokerGo Studio in Las Vegas. "DNegs" shone in the only live session, surprisingly winning more than $ 110,000.
After the challenge turned to the internet, Polk took control and won the next two sessions for a total of $ 385,000. But Negreanu would jump back and dominate for the next two weeks. He booked four wins in five sessions, totaling $ 447,000, and took the lead again.
It was at this point that Polk realized that he was facing a tougher fight than he expected. But he didn't have to panic and still felt that he had a great advantage. Variance is a short term factor in poker.
As of day 9, when he posted a profit of $ 205,521, Polk would completely dominate the rest of the competition except for a few tough outings. By day 18, the founder of Upswing Poker had risen to just under $ 1 million as the center quickly approached.
Negreanu had the chance to surrender without penalty with 12,500 hands. He considered doing so, but decided to keep playing because he believed that much of the deficit was due to bad luck.
For a while, Negreanu seemed to have made the right decision to keep playing. He won seven out of eight sessions, but most were for small amounts (two buy-ins for less). While he was able to cut a fair chunk of Polk's lead, he was still more than $ 500,000 behind.
In the last 10 sessions, Polk won eight of them, including $ 298,984 on day 30, $ 209,281 on day 35, and $ 255,722 in the final. In between, Negreanu won $ 390,032 on Day 31, the highest score for either player.
Statistics from the challenge
Polk won 30 buy-ins ($ 1.2 million) over 25,000 hands. But Negreanu won 17 of the 36 sessions, which is a bit of a surprise given the one-sided bottom line.
Upswing Poker, Polk's training ground, tracked every hand that resulted in a pot of $ 80,000 or more. Of those 192 pots, 68 were for over $ 100,000 and five had over $ 170,000 in the middle.
We've all followed 192 $ 80,000 pots from Polk vs Negreanu.
68 was $ 100,000 +
11 was $ 150,000 +
5 were $ 170,000 +
Check them out here: https: //t.co/FE0ijknuBv pic.twitter.com/mHT72onULz
– UpswingPoker (@UpswingPoker) February 5, 2021
Oddly enough, Negreanu won the three largest pots in the Challenge and seven of the nine largest. On Day 30, the session where he actually lost nearly $ 300,000, he made a $ 187,198 pot with a straight against Polk's failed bluff.
On a board at J-9-5-7, Negreanu, who checked the flop back into position, made a pot-size bet ($ 3,598) and Polk check-raised to $ 20,675 and got a call. The 2 landed on the river and Polk continued his aggression, putting Negreanu all in for $ 71,126.
"DNegs" snapped the ice cold nuts (10-8) while Polk showed Q-8 for a failed bluff. On the next hand, Polk took down a $ 60,000 pot to get a discount on the previous hand.
After all was said and done, the longtime feud professionals gained respect for one another. Polk commended Negreanu for undertaking such a difficult task, a full 180 out of his mind before the challenge.
Semi-pro poker player with 17 years of experience in the felt and more than five years as a professional poker medium.
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