Get ready for a long anticipated rematch! Kid Poker and Doug Polk with throw down once again in another high-stakes, heads-up battle. This time the venue will be the Aria Casino in Las Vegas for the latest round of PokerGo's High Stakes Duel 4.
The next chapter of the Polk/Negreanu saga will take place on August 24. Each player will pony up $100,000 in a winner-take-all affair. A winner is declared after someone wins two matches in a row and the loser opts out of a rematch.
Daniel Negreanu picked off casino owner Eric Persson in the first round of High Staks Duel 4, and there will not be a rematch after Negreanu banked $50,000 profit. Negreanu was waiting for the next challenger and Doug Polk s ready to battle his nemesis once again.
Negreanu and Polk had a well document spat that escalated and spilled over into social media. The two decided to settle their beef with a high-stakes battle that began live and then migrated online for the conclusion of their 25,000-hand joust two-tabling $300/$600 NL. It took 36 individual rounds to complete 25K hands.
In a Hollywood moment, the two players warmed up to each other and found a mutual respect as real people. The two are not best friends, but they emerged from their battle with a new-found respect for each other. Polk felt that Negreanu was much stronger of a heads-up player than he anticipated, and he made big strides to close the gap as the series progressed. Negreanu was impressed that Polk made adjustments in between each round so Negreanu could not gain an advantage.
"Negreanu did a really impressive job," said Polk. "I didn't think he'd play this well. By the end he was doing so many sharp things. it got harder to bluff him."
"Doug was the better playing going in, made good adjustments throughout, and totally deserved to win," admitted Negreanu. "He got better and better, and sharper. I was definitely unfortunate. I needed to run above expectations to win the match."
The beef was squashed, but it cost Negreanu over $1.2 million to settle their difference.
Although Negreanu lost over seven figures as a 4-to-1 dog, he admitted that he became a better heads-up player thanks to his battles with Polk. At the time, Polk was considered one of the premier heads-up cash game specialists in the world despite the fact he had scaled back his poker playing and had focused on the crypto space and content creation.
Now the two return over two and a half years later for another bout. Can KidPoker enact revenge? Or will Polk continue his dominance over Negreanu?
Tune in to PokerGo on August 24 to find out in the latest installment of High Stakes Duel 4, Round 2.