You missed an exciting one. Doug Polk and Daniel Negreanu's spat might have led to one of the most exciting moments in poker this year during a global pandemic when everything went sideways. Love them or hate them, this high-stakes heads-up match has highlighted the latest trend in televised poker -- heads up for rolls -- that's part soap opera and part UFC fight, but with six-figure swings in the blink of an eye.
Earlier in the year, Phil Galfond threw down the gauntlet with the first of many Galfond Challenges which he did to promote his new website and get back to grinding after diving into the business realm the last few years.
Galfond found himself in a massive hole, but stormed back in an epic comeback against VeniVidi. The insane comeback is what made the Galfond Challenge super exciting to sweat, especially during the earliest stages of the pandemic.
Most recently, Phil Hellmuth and Antonio Esfandiari played heads-up for a special installment of High Stakes Duel, which is a series over at PokerGo. Hellmuth bested Esfandiari in their battle. The Poker Brat played well and even drew accolades from Phil Galfond (who in turn attracted heat from the high stakes community who will always think of Hellmuth as a total clown and jagoff).
So onto the current drama with Daniel Negreanu and Doug Polk slugging it out at $200/$400 NL heads-up with 2 tables at WSOP.com..
During Round 7, Polk took a $222K hit when Negreanu whooped him hard over a lengthy 591 hands session. Negreanu took a +$155K lead. Polk followed up the ugly round with a small losing session. After 8 rounds, Polk was in the hole $179K.
Last Friday, Doug Polk secured a $205K winning session in Round 9 that lasted only 377 hands. At that juncture, they reached nearly 3,800 hands and Doug Polk pulled slightly above even at +$26,371.
"Back in the green," tweeted Polk. "Had some pretty nice cooler spots back the opposite way. Feel like im playing great."
- Total Hands: 4,651
- Current Leader: Polk +$143,996
- Round 7 Hands: 591
- Round 7 Result: Negreanu +$222,832
- Round 8 Hands: 457
- Round 8 Result: Negreanu +$24,156
- Round 9 Hands: 377
- Round 9 Result: Polk +$205,521
- Round 10 Hands: 852
- Round 10 Result: Polk +$117,624
In the latest round, the consensus was that it was the most entertaining. Negreanu lost $117,624 in Round 10 during their longest sesh to date lasting 852 hands. Polk posted his second winning session in a row and extended his lead to $143,996.
The two intend to play before/after Thanksgiving with Round 11 of the High Stakes Feud set for Wednesday, and Round 12 set for Friday.