It's almost time to pick a side between Kid Poker and the Poker Brat. The next installment of High Stakes Duel will be streamed on PokerGo and feature Daniel Negreanu and Phil Hellmuth. The two will meet in a live venue at the Aria at PokerGo studios. In other high-stakes heads-up action, Fedor Holz and Wiktor 'Limitless' Malinowski, the former Polish pro handball player, will also slug it out at nosebleed stakes.
Get ready for a couple of new high-stakes feuds and duels to keep you entertained in the upcoming weeks. Last year, we witnessed one of the craziest comebacks of all-time when Phil Galfond won his first PLO challenge over at Run It Once Poker. At the end of 2020 and spilling over into the new year, the Doug Polk and Daniel Negreanu heads-up battle finally concluded after the two sparred for 25,000 hands and Polk banked $1.5 million.
Negreanu lost seven figures, but he earned a lot of respect from the new-school for not backing down and holding his own against Polk, considered one of the greatest all-time heads-up players. However, the Poker Brat and his massive ego was not one of the pros doling out respect. Kid Poker took umbrage and told the Brat to stick it where the sun don't shine and that the two should duke it out on the felt. Hellmuth finally agreed.
Instead of a 25,000 hand battle online, Hellmuth and Negreanu will play live poker in a brick and mortar situation.
It's funny what time does to people. The Poker Brat and Kid Poker earned their youth-related nicknames because they were the 20-something young guns in Vegas playing against the old guard in the 1990s. Both came into the game of poker and took their shots in Las Vegas at a time when internet had yet to became a part of everyday life. They were the last generation of poker pros that rose to the top ranks and grinded it out on their leather asses in the last years of the 20th Century. They had to grind it out without the benefit of online poker to expedite the learning curve. Both eventually migrated to the internet and held their own int he virtual world, but it's hard to deny that they two do their best work on the real felt and not the virtual felt.
High Stakes Feud continues with a new installment. In the last once, which aired last year on PokerGo, Hellmuth emerged victorious over Antonio Esfandiari after the two met in three different heads-up matches. Galfond said he used to think Hellmuth was a joke but was impressed with the Brat's play, despite the fact that his peers disagreed.
Anyway, Hellmuth and Negreanu will throw down shortly. Stay tuned for exact show times.
Oh, and if you're a fan of Fedor Holz, then the German wunderkind will have a shot at fleecing Limitless. Yes, it should be a fun matchup between Holz and Polish pro Wiktor Malinowski. Malinowski made a name for himself as one of the top team handball players in the world while playing for Team Poland. Many ex-athletes gravitate to poker because of their competitive nature. Limitless was no different.
Last year, Limitless talked a little smack on the Joey Ingram Show when he said he'd play anyone, anytime, anywhere and invited included Holz to take him up on the offer. Six months later, Holz agreed for the showdown.
"Fedor! I'm sitting and waiting for you everyday," said Limitless.
Limitless even challenged two of Holz's students and offered to face all three. Stay tuned for details and a location for Holz/Malinowski.