On the first day of February, two men slugged it out during a marathon-like session in high stakes feud between Daniel Negreanu and Doug Polk. The two were burned out playing heads-up $200/$400 NL and wanted to get this lengthy and arduous challenge done this week with 3,700 hands remaining and Kid Poker trailing by nearly $737K.
"We're both looking forward this thing to being over," said Kid Poker.
The extended session, Round 35 overall, allowed the two to play deeper stacks. Polk jumped out to an early lead and chipped up to +$200K as he flirted with the 1M mark once again. But Negreanu alligator-blooded his way back.
Once the two reached the 5-hour mark, the two pulled even. KidPoker found himself down $200K at one point, but he stormed back and wiped out his earlier losses to get even. It looked like the two would pause the action until Wednesday but after a short (piss) break, the two were back at it.
When they passed the sixth hour, Polk was up $50K through 1778 hands as they reached the 23K mark at 9pm Vegas time or Midnight East Coast time. They had just 2,000 hands to go. Would they eat Adderall and keep it up all night?
Then Polk struck against another Kid Poker King-Jack hand. Polk dragged a
$111K pot with 6-5 against King-Jack when he backdoored a straight. They quit right after. They logged 1,976 hands on the day in which Kid Poker dropped $209K.
"A lot of cooler hands," explained Negreanu in the post-session interview. "When you take beats, it builds character. And I took a lot of beats."
At the end of last week, Polk squashed any inkling of a Polk/Negreanu II.
"I am not going to play a rematch," tweeted Polk. "There has been a lot of talk about this, its simply not going to happen. I'm way too burned out from all of the study/prep/play and don't enjoy the game. I also want to have some flexibility to not have to be in Nevada for the next 4-5 months."
- Total Hands: 23,282
- Current Leader: Polk +$950,500
- Round 35 Hands: 1,976
- Results: Polk +$209,281
Oh, and Polk has zero desire to play multiple opponents like Phil Galfond did with seven players battling him at PLO in the Galfond Challenge. Polk specifically did not want to play the deep-pocketed Dan Bilzerian and Bill Perkins.
"I'm not interested in playing either of them. I don't think I'd play either of them at even money much less pay vig," said Polk.