NEGREANU-POLK CENTRAL (Day 36): Series Comes to a Close With Another Big Polk Win, Finishes Up $1.2 Million

February 6, 2021
NEGREANU-POLK CENTRAL (Day 36): Series Comes to a Close With Another Big Polk Win, Finishes Up $1.2 Million

After 92 days and 36 sessions, the High Stakes Feud between Daniel Negreanu and Doug Polk came to an end on Wednesday. After another Polk win of almost $256,000, Polk scored $1.2 million in the series.

Polk came into the series as a favorite and there was plenty of drama along the way. In the end however, bth players showed each other some respect and seemed to end on a positive note.

For the rest of the Day 36 action, check out the updates just below the links. This page follows the action of the Daniel Negreanu-Doug Polk matchup as it plays out over the next few weeks.

The High Stakes Feud kicked off on Nov. 4 with live play on PokerGo and then shifted online. Here are all the match details and updates.

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Tracking the action on the felt

Day 36: Feb. 3 – Tensions ease as series ends with Polk win

The High Stakes Feud between Doug Polk and Daniel Negreanu came to a close on Wednesday. Polk dominated the second half of the series and the only question remaining is would he officially top $1 million.

That was answered in a big way. When the final hand was dealt, Polk scored another $255,722 over 1,718 hands. The win moved his total to about $1.2 million in a session that lasted just under six hours.

Despite the recent drama, it also seemed like animosity between the two players had melted away. On Tuesday, Polk said he’d actually be willing to sit in with Polk on a podcast and discuss hands.

The good will carried over to discussing hands played during the series. As he did in Monday’s post match interview, Polk was complimentary of his opponent.

When it came to the action on the felt, there weren’t a ton of early fireworks. The two shifted chips back and forth, staying about even for the first half-hour.

Things then shifted a bit in Kid Poker’s direction. Negreanu caught a nice $37,000 pot after Polk rivered a straight. However, Negreanu rivered a flush and took one of the first major pots.

At the same time on the other table, Negreanu won with a full house for another $26,000. Shortly afterward, Negrenau won a $45,000 pot with a river jam all-in on a board of 73887♠. Polk went into the tank before eventually folding.

Polk battles back again to close the show

It looked as if Negreanu might find a nice day to close the series. After the first hour, Negreanu found a lead of a bit more than $100,000.

Polk then found some of his own big pots. At the 90-minute mark, Polk moved all in for $34,000 on a board of 7J1069♣.

Negreanu thought a bit before calling with top pair, showing J♣8♠. But Polk showed Q♣8♣ for a rivered flush and took a pot of more than $80,000.

Polk added a few more big river over-bets as well to take some more pots. At about the two-hour mark, Polk won a $28,000 pot and followed that up right after with another big one.

After Negreanu raised to $1,100, Polk made it $3,600. Negreanu called and the flop came 7♣10♥A♣ with Polk betting $7,700. That received a call and the turn brought the A♥.

Polk checked and Negreanu bet $9,200. Polk called and the river brought the 7♥. Both players checked and Polk showed K♥9♥ for a backdoor flush and a $41,000 pot.

Despite some of those losses, Negreanu led by about $130,000 at the halfway point. That climbed as high as $150,000 but another late surge by Polk changed things.

Another interesting hand saw Polk raise to $900 and then a Negreanu three-bet to $4,000. Polk then put in a four-bet to $12,000 and Negreanu made the call.

With $24,000 already in the pot, they saw a flop of 2♦10♦Q♣. Both players checked and the 8♦ fell on the turn. Negreanu checked and Polk did as well. The river produced the J♣ and both players checked again. Negreanu’s 5♦5♣ fell to Polk’s A♦A♣.

Another hand in the third hour saw Negreanu the victim of some tough luck, losing when both players held Ace-King.

 

Inside the 36th day of action

By the end of the fourth hour, most of Negreanu’s lead was gone. One late hand saw a board of 254KK♠ with $42,000 already in the pot. Polk bet about $14,000 and Negreanu went in the tank.

Negreanu eventually called and Polk showed 10♥10♣ for a $70,000 pot. Once again, much of the second half of the match just seemed to go Polk’s way.

That’s been a common theme of late and carried over to the final day of the series. With his score of $255,722, Polk ended the series above the million-dollar mark.

The favorite coming into the series, Polk ended averaging about a $33,000 win per session. On the Upswing Poker stream afterward, Polk said he felt a mix of joy and relief.

“That is a wrap,” he said. “I am feeling pretty solid. We finished it today.

“I’m very happy that I spent so much time preparing. I felt it really ended up helping me tremendously and I got to execute at such a high level over such a long period of time.”

The series began on Nov. 4 and Polk hadn’t played poker in over a year prior to the series. He had to completely refresh and develop a team and strategy behind the scenes. That paid off with a nice seven-figure score.

For his part, Negreanu was also pleased the series came to an end. He gave plenty of credit to his opponent as well.

“First of all, congratulations to Doug,” he said on the GGPoker stream. “He’s obviously a great player, the favorite going in. It was a fun challenge.

“There were ebbs and flows, of course, in terms of how I felt about it. But in the end, he’s happy as the big winner in the match, deservedly so, he played well – no question about that.”

Negreanu didn’t want to discuss luck involved in the match or variance. Instead he tried to focus on the match and noted “today was tough to deal with.”

Looking back, Polk said Negreanu improved throughout the match and would beat most players heads-up who weren’t pros who specialize in that form of the game.

“By the end,” he noted, “I think he became a solid heads-up player.”

More challenges to come?

The match may have come to an end, but there are already rumblings of other high-profile matchups. There have been rumors Phil Galfond would like to play Negreanu.

After winning twice heads-up against Antonio Esfandiari on PokerGO, Phil Hellmuth has also been mentioned.

For his part, Polk seems headed back to life away from poker. He’s said there wouldn’t be a rematch and that poker bores him again.

In his last post-match interview, Polk gave one last nod to his opponent for accepting the challenge.

“I just have to give a lot of credit to Daniel for the amount of hours, time, and effort that he put in to improve here and be able to hang in such a public arena.”

  • Hands played: 25,000
  • Total: Polk up $1.2 million (estimate)

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Day 35: Feb. 1 – Polk chalks up another $209K

There were less than 4,000 hands remaining going into Monday’s session. Negreanu said he hoped to end the series this week.

“Plan to put in a lot of volume this week and try to finish off the last 3,694 hands,” Negreanu noted on Twitter Monday. “That means longer sessions and deeper stacks so we could have some interesting pots!”

That certainly was the case on Monday with plenty of action over seven hours of play. That saw Polk book another $209,281 over 1,976 hands, which had to be a challenge for streaming commentators. The remaining question may be whether Polk can top the million-dollar mark.

While the session length may not have been the most viewer friendly, there were plenty of huge hands. Both players got stacked several times.

The action started quickly with both players all in early with holding QQ♦ and Negreanu with A♦Q♣. Negreanu got no help on the board and Polk picked up an $82,000 pot

Things didn’t go well early for Negreanu and he noted some interesting losing hands on Twitter.

By the end of the first hour, Polk was up about $150,000. A full house helped Negreanu chip away at that lead.

After raising to $1,100 from the button, Polk quickly made it $3,800. Negreanu called and the flop brought 7♣5♥5♣.

Polk bet $2,100 and Negreanu made the call. The 4♣ fell on the turn and Polk checked. Negreanu bet $4,800 and Polk called. The river brought the 7♦ and Polk checked.

Negreanu bet just over $32,000 and received a call, collecting an $86,000 pot with A♠7♥. By the halfway point, Negreanu was behind only about $25,000.

Polk catches a set

Despite that rally, Polk continued finding big pots. At the 3:20 mark, Negreanu raised to $1,000 and Polk three-bet to $4,100.

Negreanu then put in a four-bet to $1,000. The flop brought Q♥7♣4♠, Polk checked, Negreanu et $5,400.

After a Polk call, the 10♦ came on the turn and Negreanu put out $9,700. After Polk called again, the 6♠ came on the river.

Both players checked and Polk showed 6♦6♣, rivering a set and winning the $51,800 pot. Negreanu’s hand wasn’t exposed but that river 6♠ may have bailed Polk out.

However, Polk may have had the best hand all along. In this heads-up challenge, it’s never a certainty either way.

Inside the 35th day of action

By the fifth hour, Polk’s lead was back to around $170,000. He offered some extra needling by posting in the Upstream Poker YouTube stream chat box during play.

Later in the session, Polk added to his “victory lap” by offering his own live commentary on the stream. He added some Instagram and Twitter posts as well – quite the poker multi-tasker.

By the end of play, Polk had booked yet another win. Negreanu fought back at times, but a late Polk surge secured his lead.

Kid Poker will be looking to finish up strong this week. He just couldn’t seem to build much momentum on Monday with none of his big draws hitting.

“That was a crazy one,” Negreanu said afterward on the GGPoker stream. “This was the session of trips and full houses. We had a lot of that going on.”

Polk hit a lot of key cards in big river spots, Negreanu said. He was frustrated by some coolers that didn’t go his way. Negreanu said he didn’t feel outmatched or outplayed but missed out on some key pots.

In his post-match interview on Upstream, Polk actually complimented Negreanu’s play.

“Most of the big pots I think he played pretty well,” he said. “I think Negreanu got a lot better over the course of this, he got way better.

For those interested in the math behind the strategy, Polk offered some insight. For preflop betting, he talked about how his team and solvers have determined much of his play.

“For my preflop stuff, I’m just doing specifically what my team prepared,” he said. “There’s no human input. I have no other reason to do it other than my chart says to do it. And I just really trust the guys who made the charts.”

That has paid off and Polk will be looking to expand his lead to $1 million in the last 1,718 hands.

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  • Hands played: 23,282
  • Total: Polk up $946,085.32 
  • Next match: Wednesday, Feb. 3, 5:30 pm ET

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Day 34: Jan. 27 – Match returns to normal with Polk grabbing small win

No more tanking, no more limping. That was the theme for Friday’s session. In a drama-filled week of action, things seemed to return to normal at the poker felt.

This online poker matchup has been one of the biggest events in online poker over the last few months. The series now has just 3,694 hands remaining and Negreanu viewed Friday’s session as a must-win.

That didn’t come in a session that went almost five hours. Polk took a win of $34,856, just short of one buy-in, over 1,384 hands.

And while there wasn’t drama within the session like Wednesday, there were some interesting words on social media. Polk aired some of his views and recent grievances on Twitter (more on that below).

The day’s action started with Negreanu winning $10,000 with a flush over Polk’s flush. Both players had clubs and three more clubs hit the board. A paired board slowed down the action a bit in that one.

A short time later, Polk hit four of a kind for about $14,000. There was plenty of back and forth, but much of the action went Polk’s way in the first half.

By the midway point, Polk was up about $128,000. That included a $110,000 pot with pocket Aces after Negreanu bluffed with A3♣.

Polk’s lead ballooned to as much as $200,000 but Negreanu chipped away at that late in the day. He actually took a small lead with about an hour remaining. 

Negreanu later noted the session was a struggle with few big hands going his way. 

“I just had nothing today,” he said on the GGPoker stream. “I did a good job today of just winning pots when I had nothing.”

Inside the 33rd day of action

The action on the felt has become a bit of a decrescendo as Polk seems to have fully taken command. Negreanu has tried swinging for the fences, but hasn’t hit another home run recently.

After some early-series pleasantries, that has also devolved into some real animosity recently. Polk aired some grievances and views on the match over the last few days.

On Thursday, he posted his belief that Negreanu’s slow play may have violated the WSOP.com terms of service.

“When you play on a site you of course agree to the terms and conditions of the site,” Polk noted. “I would say this is pretty clearly against the rules.”

His screenshot from the officials rules which read: “Maintaining a reasonable pace of play is the responsibility of all players. Players should aim to play at the same pace as other players at the table.”

Whether using most of your time bank each play violates those terms may be an open debate. For more on slow play, see Day 33 below.

A day later, Polk also posted more comments about the match. First he made it clear that there wouldn’t be a rematch.

Other challenges were also ruled out. Polk argued he’d still be a favorite, but that edge has decreased after this series. If Negreanu accepted another challenge, Polk would be interested in coaching his opponent.

Make no mistake about it, I still have an edge,” Polk wrote on Twitter. “But it’s much lower than it was at the start. I’m not going to run this back for even less money after winning buy-ins plus sidebets. Not worth the stress of doing something I don’t enjoy doing.”

  • Hands played: 21,306
  • Total: Polk up +$736,804.09
  • Next match: Monday, Feb. 1, 5:30 pm ET

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Day 33: Jan. 27 – Disagreements mar session with Polk up $136K 

Did the troll get trolled? Was Kid Poker out of line? Those were the questions left for many poker fans after Wednesday’s session.

How the day would go became apparent right away. Negreanu tanked almost every decision to begin the day’s action. The move drastically slowed down the action, a day in which Polk won $136,239 over only 560 hands.

The stalling maneuvers seemed to come after Polk began limping into pots on Monday. Polk noted that it was a way to play “prevent defense” and reduce the number of large pots remaining in the series (see more on that below in Session 32).

The return tactics didn’t sit well with Polk and made for some difficult viewing. The efforts added even more drama to the series.

Polk sat out from the match within the first 10 minutes. That’s a departure from the norm as Negreanu is usually the first to take a break.

Historically, Negreanu hasn’t been a fan of slow play. In the past he’s made his opinions known that tanking is bad for the game, especially in televised events.

One thing is clear, gone are the positive vibes between the two players from earlier in the series. Despite that, Negreanu hinted the series may return to normal from both players on Friday.

 

Less than a half-hour into the session, play paused for 20 minutes as both players spoke with Phil Galfond about the tanking. Galfond has served as mediator in the series to help hash out any disagreement.

The session eventually resumed and Negreanu continued tanking from the button. Both players eliminated the slow play and limping later in the session. 

Back and forth, then Polk surges late

When it came to the action on the felt Wednesday, there was quite a bit of shipping chips back and forth. Negreanu took a small lead on both tables early, but Polk battled back.

Just after the extended break in the action, Polk picked up a nice pot. Negreanu started with a button raise to $1,000 and Polk three-bet to $4,100.

Negreanu called and the flop brought J4A♦. Polk bet $4,200 and received a call before the 9♥ fell on the turn. Polk checked and Negreanu bet $6,600.

That brought a call and the river brought the 3♣. Both checked and Polk’s King-high with K♣Q♠ took down almost a $30,000 pot.

A short time later, Polk snagged a $40,000 pot with 7♥9♦ on board 9♥9♣5♠3♥8♣. Negreanu tabled A♦2♥ after picking up a wheel draw on the turn. The session was close to even after about the first 90 minutes, which includes the break.

Negreanu grabbed a nice pot at about the two-hour mark. With $6,100 in the pot, Polk bet $9,200 on a board of A♠2♣A♣3♠4♣.

This time Negreanu had a nice hand on Polk’s big river over-bet. He tabled K♥5♥ for a straight and $25,000 pot, picking off Polk’s bluff with 9♣6♥.

Going into the last hour, Negreanu held a lead of almost a buy-in ($40,000). He seemed to snag some nice pots in the middle section of the day.

But Polk came alive late. Pocket Kings kick-started that with a $38,000 pot and more wins would follow. Another late hand saw Negreanu three-bet to $4,000 preflop.

The flop brought 9♣8♦J♥ with Negreanu betting $2,200 and Polk making the call. The turn produced the 8♣ and Negreanu fired $8,300.

Polk called and the 4♦ came on the river. Negreanu then moved all in for his last $26,000 and Polk called. Negreanu showed 5♣6♣ with missed straight and flush draws. Polk tabled 8♥10♥ for a set of Eights and he raked $81,000.

Inside the 33rd day of action

The last hour proved critical in this drama-filled session. In a hand review video released Thursday, Negreanu explained his side of the story.

He agreed Polk had the right to implement his limping strategy, but that he also had the right to tank. Negreanu planned for shorter sessions to counter Polk’s efforts and to study more each session.

The new strategy also involved extensive chart usage during play for each hand. He noted that using most of his time bank was within the rules.

“I just really decided to slow down everything so I could really just kind of relax and get into it,” he said in the video, “which is 100 percent totally my right. Obviously an arbitrator can’t really rule against me.”

In his post-match interview on Upstream Poker, Polk expressed his frustration and didn’t equate limping to stalling. He said Negreanu’s tactics weren’t in the “spirit of the challenge” and that it was “completely outrageous.”

“I get that this is a lot of money and I get that it’s annoying against a limp,” he said. “So if he needed to take a bunch of time versus limping, that’s cool.

“But then to also take 20 seconds to open your button, it’s extremely clear what you’re doing. Everyone knows what you’re doing. What you’re doing here is you’re trying to (extend) this out and make each session as few hands as possible, so you can do your study on it, so you can waste my time, so you can do whatever to delay things.

“You’re trying to basically extend this out as long as possible to buy yourself time.”

Friday’s session will certainly be interesting. Many will be tuning in to see not just who wins, but also if more drama remains.

  • Hands played: 19,922
  • Total: Polk up $701,948.13
  • Next match: Friday, Jan. 29, 5:30 pm ET

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Day 32: Jan. 25 – Negreanu adds another win

Negreanu continued his upward trend on Monday, winning just over a buy-in in about a two-hour session. He scored $46,855 over 438 hands and has shaved more than $400,000 off Polk’s lead in a week.

Polk came out firing early with a four-bet right away. The flop brought 573♥ with Polk betting $4,200 from the button. Negreanu called and the river brought the 5♣.

Both players checked and the river was the J♦. Negreanu checked as did Polk, who tabled A♥K♠ to Negreanu’s A♦Q♥. Polk took the $29,000 pot.

Polk began limping from the button on Monday – effectively limiting some of the action. The move is a way to preserve his lead. Side action may also be in play as Polk hopes to preserve a lead.

After that first big hand, the two traded chips quite a bit. The action seemed more subdued with Polk simply calling from the button quite a bit. His effort to limit pot sizes seemed apparent.

At about the hour mark, Polk raised to $1,000 and Negreanu made it $4,000. Polk four-bet to $10,000 and Negreanu moved it all in.

Polk quickly called and the  flop came 3♦4♣A♦ giving Polk top pair but Negreanu a set. The Q♥ fell on the turn and the K♣ on the river. The hand shipped Negreanu a pot of $105,000 and he held a $68,000 lead just past the halfway point.

Negreanu lands flush, Polk rallies

At the 90-minute mark, Polk four-bet the action to $10,000 and the two players saw a flop of 4♦6♦4♠. Negreanu checked and Polk bet $4,800.

After a call, the turn brought the 8♠. Negreanu checked again and Polk fired $11,000. Negreanu called and the river brought the 10♠.

Negreanu again checked and Polk checked behind. Negreanu tabled A♠J♠ after hitting the nut flush on the river. He took down about $56,000 after trying to set a trap for his opponent.

Polk snagged some of his own pots later in the match and occasional river shoves continued paying off. Polk found a nice pot late in the session. After a raise to $1,000 from the button, Polk three-bet to $4,100.

Negreanu called and the flop came 10♦6♥2♣. Polk put out a $4,100 bet and Negreanu called. The J♠ fell on the turn and Polk fired $10,000. 

After Negreanu called, the 3♦ fell on the river and Polk moved all in for his last $22,000. Negreanu went into the tank and eventually called showing A♦10♠.

However, Polk held K♣J♣ and his pair of Jacks took an $81,000 pot.

Inside the 32nd day of action

Monday’s action just seemed like a session where one player would end up about a buy-in or less. The chips shipped back and forth much of the day with fewer fireworks than in recent days.

Gone were the huge pots and big stacks from Friday’s action that saw Negreanu score almost $400,000. With big money wagered on himself, Polk hopes to make sure he books a win with a more conservative approach.

Polk said he was trying to lower his variance and play with less variance as the series approaches its conclusion. He used a football analogy to show where he’s at in the challenge.

“We’re playing prevent defense,” he said on the Upstream Poker stream. “We’re trying to keep (the offense) in front. We can give up some first downs, it’s okay. But we’re just trying not to let them score. We can’t have another minus $400K session. It would just put this way too close.”

Negreanu feels he can take advantage of the new strategy from his opponent.

“It’s clear to me that there’s fear and concern about losing that lead,” Negreanu said on the GGPoker stream afterward.

“I can’t imagine he enjoys playing the way he did today.”

For Negreanu, he’ll just hope to stay the course chipping away at Polk’s lead. Smaller pots and fewer opportunities may make a comeback difficult.

  • Hands played: 19,362
  • Total: Polk up $565,708.96
  • Next match: Wednesday, Jan. 27, 5:30 pm ET

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Day 31: Jan. 22 – Huge day for Negreanu revives his chances in challenge

Just three days ago, the prospects of Negreanu getting back in this series seemed unlikely. He’d lost four sessions in a row and was down $1 million for the first time in the series.

However, on Friday the Negreanu train rolled through with a huge score of $390,032 over 1,046 hands. That put him back in the series with the biggest day by either player in the series.

Things started out quickly for Negreanu in what was almost a five-hour session again. The early action saw a standard raise to $900 from Polk with Negreanu’s three-bet to $4,000. 

The flop brought QJ7♣ and Negreanu fired $3,200. The 3♥ fell on the turn after Polk called. This time Negreanu bet big for $9,600 and Polk called.

The river brought the 9♥ and Negreanu let some time tick away before moving all in for $22,000. Polk snap called and showed J♦9♠, but Negreanu tabled J♣J♠ for trips and took an $81,000 pot. The hand brought Negreanu a nice lead only a few minutes into the series.

Polk got much of that back a few minutes later when both players saw a board with three spades. Negreanu held 2♠7♠ but Polk had the 9♠6♠ for a bigger flush. Polk actually held a small lead after the first hour.

But many of the big pots on the day would head Negreanu’s way. Just past two hours, both players got it all in with Negreanu’s pocket Aces versus Polk’s pocket 7♣7♦. Negreanu picked up $64,000 in that exchange.

Quads send massive pot to Negreanu

At the halfway point, Negreanu held a lead of about $160,000. He seemed to be a man on a mission Friday, as if the session was a must-win if he hoped to continue.

That mindset paid off. He ran well and played well. Some key calls paid off and some aggressive river shoves also sent him some chips.

Negreanu seemed to have the Midas touch and after four hours was up more than $400,000. Polk found a few pots late to slice into that. However, a key hand in the last hour kept his huge day rolling.

The action started with Negreanu raising to $1,000 and Polk making it $4,100. The flop brought A♥8♥J♣ and Polk bet $5,500. Negreanu raised to $12,600 and his opponent three-bet to $20,000.

That brought an all-in shove from Negreanu. Polk showed A♦J♦ but was in rough shape against Negreanu’s 8♠8♦. The turn added the 8♣ for quads and Negreanu raked $110,000.

Going for the home run

Facing seven figures in the red, Negreanu needed a huge day – a home run in the ninth inning. That certainly came through and he now has a real chance to recover after erasing 40% of his deficit.

After Wednesday’s loss, Negreanu felt he had two options. He could play small pots and try to finish out the series with minimal additional losses. Or he could go “balls to the wall and play like a complete jackass,” he said on the GGPoker stream.

Negreanu chose the latter and said he was all in in numerous spots hoping for folds. He reverted to instinct and seems to have made it work.

“I needed an insane win,” he said. “He just bombed me in the last session, just absolutely murdered me, and it didn’t look good being down 25 buy-ins. So I needed something big because we’re getting close to being done.”

Inside the 31st day of action

With only 6,000 hands remaining, poker fans can expect only about six to nine sessions remaining. The matches have averaged around 700-800 hands lately.

Negreanu hoped to average about one buy-in per session to get back in the series in the second half. But getting even seemed near impossible after Wednesday’s action.

Friday’s win certainly changes that. Considering the number of sessions remaining, Negreanu needs to average a win of about two buy-ins ($80,000) to even up or snag a small victory.

Getting there won’t be easy. Polk was a bit frustrated on a day where nothing seemed to go his way.

“We had the biggest single loss of either (player} of the entire challenge today,” Polk noted on Twitter. “Really, really tough spots throughout. Lots of really shitty situations where we had reasonable bluff catching candidates.”

However, Polk doesn’t get ratted and seems to leave emotion completely out of his game. He works extremely hard to adapt and fine tune his skills. No doubt it will be a busy weekend at Team Polk headquarters.

  • Hands played: 18,924
  • Total: Polk up $612,563.46
  • Next match: Monday, Jan. 25, 5:30 pm ET

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Day 30: Jan. 20 – Polk reaches $1 million mark

The $1 million dam broke on Wednesday in this high-stakes series. Polk won his fourth straight session, scooped $298,985 over 770 hands, and topped the million-dollar mark for the first time.

The day’s session also brought plenty of multitasking from Polk. He Tweeted several screenshots of hands throughout the session.

The hands featured some of his winning hands with strong hands – “getting lucky.” Others featured Negreanu getting fortunate and catching cards to win hands. All the talk of getting lucky lately seems to have annoyed Polk.

 

The Tweeting was even featured on GGPoker’s stream of the coverage. A bit of social media bravado only added to the day’s action.

Polk takes command of session

It was a huge day for Team Polk in a marathon session that lasted almost five hours. Negreanu started well, snagging an early pot of $55,000 with a full house.

Polk began the hand with pocket Queens, but a river 10 bailed Negreanu out. Polk was quick to note how “lucky” he was on that one.

Negreanu jumped to an early $40,000 lead. Polk’s aggression began proving difficult, however, and he took a few nice pots of his own.

Picking off a big Negreanu bluff also scored Polk a $46,000 pot. The hand began with Polk raising to $900 and Negreanu making it $4,000.

Polk made the call and the flop brought AJK♦. Negreanu checked and Polk checked as well before a 3♠ hit the board on the turn. Negreanu bet $3,200 and Polk called.

The 4♠ came on the river and Negreanu bet $14,400. Polk went into the tank a bit before finally making the call. Polk Showed K♣6♣ to Negrean’s Q♥6♥.

It was certainly a great call by Polk and maybe a sign of where the session was headed.

More hands go Polk’s way

About the hour mark, Polk took another big hand when both players got it all in before the flop for $80,000. Polk showed J♦J♠ and Negreanu revealed A♣Q♥. Negreanu got no help on the board and his opponent snagged another big one.

At the two-hour mark, Polk led by more than $170,000 and stayed at about that figure for quite a while. In the last hour, Polk found even more to add to that total.

He flopped a full house as the fifth hour got underway to score another $90,000 pot. Polk picked up pocket Aces very late for another $80,000. It was just his day and Negreanu couldn’t get much traction.

Inside the 30th day of action

Polk seems to have taken offense from Negreanu’s insinuations that he’s been lucky throughout the series. The Tweets offered some extra viewing options for poker fans.

It was quite an interesting way for Polk to needle his opponent and Negreanu fans a bit. The Tweets also showed some hole cards players might not otherwise get to see.

“It does make sense for the luckiest guy to be up a million dollars,” he continued needling in his Upstream Poker stream interview.

Despite his tongue in cheek comments, Polk said he really believed this was his luckiest session. The session played out with numerous major moments. Polk noted that he ran several bluffs with a few not panning out.

“We had so many big hands all over the place,” he said. “It was an all-you-can-eat buffet of big hands.”

After Monday’s session, Negreanu went into quite a rant about not hitting many of his draws. He’s frustrated and Wednesday’s results left him feeling the same. He seemed to lose much of his earlier optimism about a possible comeback.

“Obviously it’s disheartening,” Negreanu said on the GGPoker stream. “We really needed a win today to make a match of it.”

There are about 7,000 hands remaining and Polk has really taken control. If Negreanu can’t shake out of this downswing, things could get much worse really quickly. He’ll be hoping at this point to cut his losses and significantly chip into Polk’s lead. 

  • Hands played: 17,878
  • Total: Polk up $1,002,595.59
  • Next match: Friday, Jan. 22, 5:30 pm ET

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Day 29: Jan. 18 – Late rally for win by Polk leaves Negreanu on tilt

The Polk barrage continued on Monday with Polk scoring a win of $73,728 over 608 hands. This session had Negreanu particularly annoyed afterward.

The two did quite a bit of trading pots early in the match. Right away, Polk quickly renewed his penchant for over-bet all-in shoves to come up with a decent early pot.

Negreanu utilized some of his own aggression with an all-in river shove in about the 20th minute for a $14,000 win.

One of the first major pots went Polk’s way when he rivered a straight for about $31,000. Negreanu began the hand with a raise to $1,000 and Polk made the call. The flop was JA4♥ and both players checked.

The turn brought the 7♠ and Polk fired $2,900 with Negreanu making the call. The river produced the 3♣ and Polk bet $12,000. After Negreanu called, Polk showed 2♣5♣ for a wheel.

Negreanu was extremely competitive and held a small lead of about half a buy-in after the first hour. He won a nice $56,000 pot after getting paid off nicely with pocket Jacks. He led the matchup as much as about $45,000 after a hour.

But Polk continued to find pots. He took an $80,000 pot when both players made a pair of Queens, but Polk’s A♦Q♦ out-kicked Negreanu. By the third hour, both players were about even, but Negreanu moved ahead as much as $50,000.

Things just went Polk’s way in the final half hour. He whittled Negreanu’s lead away and surged late. He later admitted to some luck along the way.

Negreanu is frustrated, rants about the day’s action

Some results of hands like the wheel straight left Negreanu frustrated. And the story for the day may have been how he displayed some of that afterward.

It’s not the first time he’s expressed himself with plenty of tilt rage after a tough day. The post-session interview on the GGPoker stream included plenty of salty language.

“I have that online poker gut thing where you start to wonder what’s going on here,” he said.

Continually missing on big drawing hands with Polk seemingly catching just the right cards had Negreanu baffled.

“I can’t tell you how many fucking draws I’ve missed,” he said. “This is insane. I don’t even fucking believe it. I really don’t believe what I’m seeing.”

Negreanu’s frustration carried over to his review of the day’s action. It certainly makes for a fun watch (see below).

 

Inside the 29th day of action

When the action concluded, Polk had notched up another win of almost two buy-ins. He continues making it extremely difficult for his opponent to get back in the series.

Less than 8,000 hands remain but Negreanu is trying to stay confident. Polk seems to have his number of late however.

  • Hands played: 17,108
  • Total: Polk up $703,610.66
  • Next match: Wednesday, Jan. 19, 5:30 pm ET

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Day 28: Jan. 15 – Polk takes small win for second in a row

Doug “MicroStakes” Polk made it two wins in a row on Friday with a win of $26,199 over 650 hands. There were fireworks right away with both players getting it all in only a few hands into the match.

Negreanu made it $1,000 from the button and Polk three-bet to $3,900. Negreanu then four-bet to almost $11,000 and Polk made the call. The flop brought 106K♠ and Polk checked. Negreanu bet $5,400 and Polk called.

The turn brought the 2♠ and Polk checked. Negreanu activated his time bank before moving all in with A♥Q♦. Polk snap called with A♠10♠ and a K♥ fell on the river. Polk raked a pot of almost $82,000 and had a lead of about $50,000 early in the action.

About 12 minutes into the session, another big hand developed. With $31,000 already in the pot, the two players saw a board of 4♠10♥10♠7♥7♣.

Polk checked and Negreanu also checked. Neither had the full house and both players missed flush draws. Negreanu took the pot with K♠2♠ to Polk’s Q♠9♠. He added another $4,000 pot shortly afterward after flopping a flush.

After Polk took an early lead, Negreanu grabbed it back at about the 30-minute mark. With a board of K♣4♦9♣ and a K♠ on the turn, Negreanu checked and Polk bet $2,200. After some thought, Negreanu raised to $9,300.

Polk called and the river revealed the 5♥. Negreanu then ripped all in for $50,000 and Polk went in the tank. He eventually called with K♥7♥ for trips, but his opponent tabled 4♣4♠ for a full house.

That gave Negreanu a pot of about $96,000. At the one-hour mark, Negreanu held a lead of about $25,000.

Inside the 28th day of action

It was that kind of day, with chips shipping back and forth and neither taking a major lead overall. Just short of the halfway point, Polk made a nice call to send another hefty pot his way.

With $32,000 already on the table, Negreanu made a big $22,000 river bet on a board of 2♣7♥K♠A♣4♦. Polk thought a while before calling with K♣10♣. Negreanu showed J♠10♥ and his opponent took a $76,000 pot.

By the end of two hours, Polk was back ahead at over $50,000. Negreanu would squeeze than back down over the final 60 minutes of action in the three-hour session.

Polk will be happy with another win, but would certainly prefer those in the six-figure range. Before the action began, he posted a graph showing the swings throughout the series.

After some swings back and forth early in the series, Polk steadily climbed in the middle sessions. That peaked at almost $1 million, but has dipped in recent weeks.

So far, Polk has reversed that trend a bit in the last two sessions. On Friday, he felt Negreanu went for it with a few big bets.

“I have to say, Negreanu went for it today,” Polk noted on the Upswing Poker stream. “There were some big spots where he made some moves. I’m not sure if that was a direct response to maybe me winning a lot of the big pots lately or me saying that I hadn’t caught him bluffing much.”

  • Hands played: 16,500
  • Total: Polk up $629,882.37
  • Next match: Monday, Jan. 18, 5:30 pm ET

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Day 27: Jan. 13 – Polk moves back in the driver’s seat

The Negreanu streak had to end sometime and Polk turned in a nice win on Wednesday. After 600 hands, Polk scored $119,610 in a session that lasted almost three hours.

Negreanu hoped to average one $40,000 buy-in per session to get back in the series. More six-figure Polk wins could severely limit those opportunities.

Doug Polk

Polk took the lead early in the session. The first major hand saw him pick up 86♣ and a board of 5♠2♥7♠4♦A♦. The straight shipped Polk a $28,000 pot after receiving a call on the river.

Just a few hands later, Polk added another $14,000 pot when his K2♥ found three more hearts. Negreanu then added his own $47,000 pot with pocket Nines.

River over-betting seemed to pay off for Polk again in a big way. Almost an hour in, he moved all in on both tables with sizable chips in the middle.

His opponent folded on both and Polk collected two quick pots for a combined $69,000. It was that kind of day for Negreanu, with Polk continually picking up nice pots.

Pocket Aces add to Polk’s lead

For the last five sessions, the coolers had turned in Negreanu’s direction. That changed on Wednesday. About an hour into the match, Polk raised from the button to $900.

Negreanu quickly made that $4,000 and Polk four-bet to $10,400. Negreanu moved the last of his $42,000 all in and Polk snap-called.

Negreanu tabled QQ♦ and Polk showed A♠A♦. No help came for Negreanu, giving Polk a $92,000 pot and he continued to roll.

By the end of an hour, Polk was up more than $100,000 and that neared $200,000 at times. Near the halfway mark however, Negreanu took a big pot of his own.

From the button, Negreanu made it $1,000 and Polk three-bet to $4,000. That received a five-bet from Negreanu for almost $11,000.

After a Polk call there was already almost $22,000 in the pot. The flop brought J♥4♥7♣ and Polk checked. Negreanu then bet $5,400 with Polk raising to $12,500.

That brought return fire from Negreanu, who shipped it all in for the last of his $33,000. Polk quickly called with K♥J♣, but his opponent held Q♣Q♦.

The 10♦ on the turn and 9♥ on the river brought no help for Polk and Negreanu scored $99,000. He added another nice pot later with two pairs. Negreanu cut the lead to about $75,000 after about 90 minutes.

Inside the 27th day of action

Those moments Negreanu weren’t enough in this session. He made a rally to cut Polk’s lead to about $25,000 with an hour remaining.

However, Polk surged late with some nice hands. In the last hour, he raised from the button to $950 and Negreanu three-bet to $4,000.

Polk called and the flop brought JKK♠. Negreanu bet $2,200 and Polk made the call. The flop brought the 10♠ with Negreanu betting $4,900 and Polk calling again.

The river produced the 2♣ and Negreanu checked. Polk moved all in for $33,000 and Negreanu called. With A♣Q♦, Polk hit the Broadway straight on the turn and raked an $89,000 pot. The hand proved critical late in the day.

For Polk, it was nice to snap the Negreanu streak and find a six-figure score in the process. He felt there were fewer tough spots for him on Wednesday and that helped his outcome. He felt it was one of his best sessions.

“I’ve just got to keep my head down, keep working, and make sure that I win,” Polk said on the Upswing Poker stream. “Because we’ve had a big downswing and while I think I’m still a good-size favorite and have a 15 buy-in lead, in $9,000 hands a 15 buy-in can evaporate so quickly.

“You just have to keep trying to play your A-game, keep trying to improve, keep working on some different sizes and ranges and notes and practicing and learning and running simulations.”

  • Hands played: 15,850
  • Total: Polk up $603,683.77
  • Next match: Friday, Jan. 15, 5:30 pm ET

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Day 26: Jan. 11 – Negreanu builds momentum with 5th straight win

The wins keep coming for Negreanu. Monday’s session brought his fifth positive day in a row, notching a score of $132,649 over 750 hands.

Early action was a little back and forth with Polk adding an early $4,400 pot with a flush. A huge hand then followed with Negreanu making it $1,000 before the flop.

Polk three-bet to almost $4,000 and Negreanu four-bet to $11,000. After some thought, Polk called and there was already almost $25,000 in the pot.

The flop brought 73J♣ and Polk bet $6,500 before Negreanu called. The river brought the K♦ and Polk checked.

Negreanu tanked just a bit before moving all in. Polk snapped a call and tabled K♥Q♣ for top pair. But Negreanu held A♣A♠ and his hand held up with a 2♣ landing on the river.

Negreanu shipped an $85,000 pot within the first five minutes of the session. About 30 minutes later, Negreanu picked up a $99,000 pot when his pocket J♠J♥ topped Polk’s pocket 8♦8♥.

Negreanu rivers a full house

The action just seems to be going Negreanu’s way of late. Just past the hour mark, Negreanu raised to $900 from the button.

Polk made it $4,000 and received a call. The flop came 10♣7♠5♣ and Polk bet $5,300. Negreanu raised to almost $15,000 and Polk moved all in for $58,000.

After calling, Negreanu showed K♦10♠ for top pair. Polk showed 8♣9♣ for flush and open-end straight draws. The 7♣ on the turn gave Polk the flush.

However, the river 7♦ made a full house for Negrenau and he took down a pot of more than $90,000. Negreanu took a lead of about $100,000 halfway through the four-hour session.

Polk took his share of pots, but the big swings seemed to go his opponent’s way. At the two-hour mark, Polk raised to $900 and Negreanu made it $4,000 before receiving a call.

On a flop of 2♥3♦7♦, Negreanu bet $5,400 and received a call. The 3♠ came on the turn and Negreanu bet $13,000. Polk called and the K♣ came on the river

After some thought, Negreanu moved all in with Q♥Q♣, but Polk showed 5♥3♥ for trips. He raked an $88,000 pot.

Inside the 26th day of action

From the outset of the second half of the series, Negreanu has been adamant that he can get back in it. He’s a fast learner and continues to adjust his game.

Polk acknowledged his opponent has made some major improvements since the High Stakes Feud began. Negreanu seems to have opened up his game and aggression with certain hands. His bet sizing ranges have also expanded.

“I gotta say [Negreanu] is playing just night and day better than at the start of the challenge,” Polk noted. “I still think I have the edge, but I wouldn’t be surprised if it’s pretty low at this point. Gotta give credit where credit is due.”

An example of his increased aggression came just past the halfway point on Monday. With a board of 106KA8♥ and $13,000 already in the pot, Negreanu over-bet to $19,000. Polk ultimately folded and Negreanu raked the pot.

The variance and big hands also continue to go his way. That wasn’t the case earlier in the series. On Monday, Negreanu made some nice calls as well to gather pots.

That included picking off a Polk bluff with a board of AK1025♦ and holding 8♠9♦. Negreanu tabled A♠10♦ for two pairs and a $57,000 pot.

Many of Negreanu’s moves were well-timed and his progress continues. The momentum has certainly shifted to Kid Poker.

“I feel like if I were him, the first half of the match I would have been incredibly frustrated,” he said on the GGPoker stream. “He made a aot of flushes … but unfortunately for him, it was in spots where I didn’t have anything and the river went check-check. Or I just didn’t bluff at it where he could have looked me up.

“I was fortunate to really avoid any major traps.”

Negreanu has now cut Polk’s lead in half over the last several sessions and hopes to keep the train rolling.

  • Hands played: 15,250
  • Total: Polk up $484,073.93
  • Next match: Wednesday, Jan. 13, 5:30 pm ET

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Day 25: Jan. 8 – Negreanu closes out a week of wins

With a fourth straight win, albeit another small one, Negreanu has shown he can stem the bleeding. Determined to make this a contest, that seems possible – at least for now.

Friday’s session produced a Negreanu win of $27,946 over 750 hands. Things began well again for him including an $11,000 early pot after making a full house with pocket 2s. He later took down a $14,000 in a four-bet pot with Polk eventually folding before seeing a flop.

The first major hand saw Polk raise preflop to $900 and Negreanu call. The flop brought 3♥7♦Q♥ with Negreanu checking and Polk betting $600.

Negreanu called and the turn brought the 5♣. Negreanu checked again and Polk fired $3,000. Negreanu called and then checked again after the 7♥ landed on the river.

Polk bet another $6,000 and Negreanu raised to $22,000 with a board showing numerous possibilities for big hands. Polk eventually folded and Negreanu took a $37,000 pot.

Shortly afterward, he picked off a Polk bluff with a flush for $14,000 and continued to grab some more here and there.

At about the hour mark, there was already $20,000 in the pot on a board of 9♦K♣6♥7♥ when the K♥ hit on the river. Polk checked with Negreanu checking as well. Polk’s A♥J♥ picked up the pot with the nut flush.

Negreanu cracks Aces

On a day with plenty of action, some of the coolers seemed to go Negreanu’s way as well. Just at the hour mark, Negreanu raised to $1,000 and Polk three-bet to $4,000.

Daniel Negreanu

Negreanu called and the flop brought J♦4♣3♦. Polk bet $3,300 and Negreanu made the call. After the 10♦ on the turn, Polk bet $4,800 and Negreanu called.

The A♠ hit the board on the river and Polk moved all in for $66,000. Negreanu snap called with Q♦5♦ and a flush. Polk hit trip Aces on the river with A♣A♥ but the $82,000 pot went to Negreanu.

Polk found some of his own big pots, but the action just seemed to go his opponent’s way. After three hours, Negreanu led by more than $60,000 and that ballooned to almost $100,000 at times. That wouldn’t last however. 

Inside the 25th day of action

After four hours of play Negreanu scored another win. He’s shaved off a considerable amount of Polk’s lead in the last week.

However, Polk has a knack for reducing his opponent’s wins. What might have been a six-figure score was reduced to half a buy-in. Polk was able to find a few late pots to close the gap.

Despite that comeback, Negreanu was happy to book another win. He admitted that he didn’t know exactly what to think of the day’s action.

Most of his losses seemed to come in four-bet pots, Negreanu said, but felt the session it could have gone either way.

“He played well and I thought I played well,” he said on the GGPoker stream.

With four straight wins under his belt, the complexion of the match has changed a bit. Polk will be looking to respond. Fans can sit back and enjoy the fun.

  • Hands played: 14,500
  • Total: Polk up $616,722.56
  • Next match: Monday, Jan. 11, 5:30 pm ET

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Day 24: Jan. 6 – Negreanu makes it three in a row

The second session of 2021 turned into another nice day for Negreanu – his third straight win in the series. On Wednesday he clocked in with a win of $98,580 over 750 hands in a session that went about four hours.

When action resumed in the series, Negreanu’s goal was to chip into Polk’s lead and zero in on getting close to even.

On Wednesday, pots went both ways early with Polk snagging the first major pot of the day. He took about $15,000 after rivering a flush in a single-raise pot. Just a short time later Negreanu scored his own $21,000 with a full house.

Negreanu continued to build an early lead on both tables however – using some big river over-bets in the process. Polk has been a regular using that technique, but his opponent seemed to bring the aggression.

One interesting hand occurred just short of an hour into the session. Polk raised from the button to $900 and Negreanu made it $4,100. Polk called and the flop brought 810Q♦.

Negreanu bet $2,100, received a call, and the 4♣ came on the turn. That brought a $12,700 bet from Negreanu and Polk called that as well.

With the pot now at $38,000, the river brought the 4♠. Negreanu thought a bit and then moved all in for $32,000. Polk folded and Negreanu took the pot.

Negreanu gets aggressive

That hand seemed to typify some of the day’s action. Negreanu seemed to press the action and wasn’t afraid of making some big over-bets. After an hour he was up about $47,000.

While Polk found some of his own wins, Negreanu seemed to have the goods in some nice pots throughout. Just short of the two-hour mark, a few other big hands wenr Negreanu’s way.

With J♥8♥, he snagged a flush with runner-runner hearts on the turn and river for $20,000. Quickly afterward, Polk raised to $900 and Negreanu three-bet to $4,100. Polk called and the flop brought 10♠2♣J♠.

Both players checked and the 5♣ fell on the turn. Negreanu checked and Polk bet $8,200 with his opponent going in the tank a bit before calling.

The 8♣ hit the river and both players checked. Negreanu took down the $25,000 pot with A♠K♠. Another hand right after saw three Kings hit the board and Negreanu show 8♦8♠ for a full house. He picked up $26,000 in that one and added a few more pots as well.

Polk mixed in his own nice score during this exchange, which turned out to be quite a cooler. With $22,600 in the pot and a board of 6♣Q♠K♥J♠K♣, Negreanu checked the river – setting a trap with 6♥6♠.

Polk moved all in for $29,000 and Negreanu snap-called with a full house. However, the river gave Polk a bigger full house when he tabled K♠Q♦. He took down an $80,000 pot after getting bailed out on the river.

Inside the 24th day of action

Negreanu seems to be improving as the series continues and Polk has admitted as much. He continues to adapt and Polk will have to adjust.

The win for Kid Poker could have been bigger. By the third hour, he was up more than $150,000. A late run of Polk pots sliced into that a bit. Afterward, Polk was pleased the result wasn’t worse.

“Today was pretty tough,” Polk noted on the Upswing Poker stream. “I’m actually pretty excited to have lost only two and half buy-ins. Basically we had a lot of situations where we had to run the bluff or make a call-down that we weren’t super excited about.

“I think this was the most card dead I’ve been in any session of the entire challenge.”

On the flip side, Negreanu was pleased and seemed a dominating force on the day. He touched on making some big calls as Polk alluded to.

“I think I played well,” he said on the GGPoker stream. “Obviously there are some spots where you make a hero call here and there.”

Can Negreanu’s run continue? Considering variance and Polk’s heads-up skills, the deck is still stacked against him leveling the series.

But that’s what makes the challenge fun to watch. Both are determined and these poker gladiators continue swinging.

  • Hands played: 13,750
  • Total: Polk up $644,668.36
  • Next match: Friday, Jan. 8, 5:30 pm ET

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Day 23: Jan. 4 – Negreanu secures another small win, still long way to go

Rome wasn’t built in a day and any comeback for Negreanu will be a long-term affair as well. After a few days off, Negreanu and Polk were back in action on Monday, which marked two months since the challenge began. With the 12,500-hand mark reached, either player could have backed out but that hasn’t happened.

After a few days off for the New Year’s holiday, Negreanu booked his second straight small victory on Monday. After 500 hands, Negreanu finished to the good at just over half a buy-in for $27,006.

Things began Negreanu’s way early. Just after winning a $16,000 pot, another big hand immediately developed. After a standard raise to $900, Polk three-bet to $3,900 and received a call.

Both players saw a flop of J63♥ with almost $8,000 already in the pot. Polk bet $3,300 and Negreanu called. The turn brought the 2♦ and Polk fired $9,700. Negreanu made the call and the river produced the 5♦.

Polk checked and Negreanu bet $23,000 and received a snap call. He tabled 4♠5♠ for a straight, raking almost $80,000.

Polk chipped away at that lead however, taking a few pots of his own. About a half hour into the session Negreanu found another nice pot. After raising to $1,000, Polk made it $3,900.

Negreanu called and the flop brought 4♥7♦K♥. Polk bet $2,200 and received a call before the 4♣ came on the turn. Polk fired $8,200 and Negreanu called again.

The 9♣ fell on the river and Polk moved all in for his last $28,000 with Negreanu insta-calling. Polk tabled A♠K♦ for top pair, but Negreanu held 9♠9♥ to river a full house. The $86,000 pot swelled Negreanu’s winnings for the first part of the session.

Polk rebounds, picks off a big bluff

At about an hour into the match, Polk picked up a nice pot of his own to edge closer to Negreanu’s lead. Negreanu raised to $1,000 and Polk called. The flop brought A♦2♦9♥ and Negreanu bet $500.

Polk raised to $1,600, Negreanu called, and the river brought the 3♠. Polk fired $1,700 and Negreanu called to see the 6♥ on the river. Polk bet $13,000 and Negreanu folded.

Just a few hands later, Polk flopped a flush to add another $49,000 pot. Another pot fell his way when he picked off a huge Negreanu bluff.

With a board of 3♣5♦Q♥K♠10♣ and $29,000 already in the pot, Negreanu moved all in. Polk thought a bit before calling for the last of his $46,000.

Negreanu showed 7♦8♦ and Polk tabled K♣J♣ for top pair. He raked a $121,000 pot and cut into a lead considerably that had been about $70,000 at that point.

Inside the 23rd day of action

A bit later, Negreanu added his own $46,000 pot and 90 minutes into the match picked off a Polk bluff. Negreanu’s K♥3♥ found two more Kings on the board for trips and a $64,000 pot.

That’s how much of the session went – a very back and forth, swingy day. A late flush holding A♥J♣ versus Polk’s A♠Q♠ on a board of A♣4♣7♣J♥8♣ helped Negreanu even more.

Unlike some of the first half of the series, Negreanu was on the right side of some coolers. He won a nice hand with Aces versus Kings in this session.

In the end, Negreanu was able to edge ahead for what’s a tiny win in this challenge. But he found some added momentum as he hopes to reduce Polk’s lead. 

That lead was about 19 buy-ins when the day began and Session 23 clocked in at just under three hours. Negreanu stressed that he’s certainly okay with small wins to chip away at that total.

“It was definitely a roller coaster,” he said on the GGPoker stream. “I definitely got some run-good early.”

Polk called the session “a wild one” with plenty of action. However, he felt much of the play was within reason in the heads-up version of the game.

“I think most of the really big pots were pretty standard stuff,” he said on the Upswing Poker stream. “I don’t think that there was anything too crazy.”

Polk remains ahead by a wide margin and has clocked in with some huge wins. Negreanu will need to keep those at bay and put in a few big scores of his own.

  • Hands played: 13,000
  • Total: Polk up $743,248.28
  • Next match: Wednesday, Jan. 6, 5:30 pm ET

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Day 22: Dec. 28 – Bluff-catching Negreanu scores a buy-in win

The Negreanu-Polk challenge has officially reached the halfway point at 12,500 hands. After 279 hands on Monday, Negreanu finished the day up $49,214 after two straight losing sessions.

Things could have gone much differently however. Polk ran a few big bluffs late in the day that proved costly.

One of those hands came at just past an hour into the day. Negreanu raised to $900 and Polk made the call, bringing a flop of 393♠.

Polk checked and Negreanu bet $500. After a call, the 5♠ fell on the turn. Negreanu bet $3,000 and received a call.

The 9♠ came on the river and Polk checked. Negreanu bet $5,900 and Polk raised to $16,300. Negreanu thought a bit before ultimately calling with 3♣2♣, picking off Polk’s bluff with 5♥7♦ for a $42,000 pot.

Another big bluff came at almost the hour and a half mark. With $20,000 in the pot on a board of A♠9♣J♦7♣4♦, Polk moved all in for $69,000 and was insta-called by Negreanu.

Polk showed 8♦2♦ and Negreanu held 8♠10♥ for a straight and a critical $159,000 pot. Just a few minutes later, Polk shoved on the river again and Negreanu called with top pair.

Negreanu’s pair of Kings picked off another Polk bluff when he didn’t have a pair. He added another $119,000 in that one.

Polk builds an early lead 

Fireworks began only a few minutes into the day’s action. On a board of 1077A6♠ with $3,000 in the pot, Polk bet about $2,500. Negreanu raised to $6,600 and Polk three-bet to $20,000. Negreanu folded and Polk scored the pot.

Another early hand saw Polk raise to $900 from the button and Negreanu three-bet to $4,100. Polk then four-bet to $10,700 and his opponent made the call.

The flop brought 6♠2♦2♠ and Polk fired $4,300 after a Negreanu check. Negreanu raised to $9,300 and Polk moved all in for the last of his $34,000.

Negreanu called and Polk showed Q♥Q♦ to his opponent’s Q♠J♠. The turn brought the 2♥, giving Polk the full house and negating any flush Negreanu might draw on the river. After an irrelevant J♦, Polk raked $90,000.

Negreanu would grab his own all-in pot shortly afterward. With $30,000 already in the pot and the board showing 5♥9♣A♥4♣, Negreanu bet $9,000.

Polk went all in for $35,000 with A♠10♠ and Negreanu snap called, showing A♦J♥. The river produced the 7♠ and Negreanu scored his own $89,000 pot.

Polk would take $82,000 a short time later when his pocket Aces held up against Negreanu’s Q♥9♥. Kid Poker hit top pair on the turn and that helped Polk take a chunk of chips.

Polk seized a lead of about $30,000 in the first half hour. A cooler then played out a bit before the hour mark.

Both players got it all in preflop – Negreanu with pocket Jacks and Polk with pocket Aces. That handed Polk another $80,000 pot and he led by about $100,000 an hour into the session.

Inside the 22nd day of action

There were plenty of all ins and back forth action on Monday. The day produced big stacks for both players after auto-topping up stacks after all-in losses.

Midway through the two-hour session, things again went Polk’s way. He won a few nice pots with trips and found some other nice wins. Polk not only over-bet hands as usual early in Monday’s action, but seemed to have the goods when he did.

However, those pesky bluffs in the last hour proved his downfall. Negreanu was able to salvage the day and will look to build on that. Regarding the bluffs, Negreanu said that seems to continue working out for him.

“That’s kind of the way the match has gone,” he said. “The biggest pots I win typically are when he goes for it and I have it.”

The bluffs were frustrating losses for Polk who analyzed some of those hands on the Upswing Poker stream. He felt he punted off some of his winnings in bad spots.

“It gets really intense when you have a bunch of spots you think you have to fire in a row in huge spots and you’re just getting stacked out there,” Polk said. 

Will the match continue?

Afterward, Negreanu said the two players are considering whether to continue with the matchup. At this point either side could bow out, but that didn’t look likely in the days preceding Monday’s action.

Negreanu told USPoker recently that he plans on completing the challenge. However, he seemed to indicate on the GGPoker post-session interview that both were considering their options.

“We thought it made sense to stop at the halfway point – readjust and see if we wanted to continue playing or not,” Negreanu said.

Despite that, Negreanu indicated that the match would continue after a short break. Only down about 19 buy-ins, he compared his situation to that of a football team behind 19 points at halftime.

After resuming, he hoped some luck would shift his way and he could score a few touchdowns to edge closer. Winning would still be difficult, however, which remains his goal. Negreanu feels his play has improved throughout the series.

Polk also indicated there will be more heads-up poker action between the two in 2021.

“I would be absolutely shocked if he doesn’t play on,” he said.

  • Hands played: 12,500
  • Total: Polk up $770,254
  • Next match: Monday, Jan. 4, 5:30 pm ET (preliminarily)

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Day 21: Dec. 23 – Polk ends Negreanu rally with $114,000 score of his own

After two straight winning sessions, Negreanu came up on the short end Wednesday. As Polk noted, there were plenty of big hands and many seemed to go his way. It was quite a battle however, that seemed like it could go either way.

Negreanu started the five-hour session off well with a few decent pots. But there were plenty of big hands coming throughout the session including a Polk full house with 6-6 for about $30,000.

The action shifted back and forth for much of the first hour with Polk up about only one buy-in. The first huge hand of the day came shortly afterward and this one did go Negreanu’s way.

Polk raised to $900 from the button and Negreanu three-bet to $4,100. Polk four-bet to $10,700 and Negreanu moved all in for his last $41,000.

Polk snap called and tabled QQ♣ versus Negreanu’s A♠K♠. Negreanu received some help when he hit a flush with a runout of J♠7♥8♠5♠Q♠.

That secured him a $90,000 pot but Polk would land his own big punches soon.

Polk grabs some big ones

A bit after that hand played out, Polk ripped an $80,000 all over-bet on a $30,000 pot on a board of 8♣7♣5♠7♥6♥. Negreanu was in the tank and eventually folded there as well to ship Polk the pot.

At the same time, he five-bet all in preflop at the second table to get a Negreanu fold and a $22,000 pot.

A bit short of the three-hour mark, a hand saw Negreanu four-bet to $10,800. Polk called and the flop brought J♦3♥5♥. After a Polk check, Negreanu bet $5,400 and received a call.

The turn brought the J♣ and Polk checked again. Negreanu checked and the river brought the J♠. Polk moved all in for $42,000 and Negreanu folded. Polk picked up another $32,000.

After about three and half hours, Polk moved his lead up to more than $80,000. Just past the four-hour mark, Negreanu mixed in a four-bet to $10,800 and Polk called.

The flop came 5♠6♠2♥ and Negreanu bet $11,000 after a Polk check. He called and the turn brought the 9♠. Polk checked and Negreanu bet $13,000.

After Polk called, the Q♦ fell on the river with $69,000 already in the pot. Polk checked and Negreanu moved all in. Polk quickly folded and Negreanu raked the pot.

Inside the 21st day of action

That hand helped cut into Polk’s lead, but he found a few nice hands late to extend that again. The two continued trading pots for much of the remainder of the session with Polk coming out on top.

It was another long session in this series, certainly no easy task for all the streaming commentators  involved. In the end, Polk finished to the black almost three buy-ins for about $114,140 over 904 hands.

He also jumped on the GG stream with the commentary team and Negreanu for some interesting banter. Questions about what each had in certain spots went unanswered, but Polk felt great about how he’s been playing.

“I look at kind of the progression I’ve had to go through during this and I’ve made some small changes with some size stuff,” he says. “But overall, I’ve come in with my kind of game plan, so the work I’ve been doing is kind of more on the edges.”

Both platters seem on much friendlier terms because of the match. Polk said some of Negreanu’s new bet sizing has challenged him and commended his opponent on his play overall.

When it comes to playing live in the PokerGO Studio, the two players agreed that would be fun again. However, both added that scenario wouldn’t be possible right now because of COVID-19. They didn’t rule out a future meeting though.

Rearding the session, Negreanu noted that there was plenty of action as both players built sizable stacks. That included 200 to 300-big blind stacks at times.

“It was a battle,” Negreanu said. “There were some crazy freaking hands. There’s just so much to digest from this one because it was the longest we’ve played that deep on both tables.”

The players now take a break for the holiday with play resuming next week.

  • Hands played: 12,222
  • Total: Polk up $810,468
  • Next match: Monday, Dec. 28, 5:30 pm ET

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Day 20: Dec. 22 – Negreanu notches another nice day for a $118K score

After a break of about a week and a half, Doug Polk and Daniel Negreanu were back in action Monday. With a nice score just before the break (see Day 19 below), Negreanu again put together another win. 

That made it two in a row after a recent run of bad results for Team Negreanu. After looking as if Polk’s lead might eclipse the $1 million mark, that has now been fended off at least for now.

The action began Monday with both players mixing it up a bit with neither taking much of a lead. One early hand saw a Polk four-bet to $11,000 with Negreanu then shipping it all in on a five-bet. Polk folded and Negreanu raked a nice pot.

About almost 20 minutes in another big hand developed with Polk four-betting to $11,000. Negreanu called and the flop brought 476♥ and Negreanu checked.

Polk once again over-bet shoved all in for $41,000 and Negreanu called for the last of his $30,000. Polk tabled K♦3♦ and Negreanu showed 5♠6♠. The turn brought the 3♣ and the river was the J♥.

Negreanu took almost an $83,000 pot after completing his straight. He grabbed another four-bet pot just shortly afterward and seemed to be in control early.

Negreanu makes a big river call

At just about an hour into the session, an interesting hand developed that thrust Negreanu further ahead. Polk raised the action from the button to $900 and Negreanu three-bet to $4,200.

The flop brought Q♣2♥J♦ and Negreanu checked. Polk bet about $2,400 and Negreanu called. The turn brought the 3♥ and Polk fired $8,800 after another check.

Negreanu called and checked again when the river brought the K♣. Polk moved all in for his last $29,000 – putting Negreanu to the test.

After a long tank, Kid Poker made the call with Q♥9♥ to Polk’s 4♣4♠. The pair of Queens scored Negreanu a pot of more than $88,000. He’d taken a lead of about $70,000 after the first hour.

Inside the 20th day of action

It was that kind of day for Negreanu. When it was all over, he scored $117,962 over 534 hands. In the last two sessions, Negreanu has shaved about $262,000 off of Polk’s lead.

Negreanu seemed just to have it on Monday and avoid some of the bad runs from earlier sessions. Some bluffs got through and he hit some draws. Overall, despite still being down, Negreanu is enjoying the series.

“I’m actually learning a lot and really enjoying heads-up poker,” he said on the GGPoker stream afterward.

Both players continue to adapt and the break gave them even more time to study. Polk remains in good shape and perhaps felt a bit of Negreanu’s earlier frustration on Monday.

“Tough one today,” he noted on Twitter. “Lots of really tough spots. Got my work cut out for me.”

The 12,000-hand “quit or stay in” limit is approaching. However, Negreanu confirmed this week that he’s in it for the long haul.

He told USPoker: “The plan is to go all the way.”

  • Hands played: 11,318
  • Total: Polk up $696,328
  • Next match: Wednesday, Dec. 23, 5:30 pm ET

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Day 19: Dec. 11 – Negreanu $144K Score Halts the Bleeding

Would Doug Polk officially reach the $1 million mark? That was the question for many poker fans going into Friday’s action.

However, after a terrible run of cards (see Day 18 below) Negreanu stopped the bleeding in session lasting 834 hands. He chalked up a $143,642 victory but still has a way to go to draw closer to Polk.

Things got off to a big start quickly with the two players trading blows. On a board of 53810♥, Polk bet $6,300 with $19,000 already in the pot.

Negreanu thought a bit and moved all in for $31,000. Polk eventually folded and his opponent jumped out to an early lead.

Simultaneously, Polk moved all in on the river on the second table with $19,000 also in the pot. With a flop of 6♣10♥9♠3♠2♥, Negreanu eventually folded.

About 45 minutes into the day, a big hand went Negreanu’s way. He called a preflop raise to $900 and saw a flop of 5♣4♦2♠. Negreanu checked and then called Polk’s bet of about $800.

The 7♣ came on the turn and Negreanu checked. Polk bet $3,400 and received a call. The J♥ fell on the river and Negreanu checked again.

Polk launched one of his routine river over-bets, $15,000 into a $10,000 pot. Negreanu took a bit of time and then moved all in for $96,000.

After a long tank, Polk called the last of his $33,600 and showed 7♥7♦ for trips. However, Negreanu flopped a straight – showing 3♥6♥ and took a pot of $106,000. For a change, the cooler went the other way.

Inside the 19th day of action

By the hour mark, Negreanu had moved up by more than $100,000. He continued to find success picking off occasional bluffs and hitting hands that held up.

About two hours in, Negreanu’s K♥Q♠ landed two more Queens on the flop, Those trips brought him a $55,000 pot.

A few Negreanu drawing hands actually paid off as well and he hit trips a few times that got paid off. Polk notched some nice hands as well, such as winning a significant pot with pocket Kings versus Negreanu’s pocket Jacks.

Some of Polk’s large river bets also continued to pick up some pots. Negreanu’s lead was trimmed to about $60,000 halfway through the four-hour session.

Late in the session he also scored an $80,000 pot with pocket Aces. Polk also tool a late $87,000 pot with a full house versus Negreanu’s two pairs.

But the larger pots seemed to go Negreanu’s way. It had to feel good to lock up a winning session again after some tough runs. Missing on some big draws seemed to still leave him flustered however.

“Obviously I won today so I shouldn’t be bitching,” Negreanu said on the GGPoker stream. “But I felt like I could have won a lot more.”

As the recent days played out, Polk has seen Negreanu go on tilt on the GG stream. However, he feels Negreanu hasn’t really lost control at the table and kept a clear mind.

“I think he’s more of a verbal tilter than a play tilter,” Polk noted on the Upswing Poker stream.

Polk tries to keep his game at a similar level, he noted. A 3.5 buy-in performance certainly helped Negreanu but he’ll have to rally off more days like Friday to recover.

That will have to wait at least a week as the two combatants have scheduled next week off. Negreanu jumped in the WSOP Main Event on Sunday. Polk, not so much.

  • Hands played: 10,784
  • Total: Polk up $814,290
  • Next match: preliminarily – Monday, Dec. 21, 5:30 pm ET

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Day 18: Dec. 10 – Polk scores another six figures as massive run continues

Daniel Negreanu’s frustration seemed to reach a boiling point after Thursday’s session. Nothing seemed to go right and even Doug Polk recognized an insane run of cards. 

Even when Negreanu was ahead, Polk just seemed to pull the perfect cards. Negreanu’s pocket Aces versus pocket Kings? No good. Ace-Queen and hitting a flop with two more Queens? No good.

Surely a misclick five-bet by Polk with 9-7 offsuit would bring a nice Negreanu pot? Nope, Polk won that one too. That’s just how things have gone lately in this series.

After a $100,000 loss on Wednesday, Polk booked a $173,363 scored over 980 hands on Thursday. In a session that stretched over more than five hours, Polk extended his lead to just short of $1 million. He once again won most of the big pots and continues to run hot.

Bad flops, turns, and rivers for Negreanu

After Wednesday’s session, Negreanu went on a curse-filled rant on the GGPoker stream. A more subdued tilt followed on Thursday – with less cursing.

Negreanu noted that luck has worked against him and added significantly to Polk’s lead. The big hands have not only not worked out his way, Negreanu noted, but just seemed like unreal run-outs. He’s lost regularly with straights, flushes, and trips.

“You sort of become numb to it,” he noted afterward on the GGPoker stream. “You’re hoping that it’s going to turn, but there are no promises just because he’s run incredibly well. And literally the only reason he’s up as much as he is is pure luck. There’s no question.

“I really don’t think I made any mistakes that were significant in this entire day – that’s why I kept playing.”

Some of those frustrations he shared on Twitter.

 

Adding to that analysis, he later released another video detailing some of the hands more specifically. The extended run of poor luck couldn’t have come at a worse time.

Polk responds after another big win

Despite the tough run, Negreanu remained confident and was ready to go ahead on Friday. For his part, Polk seemed to agree with how things played out Thursday.

“This is just unbelievable how hot I’m running,” he said on the Upswing Poker stream. “I’m going on one of the hottest stretches of my entire career at maybe the most important point ever.”

Polk said he understood Negreanu’s frustration, although mixed in some laughs and needling. He remains confident and plans to keep the Polk truck rolling.

Inside the 18th day of action

While Negreanu may be struggling, he  seems determined to battle back. Even Polk noted that his opponent has run terribly recently. Kid Poker was set to be back at the tables on Friday.

The two players were then scheduled for a break. The $10,000 WSOP Main Event kicks off Sunday and it’s a good bet at least Negreanu will be playing.

The 12,500-hand mark is approaching, which means either party can then quit. Will Negreanu decide he’s had too much?

That hasn’t seemed like a possibility. But down a million bucks and so completely frustrated, could Team Negreanu sound the surrender? The coming weeks will tell the tale.

His opponent is not only skilled and confident, but has been running amazingly well. Regarding the luck factor, Polk even noted on Twitter that “this was my luckiest session I’ve had of the entire challenge.”

  • Hands played: 9,950
  • Total: Polk up $957,933
  • Next match: Friday, Dec. 11, at 5:30 pm ET

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Day 17: Dec. 9 – Lead grows again for Polk with $101K win

Things continued to fall Polk’s way on Wednesday, posting a win of $101,713 over 662 hands. He remains a dominating force the further the action goes into the series.

Negreanu started out well by taking a few pots and building small leads on both tables. Polk again used some river over-bets to take some of his own and get back in it.

The first big hand occurred about 15 minutes into the action with Negreanu raising to $1,000 from the button. Polk called and the flop brought A68♥. Polk checked and Negreanu bet $400.

Polk called and the 10♣ fell on the turn. Polk checked and Negreanu bet $2,100. Polk then raised that to almost $11,000.

The river brought the K♠ and Polk moved all in with a snap call from Negreanu, who showed 7♣9♦. He’d turned a straight, but Polk showed J♣4♣ for a flush and an $85,000 pot.

After the last session, Negreanu remarked afterward that he missed numerous draws that cost him big pots. This time he’d gotten there but Polk had the goods to scoop another one.

It was a major frustration for Negreanu and he mentioned the hand several times in his interview afterward.

Aces score for Negreanu, Kings score for Polk

Despite the loss, Negreanu would find his own hefty pot early. After raising on the button to $1,000, Polk three-bet to $4,100.

Negreanu then four-bet to almost $11,000. Polk called and there was already almost $22,000 in the pot. Polk checked and Negreanu bet $4,400.

Polk called and the turn brought the 7♠ bringing another check from Polk. Negreanu checked behind and the 5♠ came on the river.

After another Polk check, Negreanu moved all in for $33,000 and Polk called. Negreanu showed pocket Aces, A♠A♦, for trips to Polk’s top pair with A♥8♥.

Those pocket rockets brought Negreanu a pot of $110,000. But once again the big hands were too fleeting for Negreanu.

A short time later, a similar hand developed. This time Polk check-raised all in on a board of 5♦K♣10♥J♥3♦. Negreanu called and showed K♥3♥ for two pairs.

However, this time Polk had the big pocket pair – tabling K♠K♦ for trips. He raked another $81,000 pot with the cooler going his way this time.

Inside the 17th day of action

It was another nice session for Polk, where he seemed to pick up pot after pot. Those sweating Negreanu are probably concerned at this point as he moves closer to $1 million in the hole.

The 16th session could have been better for Negreanu if not for a tough cooler just before the day’s end. After a Negreanu four-bet, Polk five-bet all in and showed AA to Negreanu’s AK♣.

Despite landing a flush draw on the flop, Negreanu suffered another big loss. Polk scored $118,000 – the largest pot of the day.

Wednesday’s session lasted just under three hours and Negreanu seemed extremely frustrated and tilted afterward. To say the salty language was flying would be an understatement. 

“Heads-up poker is bananas,” he noted on the GGPoker stream.

Negreanu noted that he’d have to deposit more funds on WSOP.com to keep playing. Players had planned to play Thursday this week as well. A wire transfer could delay those plans however. 

While the players are expected to play 25,000 hands, either can quit at 12,500. That doesn’t seem likely considering Negreanu’s comments following the match.

In the GGPoker interview, Negreanu noted that he was willing to play even more hands. He said running to 100,000 hands might show how long his bad run of cards and coolers could continue (or perhaps t