Doug Polk wins heads up challenge against Negreanu for $1.2 million

Winner Winner Polk Dinner!!

After what seemed like an eternity, the much-publicised poker grudge match is finally over.

And Doug Polk won! Huge! 1.2 Million!

Doug Polk Vs Daniel Negreanu challenge recap

Polk vs Negreanu bad blood has been there for years, with the former using his Youtube channel to express his displeasure on Negreanu’s playing style, openly criticizing him whenever an opportunity showed itself.

Well, last year, they decided to duel on the felt in a winner-take-all grudge match. Initially, the heads-up challenge was scheduled to start in October but it was later rescheduled to November.

The challenge did not have a specific time frame but it was to run perpetually until 25,000 hands were complete. However, the losing player had a chance to end the challenge prematurely at the halfway mark.

Doug Polk dominates Negreanu

Negreanu started rather strongly and quickly built a $116k lead after just 200 hands-which were played live. However, after the transition to, the hot run simply fizzled out. Polk won more than $200k during the second session after a jaw-dropping, aggressive performance.

Negreanu’s luck continued to deteriorate as he lost more than $160k in the third session. However, he was able to win back $87k during the fourth session. Polk run of bad beats soon ensued and he lost more than $350k over four sessions, with Negreanu holding on to a $179k lead.

However, big wins in session 9,10, and 11 helped Polk to regain the lead, which he held on to until the very end.

Polk wins final session for $255k

Going to the final session, Polk already had $940k lead. Since Negreanu’s comeback at this stage was practically impossible, everyone expected Polk to play it slow.

However, he went in harder than before and won roughly $255k at the end.

Cumulatively, Polk managed to win $1.2 million off Negreanu.

In addition, he will earn roughly $550k from various side bets where he had bet on himself. Talk of self-confidence.


We sampled a few reactions from Twitter after his big win.

What’s next for Doug Polk?

For several months now, Polk has reiterated that he is not keen on a return to professional poker. This may be the last time we see him competing professionally. But, who knows? Maybe a lucrative offer in the future will bring him back. We just have to wait and see.


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