Over the past year, high-profile challenges have been our main source of entertainment.
First, the poker community was treated to a rollercoaster of several heads-up Galfond challenges. Soon afterward, one of the biggest match-ups occurred; Daniel Negreanu and his long-time nemesis Doug Polk agreed to a challenge that lasted for 3 months and attracted a lot of attention.
Well, we may yet see another high-stakes challenge from none other than the godfather of Prop bets, Bill Perkins.
Like with most challenges, it all started on Twitter. Bill Perkins and Landon Tice agreed to a heads-up challenge.
Even though the Perkins Vs. Tice challenge won’t attract as much attention (compared to Polk Vs. Negreanu), the entertainment value of the match is irrefutable. Perkins is more of a recreational player whereas Tice is as professional as they come.
I think that this challenge is going to be great for poker as a whole, and it should be very fun to watch.
Maybe it opens doors for more challenges of the sort in the future, who knows?
But what I do know, with full conviction, is that I put my all into poker. It drives me.
— Landon (@LandonTice) February 11, 2021
Bill Perkins Vs Landon Tice: Terms and Conditions
Like with any other heads-up challenge, the Perkins and Tice challenge has several T&Cs that they have to observe.
First, they will be playing $200/$400 No-Limit Hold’em.
Second, they agreed to play a total of 20,000 hands, a tad less than hands played by Polk and Negreanu. At the moment, there are yet to give any outs whereby a player can withdraw from the challenge. Therefore, it is likely that they will play to the last hand, losses and profits notwithstanding.
However, there is an outrageous condition. Perkins will get a significant headstart equivalent to 9 big blinds out of 100 hands which is equal to $720,000 after 20,000 hands. To put it into perspective, the $1.2 million win by Polk was equivalent to 12 big blinds over 100 hands. That’s how big of an edge Perkins will get in this match-up.
Additionally, both players agreed to not allow limping.
So @LandonTice and agreed to not allow limping for our match. It is a sharper strategy but it makes hininzation much harder. #FYI #POKER
— Bill Perkins (Guy) (@bp22) February 8, 2021
Limping is a poker strategy used to reduce variance.
According to Tice, the challenge will start in May.
What to expect
Even though Bill Perkins is more of a recreational player, fireworks will definitely fly in this one. In my own opinion, Tice may be one hell of a heads-up player, but 9bb/100 is a stretch too far. But, who knows, maybe it will be a blowout.
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