Quite a big update in the upcoming Polk vs Negreanu showdown. It was due to start on November 1 but has been put back to November 4, after the election.
The really interesting change is that the first 200 hands will take place live and streamed on PokerGo, before moving online to WSOP.com.
It’s soon, so I figured I would get everyone straight on the start date for the match.
It will start Nov 4th
First 200 hands with actual chips and cards.
Then I imagine roughly every other day @WSOPcom with various streams available.
— Daniel Negreanu (@RealKidPoker) October 29, 2020
Given that this is a 25,000 hand match, the first 200 hands will surely be a token gesture and probably the only chance we will get to see each man trade barbs with the other.
The betting world takes an interest
Amazingly it is starting to look like more money has been bet on this match than Trump vs Biden in some corners of the poker world. The 4-1 odds you can get on Negreanu seems to have sparked a lot of interest.
Probably the biggest single bets have been from Bill Perkins, who revealed he has seven-figures riding on Negreanu:
Have about 1MM so far booked on @RealKidPoker vs @DougPolkVids HU poker battle. With about 500k booked directly w/ the HU Master D Polk himself I think Doug is a fav but trust Dnegs has been studying w/ the #HybridPoker wizards & their accelerated learning tool so better than 4/1
— Bill Perkins (Guy) (@bp22) October 28, 2020
If you dive into the replies to that tweet you’ll see a lot of notable names wanting to bet on the match. Most interestingly of all, however, is that Polk himself has an additional $2 million side bet with Perkins that he will win. Keep in mind he has deposited seven-figures on WSOP.com to play against Negreanu, so this will be one of the biggest heads-up matches ever, in terms of money riding on it.
I bet 2m to win 500k from Perkins, despite him wanting to bet bigger.
Told him Id take more but I have to consider how early I’d die with zero. https://t.co/sSqCRiGVap
— Doug “Truck Driver” Polk (@DougPolkVids) October 28, 2020
Is 4-1 the right odds on Negreanu? Clearly a lot of players think so, but one player who does not is Marty Mathis, who has suggested that deep heads-up No Limit is such an unforgiving format that Negreanu has no chance.
nerds can run variance sims, calculate std deviations, and argue over winrate all they want. truth of the matter is doug is going to back up the motherfucking truck, and DN is going to feel the pain from start to finish
— marty mathis (@martymath) October 29, 2020
We won’t get to see KidPoker streaming his six-figure swings, so we can only imagine them courtesy of this video of the lows and lows of his WSOP run online this year:
Do you have a bet on this match? Let us know in the comments: