One of poker’s most highly anticipated grudge matches gets underway in just two days.
After originally shooting for a Nov. 1 start, Daniel Negreanu tweeted Saturday that his heads-up match against Doug Polk would get cards in the air Nov. 4.
The six-time World Series of Poker bracelet winner also confirmed that the first 200 hands of the $200-$400 no-limit hold’em match will be played in the live setting at the Aria and will be streamed on PokerGO. High-stakes pro Kane Kalas will be doing the commentary for the live portion, according to prior tweets.
It’s soon, so I figured I would get everyone straight on the start date for the match.
It will start Nov 4th
pokergo</a> <br><br>First 200 hands with actual chips and cards. <br><br>Then I imagine roughly every other day <a href="https://twitter.com/WSOPcom?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">WSOPcom with various streams available.
— Daniel Negreanu (@RealKidPoker) October 29, 2020
The rest of the match will be played online on WSOP.com. While there are no official streams, it’s likely several people will commentate the match on their own platform.
Just a day later, Polk tweeted that the two had spoken privately and that preflop charts will be allowed for the match. This is a 180-degree flip from Negreanu’s previous opinion that charts should not be allowed.
After a discussion with @RealKidPoker we have decided to allow both notes and charts for the HU match.
— Doug “Truck Driver” Polk (@DougPolkVids) October 30, 2020
“I still won’t be using them FYI but agree that he can. I will be taking notes as will he, and it seems like if notes are allowed, you could just write out info on paper, so it’s hard to argue against it,” said Negreanu in a reply to Polk’s thread.
Earlier on Saturday, Negreanu confirmed that he obtained a $1 million cashier’s check from his bank and deposited it into his online account through the Caesars cage. He has been playing heads-up no-limit hold’em online for several weeks now as practice for his match, as has Polk, and they have had wildly different results.
According to a Negreanu tweet, he only won roughly one in every four matches he played.
I think my win percentage in HU practice sessions is in the neighborhood of 15-20% the last 4 weeks and I’m probably overshooting to be honest!
One of the worst downswings I’ve experienced.
So this means I am due to run hot right??? pic.twitter.com/on9VQFeafJ
— Daniel Negreanu (@RealKidPoker) November 2, 2020
Polk, on the other hand, has won at nearly every stake level he’s played since coming out of heads-up poker retirement, but was still down more than $46,000 after losing a six-figure sum playing $100-$200 on WSOP.com.
My results since getting back to playing
25/50 and under : +$165,055.94
50/100 : +$85,760.59
100/200 ACR : +$70,102.42
100/200 WSOP : -$366,955.90
Total: -$46,036, Up 30 buyins
[ ] Doing it right
— Doug “Truck Driver” Polk (@DougPolkVids) November 1, 2020
The match is set to last for 25,000 hands with 100-big blind stacks. As soon as either player drops below that threshold, they will automatically top up to the max. There is an option for the losing player to quit after 12,500 hands, but if both players agree, at that same juncture, they can raise the stakes.