For those who have followed my blog for a long time, you probably noticed that whenever Daniel Negreanu is the focus of a poker story, I can’t resist reporting on it. So, I’ve been watching the simmering feud between Doug Polk and DNegs, which has consisted of Polk needling, mocking and trash-talking Negreanu, mostly on Twitter, to get him to accept a high stakes online “grudge match.”
Finally, after months of refusing to answer Polk’s DMs, DNegs accepted the challenge in his blog while putting it in context for his fans. According to Negreanu, Polk has studied and played NLH Heads Up for the majority of his career, being the self-proclaimed “best in the world at it”, whereas DNegs only has a total of approximately six weeks playing in that format. Beyond that, the match would be on Polk’s favorite platform, the internet, and on his terms, a cash game with no raising stakes.
Negreanu went on to assure his fans (and Doug Polk) that he would NOT be showing his hole cards and that he would have liked adding a charity component to the match but knew that Polk was “anti-giving.”
“So in the end, why am I doing this? Negreanu asked rhetorically, before providing his answer. “To give the people what they want. For many years now this man has made a living off of trashing me on a regular basis, well past an unhealthy obsession, regurgitating the same attack lines over and over. Not because he truly believes I’m an evil monster, but purely for personal gain disguised as standing for some noble cause.”
On July 29th, Polk tweeted: “Ladies and Gentlemen, Looks like we have some action.”
And @RealKid Poker tweeted back his agreement with the terms, adding: If this will make you feel better and give you some type of closure from your multi-year obsession with me.
Deal the fucking cards.
The only thing I could add to this would be that I’d like to see them do that live at a real poker table.