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Lynn "Queen of Hearts" Paris

We brought the heads-up Poker grudge match between Doug Polk and Daniel Negreanu to your attention in our early November blog. It’s still going on!

It was clear that online poker was not DNegs’ strong suit, since his amazing accomplishments include six time WSOP bracelet winner, two-time WPT champion and years of cash game success. He was also not known for his heads-up play, although he says he’s been practicing.

Polk, on the other hand, has been the dominant force in high stakes heads-up play, earning props as an online legend, while also earning over $9 million in live poker tournaments. He retired from an active career in 2018 but he couldn’t resist challenging Negreanu to play at least 12,500 hands of $200/$400 HU Texas Hold’em (with the losing player having the option to extend the match to 25,000)

Doug Polk vs Daniel Negreanu

Both players have shown incredible fortitude, with Polk close to ending the match several times, but Kid Poker continued to fight back. Polk, as the favorite, definitely had the edge in the poker world, with numerous side bets on him, making his win financially imperative. But don’t count Negreanu out, who admits that he would love to win, if only for bragging rights.

The end of this match is fast approaching. Yesterday, the players reached 23,306 hands with Polk up, overall $945,804. The remainder of the match (plus all prior hands) can be caught live streaming on Doug’s YouTube channel and Upswing Poker’s Twitch channel. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lLygXH3vIAU

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Lynn "Queen of Hearts" Paris

Lynn “Queen of Hearts” Paris

Animosity has been growing steadily between heads-up pro Doug Polk and Daniel Negreanu, who has spent the majority of his career playing mixed games and tournaments.

Poker Hall of FamerNegreanubrings his long list of poker accomplishments to the tables, including a six time World Series of Poker bracelet winner , a two-time champion on the World Poker Tour and a long term cash game success; DNegs has earned his way to the pinnacle of the poker world and has been a full-fledged poker star for close to 30 years. Online poker is not Negreanu’sfavorite place to do battle , although he’s been sponsored by PokerStars and now GGPoker, and Heads up is not his preferred game either. (they say he’s been practicing)

Doug Polk is one of the online legends of poker. He was a dominant force in high stakes heads up play for the better part of a decade, playing under the moniker ‘WGCRider.’ He also held his own in the live tournament arena, winning three WSOP bracelets (including the “High Roller for One Drop” in 2017) and amassing over $9 million in live career earnings. He created Upswing Poker, a training site, in 2018 and had retired from an active career in playing poker, but he couldn’t resist taking on Negreanu.

After months of haggling over the terms of the match, the highly anticipated grudge match got underway on Nov. 5, 2020. It was an extremely cordial first session. Check out the five best hands: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-KzBaHFNq8Y

Watch the grudge match and study their moves then practice on your own table from the Texas Poker Store.

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Lynn "Queen of Hearts" Paris

Lynn “Queen of Hearts” Paris

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 Negreanu vs Polkbetween 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.

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Pocket Bullets ParisJim “Pocket Bullets” Paris

As of today there have already been 23 Events completed at the 2017 WSOP with a total Prize Pool of just a shade under 53 million dollars and we’re still not even halfway there, with more than 50 events to go. For those few people that still have no clue just how rich the WSOP payouts are, take this in and wonder no more — thus far the 48th Annual WSOP has paid out more than 10 million dollars in first place prize money alone.

2017 WSOP Bracelet WinnersAt this point the biggest winner (in terms of $$$) is, by far, Doug Polk who walked away from Event 6 the $111,111 High Roller for One Drop with a sweet paycheck of $3,686,865 and his third Gold Bracelet. Not a bad payday for four days work. You might remember that Lynn “Queen of Hearts” Paris mentioned him in her WSOP Highlights blog just a few days ago.

The following is a list of the current winners that have taken home first place prize dollars along with the coveted WSOP Gold Bracelets.

  • Bryan Hollis – Event 1 – $68,817
  • Team Igor Kurganov and Liv Boeree – Event 2 – $273,964
  • Upeshka De Silva – Event 3 – $229,923
  • Benjamin Zamani – Event 4 – $238,620
  • Thomas-Pomponio – Event 5 – $1,000,000
  • Doug Polk – Event 6 – $3,686,865
  • Jesse Martin – Event 7 – $130,948
  • Joseph “ul_gg” Mitchell – Event 8 – $122,314
  • Abe Mosseri – Event 9 – $388,795
  • Team Aditya Sushant – Nipun Java – Event 10 – $150,637
  • David Bach- Event 11 – $119,399
  • David “Dragon” Pham – Event 12 – $391,960
  • Frank Kassela – Event 13 – $89,151
  • David Singer – Event 14 – $203,709
  • Adrian Mateos – Event 15 – $324,470
  • Anthony Marquez – Event 16 – $393,273
  • John Racener – Event 17 – $273,962
  • Tyler Smith – Event 18 – $244,344
  • Pablo Mariz – Event 20 – $1,221,407
  • Ron Ware – Event 21 – $145,577
  • John Monnette – Event 22 – $256,610
  • Shane Buchwald – Event 24 – $177,985

There is a lot more ahead. There are still more than fifty Final Tables to be conquered; will you be at one of them? Will you join the group of  conquerors of this 2017 World Series of Poker? If you ARE there, don’t forget to take a picture or video holding a sign that has three little words on it – TEXAS POKER STORE – You would make us very happy and we generously reward those who make us happy. Check out the entry details here…

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