Battle of Giants

Negreanu and Polk pictured at a table together whilst the feud was building, they will be playing a grudge match heads up tp settle the dispute

Grudge Match

The grudge match between Negreanu and Polk, will it happen? Will we get to see the heads-up poker challenge? Well, it seems so. The website PokerGo is producing the first stage, and executive producer Mori Eskandani has been talking up the event. This $200/$400 high stakes game will be in the form of 25,000 hands of poker over many weeks. The first 200 hands will be streamed live on PokerGo website and their Youtube channel (PokerGo is subscription-based). It will move from live play at the PokerGo Studio in the Aria Hotel & Casino, Las Vegas, to online at, with the pair heads-up 3 or 4 times a week.

A 4 Year Spat

It is fair to say that the two players have not seen eye-to-eye since 2016 at least. It all began when PokerStars announced that it was increasing game rake. At that time, Daniel Negreanu was the brand Ambassador and he supported the move. Negreanu claimed that a higher rake would remove the poker sharks and give the recreational player a better chance. However, Doug Polk disagreed and made it known on his podcast. In fact, on the first day of the Super High Roller Bowl event, Negreanu and Polk were seated next to each other. The seat draw could not have worked out better for Polk who after 27 minutes took off his shirt to reveal a t-shirt underneath emblazoned with the words “More Rake is Better”.

Battle of Bracelets

Daniel Negreanu, nickname ‘Kid Poker’ has won six WSOP bracelets and two WPT Championship titles, while Doug Polk has three WSOP titles. It is fair to say that Polk was in the past, considered the best heads-up player in the world. Does he still have what it takes? Will the grudge match between Negreanu and Polk actually conclude? I shall keep you posted. In the meantime, why not take a look at this online poker series from 3RedBats Poker, read more here.

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