Doug Polk, Daniel Negreanu Agree in Principle on Early November Start to Heads-Up Match

The long-anticipated heads-up grudge match between Daniel Negreanu and Doug Polk appears set to begin in early November following the latest caustic social-media exchange between the two. After more than two months with no meeting of the minds between the two prominent poker pros, who have no love lost between them, the two have agreed to general terms of their online clash.

By: Haley Hintze

The poker world waited for several weeks after Polk again baited Negreanu for an update back on October 1st:

At the time, Negreanu responded with this:

Now, with November in sight, Polk has confirmed via an e-mail to his Upswing Poker mailing list that the match is on for early November, even if the specific starting date hasn’t yet been set. According to an update at Upswing Poker, and based on a drawn-out exchange of Tweets between the two players, the basic rules of the grudge match have been established:

Rule #1: The match will be played at $200/$400 on two tables at a time. Polk had initially argued for more tables.

Rule #2: The match will be played on This followed an argument by Negreanu that the match should be played on GGPoker, where he’s a sponsored pro, but Polk countered by noting that GGPoker isn’t even authorized in Nevada, where both he and Negreanu reside. Both players have successfully loaded million-dollar bankrolls onto the sight.

Rule #3: Officially, the match will be 12,500 hands, with a 12,500-hand extension option for the losing player. This is a roundabout way of stating that it’s actually a 25,000-hand match, with an option for the losing player to buy out at the halfway point.

Rule #4: No preflop charts, HUDs (heads-up displays) or hand trackers may be used. Polk had argued for their inclusion, but Negreanu wouldn’t be swayed on this point.

Rule #5: The players will show hole cards for a portion of the match at the PokerGo studio, which will broadcast some of the match via its paid-subscription service. Negreanu is a minority owner in PokerCentral, the parent company of PokerGO.

Other info released includes that Kane Kalas will commentate the PokerGo-aired parts of the match, while Polk has announced that he plans to find a way to stream some of the other action to the poker public.


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