Daniel Negreanu Lands Crushing $200k Blow in Doug Polk Grudge Match

Daniel Negreanu stunned his critics with a $200k+ win against Doug Polk, wiping out all his losses and emerging $25k ahead in the Grudge Match of the Century…

By: Andrew Burnett

The duelling pair were into day five of their grudge-settling match, battling out two tables online on WSOP.com at stakes of $200/$400, with Heads Up No Limit Hold’em (HUNL) the game of choice for the expected 25,000 hands.

Though Negreanu had taken the opening live session last week, Polk had hit back with two huge online wins, before Negreanu redressed the balance somewhat on Wednesday with an $87k win.

Yesterday, however, was the first time Negreanu dominated his opponent, although it started off with an early stacking of DNegs after a typical race hit Polk’s pocket pair hard on the flop.

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Polk: 10♣ 10♥
Negreanu: A♥ K♥
Board: 2♠ 4♠ 10♠ J♣ 7♥

The duo continued to trade blows and stacks for the next hour or so, with Negreanu landing a cooler on the river to take the lead after Polk had again outflopped him in a 3-bet pot.

DNegs check-called the flop and turn, the latter an 80% pot bet from Polk, and the river saved the day for Negreanu, costing Polk another full stack…

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Polk: Q♥ 9♥
Negreanu: A♣ Q♣
Flop: 8♦ J♣ 10♦
Turn: 6♥
River: K♥

It didn’t stop there, with Negreanu producing pocket aces to outgun Polk’s flopped top pair, king kicker, and then aces again to beat top pair, and so it continued until the end of the session, Negreanu posting a $206,994 win over 365 hands.

That 5 buy-in victory even put DNegs ahead overall, $25,916 lead that will undoubtedly keep him smiling across the weekend, play scheduled to resume on Monday afternoon.

In a surprising change in his usual cold-war attitude towards his archenemy, Polk was full of praise for his opponent afterwards, tweeting out…

We’ll be back next week with all the best of the action and stories from the Grudge Match of the Century, so be sure to check in daily!

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