Daniel Negreanu Fires Back with $143k Grudge Match Win over Doug Polk

Just when everyone was predicting that Doug Polk would cross the $1million marker in the epic Grudge Match against Daniel Negreanu, the Canadian legend bounced back yesterday with a $143k session win…

By: Andrew Burnett

A heater over the previous half dozen sessions had seen the Upswing Poker boss pull out to a $957k lead as the duelling duo closed in on the 10k-hands milestone.

Polk’s tweeted graph below shows how close he was to $1million profit in the $200/$400 HUNL, just a little more than one buy-in needed to cross the magic line.

Negreanu, however, was still undaunted by the task ahead of him, perhaps buoyed by the fact he had been incredibly unlucky so far – the stats supporting how brutal variance can be even after thousands of hands…

Session 18 started with another harsh blow for the GGPoker ambassador, tweeting: ‘Started my day losing set over set in a 4 bet pot. How is your day going?’ after his turn shove was snapped off in an $85k pot…

Polk: J♠ J♦
Negreanu: 4♥ 4♦

Flop: J♣ 4♣ 9♠
Turn: 8♣
River: A♣

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Unlike their most recent sessions, however, DNegs managed to battle through the occasional cooler and build up healthy stacks on both tables.

That was helped by getting full value out of the following hand, Polk tank-calling the overshove on the river only to receive the bad news that $108k was heading across the table to Negreanu…

Polk: 7♥ 7♦
Negreanu: 3♥ 6♥

Flop: 5♣ 4♦ 2♠
Turn: 7♣
River: J♥

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Kings versus jacks all-in preflop won back the same size pot for Polk a while later, and a tough turn call saw his pocket aces hold up as they faded the flush on the river, another $80k pot heading to Polk in an action-packed session.

The biggest pot of the day was this $159k monster, Polk’s aggression and river bluff being picked off by Negreanu…

Polk: Q♥ K♣
Negreanu: A♥ J♦

Flop: A♣ 2♣ 2♠
Turn: J♠
River: 7♣

…and Polk later tweeting, “Crazy one today. It would be nice to play a session where I dont have a hand where I lose 2 buyins bluffing with no equity. Wonder if there is any way to prevent that.”

One final hand showed that Daniel’s luck had changed, for a day at least, when he took another stack from his rival,

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Polk: K♦ K♣
Negreanu: 6♥ 6♠

Flop: 3♣ 9♥ 7♠
Turn: 6♦
River: 5♠

…and that was pretty much it, Negreanu ending the long session up $143k and, if not exactly back in the match, safe in the knowledge that the $1million milestone had faded a bit further into the rear-view mirror.


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