Doug Polk Smashes Through the $1million Mark Against Daniel Negreanu in Grudge Match with $300k Session Win

Doug Polk finally broke through the $1million milestone in his Grudge Match against Daniel Negreanu yesterday, posting an almost $300k session and vowing to close out the battle…

By: Andrew Burnett

The pair have been fighting it out over two tables of $200/$400 HUNL on WSOP.com, and Polk had come close to the magic figure several weeks ago.

A big comeback that saw Negreanu bag five sessions in a row seemed to put such thoughts of $million scores away, but Polk has since bounced back and yesterday’s 30th session was another massive win.

It arrived just after DNegs had gone on meltdown after losing Monday’s session, the GGPoker ambassador losing it in his post-match interview: “I’m not suggesting that the fucking software’s rigged, but man, it feels like it. It just doesn’t feel real, and I’ve been playing poker for- what am I, fucking 46? - I’ve been playing poker for 27, 28 years. This doesn’t feel possible. I know it is possible, and I know fucking variance is a thing. But it doesn’t feel possible. It just doesn’t feel fucking possible.”

That led to Negreanu offering $1million that he was running much worse than his rival, but he still had a good feeling going into yesterday’s session…

The Canadian legend got off to a good start, rivering a full house against pocket queens to land an early $55k pot, although Polk then hit back by picking off a huge bluff with 2nd pair on the other table.

Polk was on an absolute Twitter-fest throughout the session, playing on DNegs ‘unlucky’ claims for laughs, although Daniel wouldn’t have been too amused when he lost another stack in a pre-flop race…

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Polk: J♦ J♠
Negreanu: A♣ Q♥

Flop: 5♥ 5♦ 8♦
Turn: 4♣
River: 5♠

What followed was a terrible run of losses for Negreanu, with Polk soon sitting with $300k in front of him on table 2, courtesy of hands such as this one that had Polk tweeting out a genuine “lucky turn” this time…

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Polk: 10♠ K♦
Negreanu: 10♥ 7c

Flop: 7♦ 6♦ K♥
Turn: 10♣
River: 4♥

…and then there was this beautiful river for the Upswing Poker boss to rub salt into the wounds…

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Negreanu wasn’t completely out of it, helped by Polk’s massive river bluff into the nuts…

Polk: Q♠ 8♥
Negreanu: 8♠ 10♠

Flop: J♣ 9♠ 5♥
Turn: 7♦
River: 2♣

…but by the time all was said and done in session 30, it was a huge $300k loss for Daniel and Polk had made it to the magical $1million milestone.

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