Doug Polk Starts to Nit it Up to Preserve His Lead in Heads Up Feud with Daniel Negreanu

Doug Polk has been accused of being a coward by Mike Matusow for nitting it up during the late stage of the High stakes Feud match against Daniel Negreanu. Just over a week ago Negreanu pulled out a monster result by ending the session up $390,032, which is still the match record.

By: Mark Patrickson

Did Polk feel that he was now under serious threat?

Negreanu followed up that session with a $46,854 win, but hasn’t won one since. Maybe Polks' limping strategy threw him slightly because it was certainly unexpected.

VeniVidi1993, who lost in the final session of his PLO match against Phil Galfond, told Negreanu on Twitter that the idea is to reduce variance and actually tempt him into limping as well. This will increase the EV of Polk’s strategy switch.

If this strategy switch is purely defensive then it’s a shame but totally understandable. The match should end this week and by playing tight Polk has almost wrapped up victory already with his $945,804 lead.

No Rematch!

It looks like Polk is mentally shattered from this challenge. While clearly the stronger player in the first half of the match, Negreanu has constantly upped his game to become a real threat.

Polk says there will absolutely be no rematch.

“I am not going to play a rematch. There has been a lot of talk about this, its simply not going to happen. I'm way too burned out from all of the study/prep/play and dont enjoy the game.” said Polk.

He also said there will be no match against either Bill Perkins or Dan Bilzerian which is a massive shame. Polk vs. Bilzerian would be the biggest thing in poker for a long time. Imagine if Bilzerian shot his mouth off and offered a $20 million match. Who knows if Polk could take that action on his own but he would get backing in a heartbeat.

We would love to see that!

Negreanu vs. Polk Heads-Up Feud Results

Session Result Overall Hands Overall Hands
1 Daniel +$116,500 Daniel +$116,500 200 200
2 Doug +$218,292 Doug +$101,792 424 624
3 Doug +$166,239 Doug +$268,031 382 1006
4 Daniel +$87,166 Doug +$180,865 366 1372
5 Daniel +$206,994 Daniel +$25,916 365 1737
6 Doug +$93,542 Doug +$67,625 637 2374
7 Daniel +$222,832 Daniel +$155,206 591 2965
8 Daniel +$24,156 Daniel +$179,363 457 3422
9 Doug +$205,521.74 Doug +$26,371.78 377 3799
10 Doug +$120,023 Doug +$264,019 386 5067
11 Doug +$117,624.38 Doug +$143,996 852 4651
12 Doug +$332,178 Doug +$596,197 684 5751
13 Daniel +$17,780 Doug +$578,417 476 6227
14 Daniel +$13,000 Doug +$565,417 788 7015
15 Daniel +$46,581.88 Doug +$514,417 452 7469
16 Doug +$160,348.99 Doug +$674,417 824 7921
17 Doug +$101,713 Doug +$784,560 662 8800
18 Doug +$175,000 Doug +$957,932 700 8500
19 Daniel +$143,642 Doug +$814,290 834 10784
20 Daniel +$120,000 Doug +$694,290 600 11317
21 Doug +$114,140 Doug +$810,468 904 12221
22 Daniel +$35,000 Doug +$775,468 279 12500
23 Daniel +$27,000 Doug +$743,248 650 13050
24 Daniel +$98,579 Doug +$644,668 700 13750
25 Daniel +$27,945 Doug +$616,722 750 14750
26 Daniel +$130,000 Doug +$486,722 600 15350
27 Doug +$120,000 Doug +$603,683 600 15850
28 Doug +$26,198 Doug +$629,882 650 16500
29 Doug +$73,000 Doug +$702,822 500 17000
30 Doug +$298,000 Doug +$1,002,595 770 17770
31 Daniel +$390,032 Doug +$617,000 1180 18924
32 Daniel +$46,854 Doug +$565,708 438 19362
33 Doug +$136,239 Doug +$701,948 560 19922
34 Doug +$34,000 Doug +$735,948 1350 21272
35 Doug +$209,000 Doug +$945,804 2000 23,306

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