Doug Polk wins heads up challenge against Negreanu for $1.2 million

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February 5, 2021 0 Comments



 Winner Winner Polk Dinner!!
After what seemed like an eternity, the much-publicised poker grudge match is finally over.
And Doug Polk won! Huge! 1.2 Million!

Session: +$255,722 over 1718 hands
Total: +$1,200,000 over 25000 hands
We won guys. We did it.
— Doug Polk (@DougPolkVids) February 4, 2021

 
Doug Polk Vs Daniel Negreanu challenge recap
Polk vs Negreanu bad blood has been there for years, with the former using his Youtube channel to express his displeasure on Negreanu’s playing style, openly criticizing him whenever an opportunity showed itself.
Well, last year, they decided to duel on the felt in a winner-take-all grudge match. Initially, the heads-up challenge was scheduled to start in October but it was later rescheduled to November.
The challenge did not have a specific time frame but it was to run perpetually until 25,000 hands were complete. However, the losing player had a chance to end the challenge prematurely at the halfway mark.

 
Doug Polk dominates Negreanu
Negreanu started rather strongly and quickly built a $116k lead after just 200 hands-which were played live.  However, after the transition to WSOP.com, the hot run simply fizzled out. Polk won more than $200k during the second session after a jaw-dropping, aggressive performance.
Negreanu’s luck continued to deteriorate as he lost more than $160k in the third session. However, he was able to win back $87k  during the fourth session.  Polk run of bad beats soon ensued and he lost more than $350k over four sessions, with Negreanu holding on to a $179k lead.
However, big wins in session 9,10, and 11 helped Polk to regain the lead, which he held on to until the very end.

 
Polk wins final session for $255k
Going to the final session, Polk already had $940k lead. Since Negreanu’s comeback at this stage was practically impossible, everyone expected Polk to play it slow.
However, he went in harder than before and won roughly $255k at the end.
Cumulatively, Polk managed to win $1.2 million off Negreanu.
In addition, he will earn roughly $550k from various side bets where he had bet on himself. Talk of self-confidence.

 
Reactions
We sampled a few reactions from Twitter after his big win.

Huge congrats to @DougPolkVids. Incredible performance. Will go down as one of the best ever 🐐
— Ryan Riess (@RyanRiess1) February 4, 2021

One of the things I will remember is when you ended a session down $380k and at one point you were down $450k, and you were laughing and smiling and not talking about shoving teeth up people’s asses. I don’t think you called one person on “c*cksucker” either… you vegan?
— James McCue (@jamestmccue) February 4, 2021

Enjoy your retirement. I think we will see you in some big tourney in a couple of years, but man you are living the dream. Your hard work gives you the option to just quit (which is weird, hard work/quitting) and do something else. GL GL on your journey, just don’t quit trolling
— James McCue (@jamestmccue) February 4, 2021

 
What’s next for Doug Polk?
For several months now, Polk has reiterated that he is not keen on a return to professional poker. This may be the last time we see him competing professionally. But, who knows? Maybe a lucrative offer in the future will bring him back. We just have to wait and see.

Haha unfortunately this is a limited time offer, very shortly im packng it in. Im sure there are other guys who would give you some action tho.
Also appreciate the kind words ^^
— Doug Polk (@DougPolkVids) February 3, 2021
 
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