One match getting a lot of recent attention is between The Thirst Lounge’s Bill Perkins and Landon Tice, who have revealed they have agreed to basic terms of a match. Things are getting serious — there are even PokerShares betting lines already up on the match.
To make things interesting, Tice is even giving Perkins a big head start.
What do we know about this match right now?
What game will Landon Tice and Bill Perkins be playing?
Like Negreanu vs Polk, they will sit down at a heads-up game of $200/$400 No Limit Hold’em.
How many hands will they play?
Perkins and Tice have agreed to play 20,000 hands, a bit less than Negreanu vs Polk and many of the Galfond Challenge matches.
How much of a head start is Tice giving Perkins?
Tice is the undisputed better player of the two. Before the start of the match, Tice will give Perkins a head start of $720,000, the equivalent of 9 bb/100.
For context, Doug Polk’s $1.2 million victory was the equivalent of 12 bb over hands. In Tice’s decision to play Perkins despite the handicap, he thinks he can beat Perkins by a large margin.
Any other notable rules?
Besides the basics of the challenge that have agreed upon, it is noteworthy that Perkins and Tice have agreed not to allow limping. During the waning days of the Negreanu vs Polk match, Polk employed a limping strategy to lower variance, a move that was panned by Negreanu and some of those watching the match.
— Bill Perkins (Guy) (@bp22) February 8, 2021
When will the Tice vs Perkins heads-up match start?
Tice says the plan is currently to play in May, to allow Perkins some time to study.
The battle vs @bp22 Is looking to start in May!
2021: The Year of GETTING AFTER IT
You LOVE to see it 🔥❤️ pic.twitter.com/0y0k72ugWi
— Landon (@LandonTice) February 7, 2021
Where will Tice and Perkins play?
Tice and Perkins have not settled on an online poker room to play their heads-up match. Top candidates could be WSOP.com from Nevada, partypoker, a Bill Perkins endorsed online poker room, or an offshore online poker room.
Will Tice and Perkins be playing with their own money?
Landon Tice has revealed he will be selling “a lot” of action for the challenge. “I’m not rolled to battle at nosebleeds. However, I am putting a very large amount of my relative net worth on myself winning it.”
While I’m not playing for 7 figure swings myself in the amount of action I personally have in this, I am in that position to do so for those that believe in me and have decided that I was someone worth betting on in a spot like this.
And that’s what’s truly amazing to me. 🤎
— Landon (@LandonTice) February 11, 2021
Who is Landon Tice?
Although the most unknown between the two players, Landon Tice is a respected Heads-up No Limit Hold’em player. Still, he is relatively new to the poker scene, having only played professionally for the last 2 years. Those who watched the Negreanu vs Polk High Stakes Feud will know Tice from his commentary on the match via the Joey Ingram YouTube channel.
In addition to Perkins, Tice is expected to also play Dusk Till Dawn’s Rob Yong.
Who is Bill Perkins?
Bill Perkins is a former hedge fund manager, who parlayed his wealth to become a prominent player in the poker world, accumulating over $5.4 million in live tournament winnings. He is the head of The Thirst Lounge, a popular Twitch stream showcasing “unique individuals navigating through the millionaire lifestyle.” He has occasionally played with friend and Instagram King Dan Bilzerian.
Last year, Perkins agreed to a heads-up challenge with Phil Galfond, but the pair halted play after a few sessions. It’s unclear at this point, whether that match would be completed before or after Perkins vs Tice.
What are the odds of Perkins vs Tice?
PokerShares will be taking wagers on the match. As of February 11th, Landon Tice is the favorite with European odds of 1.61 to win more than $720k. You can bet on Bill Perkins at 2.40. The market is effectively giving Tice a 60% chance of winning.
Who will win?
The smart money appears to be on Tice at this point. Poker pro Christian Harder summed it up best:
When are @LandonTice and @bp22 supposed to start playing? It seems the entire challenge comes down to whether Perkins takes it seriously and gets a lot coaching and does a lot of work. If he does he wins, if he doesn’t he gets roasted (IMO of course)
— Christian Harder (@realcharder30) February 11, 2021
Where can I watch Perkins vs Tice?
There has been no announcement of how poker fans would be able to watch the match yet. The only certainty at this time is that you will be able to watch.
The Thirst Lounge Twitch stream or YouTube channel are likely candidates for a streaming home. Tice pal Joey Ingram is also a good bet to be involved somehow.