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Daniel Negreanu is Not Quitting – High Stakes Feud Resumes Monday

Six-time World Series of Poker bracelet winner Daniel Negreanu announced Friday that he is not quitting the High Stakes Feud versus Doug Polk.

Negreanu, who currently trails the Upswing Poker co-founder by approximately $775,000, confirmed that the “grudge match” will go the full distance of 25,000 hands.

Once Hand #12,501 is dealt, there is no ‘mercy rule’ provision that would allow either contestant to preemptively quit the challenge.

#PokerTwitter Provides Encouragement to Negreanu

Fans have been quick to offer advice and encouragement to Negreanu upon learning the grudge match will indeed go the distance.

Tweet: “It’s very entertaining, and I think you can pull it back and win. {Doug}’s a bluffer, so upgrade your starting hands a bit and only call his all-ins with a decent hand, I think you will win.” [email protected]

Tweet: “{Doug} knows very little poker theory, he’s heavily obsessed with GTO. Thinks it’s unbeatable. Thinks GTO plays are ‘correct.’ If I were you I’d target these flaws. It’s nothing I haven’t said before: I’d make plays he thinks are incorrect. (They can still be GTO).” [email protected]

Tweet: “Gladiators don’t quit they die trying.” [email protected]

Both Competitors Have Impressed Fans So Far

Despite initial concerns that the $200/$400 No Limit Hold’em matchup would devolve into off-the-table social media disputes, both Polk and Negreanu have communicated respect for one another following 12,500 hands.

Thousands of viewers have tuned-in for the real time session broadcasts hosted by GGPoker, Upswing Poker, Joey Ingram, and Solve For Why — granting dozens of poker players an opportunity to display their commentating skills before a global audience.

High Stakes Heads-Up Matches Will Remain Popular in 2021

High stakes heads-up poker matches have become somewhat of a staple in the community since Phil Galfond and Venividi went down to the wire in their own €100/€200 Pot Limit Omaha contest. The Run It Once Poker executive claimed final victory with less than 100 (out of 25,000 total) hands remaining.

The ongoing heads-up battles are likely to endure well into 2021.

Second “Live Session” at PokerGO Studio Still Pending

The prospects of a second “live session” at the PokerGO Studio remains TBD due to social distancing considerations.

It took approximately two months for Daniel and Doug to complete the first half of their High Stakes Feud (over a total of 22 sessions) — meaning the “grudge match” could very well conclude in February if current trends hold.

This would allow plenty of time for both competitors to coordinate a second “live session” if restrictions are eased by that point.

Daniel Negreanu Seeks to Narrow the Lead on Monday

Round #23 of the High Stakes Feud begins Monday, January 4th, at 2:30pm Pacific Time on WSOP.com Nevada.

By that time, the poker world will have learned who has claimed the 2020 WSOP Main Event bracelet in the heads-up championship match between Damian Salas and Joseph Hebert.

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