The heads-up match that everyone has been waiting for is bringing the drama before even the first card is dealt! Doug Polk and Daniel Negreanu have planned to begin their heads-up match on November 1st, but the two are still ironing out the details. And one debate apparently still remains.
Pre-flop charts. Both sides seem adamant about their use – Negreanu opposed and Doug in favor of. And the two have had a heated back-and-forth on Twitter with several pros chiming in.
How about we make a deal.
1) No charts allowed of any kind
2) We show all of our holecards to the fans for the entire challenge.
We both give a little, the fans win.
Retweet if you want to see this.
— Doug "Truck Driver" Polk (@DougPolkVids) October 10, 2020
Part of the debate started because Doug wants to stream the entire match with hole cards visible, while Daniel prefers not to. In return Doug also wants to be able to use a pre-flop chart, while Negreanu once again would prefer not to.
1/3 you are a 6-1 favorite in the betting markets yet you feel the need to use a cheat sheet?
I won’t be using a cheat sheet, why should you?
You challenged ME to a match
I agreed to YOUR game, on YOUR approved platform, and YOUR format
— Daniel Negreanu (@RealKidPoker) October 9, 2020
Naturally, calling them “cheat sheets” is a bit of a stretch. However, Daniel’s point is valid in that he does appear to be a huge underdog in this match, and Doug likely isn’t making as many concessions as he is.
Of course, it wouldn’t be a juicy Twitter battle without many poker players choosing sides and voicing their opinions:
No worries about outside assistance, charts etc.
— Allen Kessler (@AllenKessler) October 11, 2020
You spent years criticizing everyone on your YouTube channel. You then retire, but find a way bait @RealKidPoker into a HU match where you’re a huge favorite mid WSOP.
Now you get some heat 🔥 for wanting to use a cheat sheet, and you want to take your ball and go home. https://t.co/SUiHrJAuRW
— Christian Soto Vasquez (@ChristianSotoTV) October 10, 2020
6-1 on Daniel.🤣 He is only one the finest players ever, he is primed and ready for this. My take is this match will never happen.
— Doyle Brunson (@TexDolly) October 10, 2020
Majority of the comments seemed to be on Negreanu’s side, but it appears neither are backing down from the match just yet.
Of course Phil Galfond decided to have some fun with it:
If any live players want to play a nosebleed online HUNL challenge against me, you can use infinite preflop charts and an RNG and I won’t use either!#idontevenplayNL
— Phil Galfond (@PhilGalfond) October 9, 2020
So far, what is agreed upon for the heads-up match is as follows:
-25,000 hand match. Two tables of $200-$400 NLH with auto top up to 100bb
-Losing player can quit after 12,500 hands
-If both parties agree, stakes can be raised in second half of the match.
Once again, the match is currently slated to start November 1 on WSOP.com. Will it actually happen? Only time will tell. But we’ll bring you all the details if it does.
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