On Monday, Daniel Negreanu and Doug Polk continued their heads-up challenge that many believed would never happen. It was not just the first session of 2021 but also the first session after Negreanu agreed to continue the match after the pair hit the 12,500 mark, the official midway point of the challenge.
With Negreanu down by nearly seven figures at one point, some had been encouraging him to quit the challenge, but his fighting spirit and documented bad luck seem to have inspired Negreanu to keep going.
Day 23 of the challenge began at 5:30 PM on Monday with Negreanu down by just $770k through the first two months of the challenge. Polk had been up by as much $957,932.57 before Negreanu clawed back in the days before the half-way point, winning three out of four sessions.
During Monday’s session, Negreanu and Polk played for another 3 hours with Negreanu managing to continue his winning streak by taking home around $27,000 over 500 hands. With the positive session, Negreanu has now won three sessions in a row, cutting his lead to $743,248.28.
With the 500 hands played on Monday, Negreanu and Polk have now completed 13,000 hands of the Challenge. At current pace, the heads-up match is set to be completed sometime in mid/late February or early March.
After the match, Polk and Negreanu both sat down for post-match interviews.
Negreanu was feeling good with the session, as he was close to a goal of winning a buy-in per session on Monday, which is what Negreanu will have to average to overcome the large deficit. “If we win 1 buy-in per session, we win. Obviously it’s not going to go like that,” before later saying, “I’m feeling good. I love playing heads-up. This is a lot of fun for me.”
For Polk, he said “It was an interesting one today. We went back and forth,” before getting into some hands and then some general topics.
Check out the full interview below:
Watch Day 23
Joey Ingram was joined by Landon Tice to commentate on Day 23 to provide their usual entertaining insight. Check out a replay of the stream below:
With the holidays in the rearview mirror, Negreanu and Polk are back to a normal schedule of their heads-up challenge.
That means that on most weeks that poker fans can enjoy streaming coverage three times a week, typically on Monday, Wednesday and Friday. The next session is set for Wednesday where the pair plan to begin playing at their normal time of 5:30 PM ET.
Per usual, viewers can tune into one of the handful of YouTube channels streaming the match live:
GG Poker Official YouTube Channel with Jeff Platt (Daniel Negreanu official stream)
DougPolkPoker Official YouTube Channel
Upswing Poker Official Twitch Channel with Mike Brady
Joey Ingram YouTube Channel
Solve for Why YouTube channel, featuring Matt Berkey and Christian Soto