Daniel Negreanu cuts Doug Polk lead in half

Daniel Negreanu Nearly Cuts Doug Polk’s Lead In Half From December 9th Low

Daniel Negreanu and Doug Polk returned on Monday for Day 26 of their High Stakes Feud heads-up match with Daniel Negreanu coming into the day with some serious momentum.

That momentum continued on Monday with Negreanu winning another $132,648.63 on the session to book his 5th winning session in a row and 6th out of the last 7. During the streak, Negreanu has nearly cut Polk’s lead in half, from down by $957k on December 9th to $484,073.93 after Monday’s session.

The pair played for four hours and grinded an estimated 4 hours. Though 26 sessions, Negreanu and Polk have now played 15,250 hands towards the 25,000 goal.

The pace is being picked up compared to the first part of the challenge when they averaged just 2 or 3 hours of play per day. If the 750 hand pace is maintained, the challenge would likely last another 13 sessions. With three sessions a week, that would mean around a month of heads-up action between Polk and Negreanu and put the end of the challenge somewhere in the middle of February.

Is Negreanu poised to pull a Galfond?

Negreanu’s comeback could be short-lived, and the odds continue to be steep, but some have questioned whether he could come all the way back at this point, much like Phil Galfond did during his own heads-up match against Venividi. Galfond famously came back from a $1 million deficit in the middle of his first Galfond Challenge match, a deficit so steep it almost made Galfond almost quit.

It was Venividi himself who brought up this very question on Twitter after Monday’s session:

Watch session #26

Joey Ingram and Landon Tice were at the mic during Day 26 of the Heads-Up Challenge from Ingram’s YouTube channel. Watch the challenge in its entirety below:


After the session, Polk noted that he is on a 12 buy-in downswing but maintains that he likes how he is playing. In his post-game interview with the Mike Brady and Jaime Kerstetter, Polk deadpanned “It’s nice to have winning sessions. I hope we are going to have another at one point, but other than that, today was a day and poker was played.”

Negreanu understandably was pleased with another big win, but didn’t think today was the “sun run” he has been hoping would finally come his way.

Next up

With Day 26 in the books, Negreanu and Polk will now take their normal break on Tuesday before returning to the challenge on Wednesday. When action resumes at 5:30 PM ET, poker fans can watch through one of the following channels:

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


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