Negreanu Polk Day 32
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Doug Polk Tries To Run Out The Clock In Session 32, Negreanu Wins $46k

Doug Polk and Daniel Negreanu returned from a weekend off in their High Stakes Duel High Stakes Feud match for another two hours of action on Monday.

The session came on the heels of an exciting trio of sessions last week, which saw nearly $800k in daily swings including an epic $390k comeback from Kid Poker on Friday. Although Negreanu still faced a deficit of $613k heading into Monday’s session, the victory at least gives him a chance at a comeback during the last 6,000 plus hands.

The Day 32 session lacked the drama of Friday, as Doug Polk played a defensive strategy of limping more pots, which even led to Negreanu calling Polk “Grandma Doug” in his post-match interview.

The strategy worked for Polk, as he lost about $340k less than he did on Friday’s session. Unfortunately for Polk, it wasn’t enough to complete stop the bleeding, as Negreanu chipped away another $46,854.50 from Polk’s lead and is now down to $565,708.96, the smallest lead since January 11th.

The day was also notable in that it was the shortest session since December 28th, when the pair stopped at the exact halfway point. On Monday, Negreanu and Polk played 438 hands over the minimum 2 hours.

Watch Day 32

Missed the action from Day 32 on Monday? Joey Ingram once again has you covered with his entertaining commentary and insight. Watch a full replay below:

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Daniel Negreanu had some fun with Polk’s new strategy of limping preflop, posting on Twitter that he needed to figure out “what this limping shit is all about.”

He followed that up during his post-match interview with Remko and Jeff Platt that he was surprised by the strategy after a wild session on Friday and dove into why he thought this was the case:

It has become significant . He doesn’t just money on the match to play. He’s got big side bets on the line. So it’s clear to me that there is fear and concern about losing that lead.

There is no world where this strategy is going to actually be +EV. He is going to be losing to me. The question is how much he loses…He could protect the lead that way.

Negreanu’s bewilderment to Polk’s strategy got a reaction from the man himself after the match, which he shared on Twitter:

In a post-match interview with Jaime Kerstetter and Mike Brady, Polk further explained the strategy.

“There are two main reasons I’m limping. The first reason is that limping is better than non limping. It’s a more complicated strategy, but it does add some EV. The other aspect here is that it decreases the standard deviation.”

“It stands to reason that if you play smaller pots there is less variance. It feels right to me.”

Next session: Wednesday

With Monday’s session in the books, Polk and Negreanu take a break on Tuesday before returning to the virtual felt on Wednesday beginning at 5:30 PM ET. As always, check out any of the great YouTube channels which have been religiously providing poker fans with daily coverage:

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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