Doug Polk and Daniel Negreanu sat down for another session on Friday, a session that came on the heels of one of the most controversial moments of the High Stakes Feud heads-up match.
Despite winning over six figures on Wednesday, Polk was not shy in expressing his disappointment over Negreanu’s slower reaction time, which was in response to his new limping strategy. Phil Galfond entered the picture as a mediator and things calmed down heading into Day 34 with Polk ahead by over $700k.
On Friday, it mostly all Doug Polk for most of the session with Polk up by about $250k at one point. Fortunately for Negreanu, he won some big pots down the stretch, even briefly taking the lead before finishing the session down only around $35,000, occurring right at the end of play.
But most importantly for the ultimate result of the challenge is that another 1,386 hands were played — a record high for the match — with no improvement for Negreanu, making his task of coming back that much more difficult.
With 3,600 or so hands left, this means that Negreanu would have to win $735k, or around 18 buy-ins, to win this match.
Watch Day 34
If you missed the live action on Friday night, you can still watch replays through all the channels covering the event. On the Joey Ingram YouTube channel, he was joined by BenCB for part of the 4 hour session. You can watch the entire replay below:
In his post-match interview, Negreanu was pleased with his comeback during the session but once again bemoaned his fortune on the day. “Nobody wants to hear it, but I just had nothing today. Can you think of any really good hands that I today?”
Negreanu once again cited his misfortune on draws:
“I really do, just for the sake of my own sanity — when this is all said and done — I want to see what my completion percentage is in straight and flush draws. Because I think it’s astronomically low.”
“It was a long one today…Today my gameplan was to play really fast and bang out some hands and we did that.” Although Polk was disappointed in the last part of the season he was pleased with the overall result.
“Going into today, if you said “Doug, would you take 1400 hands and up a buy-in?” Yes, slam dunk.”
Next session: Monday
This was the week of the limp and tanking. What will next week bring? After a break this weekend, the pair will pick things up on Monday, with a 3-session schedule next week with match days set for Monday, Wednesday and Friday at 5:30 PM ET.
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