With the Negreanu vs Polk heads-up match winding down and Doug Polk holding an insurmountable lead, Polk is looking to make Day 36 of the challenge a memorable one.
Doug Polk’s hole cards will be seen/heard for all hands during today’s session.
The confirmation came from Polk himself via Twitter earlier today. While it’s not entirely clear how the logistics would work or what poker fans will see, Polk noted that tonight’s hosts on the Doug Polk YouTube channel — Nick Schulman and Jaime Kerstetter — would be relayed the hole cards.
Ok ladies and gentlemen, we will be attempting to stream today's session WITH ALL CARDS.
— Doug Polk (@DougPolkVids) February 3, 2021
The news comes on the heels of a Twitter user — Henrique Rauen and Joey Ingram — floating the idea a few days ago:
Looks like this worked – nice suggestion @Henrique_Rauen
— Joey Ingram #passion (@Joeingram1) February 3, 2021
Watch the Doug Polk live stream
If you want to watch Doug Polk’s live stream with all hole cards, you will need to tune into the Doug Polk Youtube channel beginning at 5:30 PM ET/2:30 PM PT. A link will be provided below when it goes live:
On the Poker Life Podcast stream, Joey Ingram will be joined by Bill Perkins, where they could potentially drop into the coverage as well:
Will the High Stakes Feud end tonight?
Negreanu and Polk had originally planned for three sessions this week and that still might happen. But after playing nearly 2,000 hands on Monday, there are only 1,718 hands remaining in the challenge.
At this point, the pair are clearly ready for this match to be over, so the long session on Monday leaves open the possibility of the challenge ending today, if the desire is there to finish things up. If they do manage to play another epic session tonight, the session would likely last in the vicinity of 7 hours. If they peter out, the last session will be this Friday.
Does Negreanu have any chance to come back?
Virtually everyone, including Negreanu himself, has acknowledged that this match is over. Granted, 2,000 hands is a sizable amount of poker — three normal High Stakes Feud sessions — but Negreanu is down by $949,085 and the momentum has clearly been on Polk’s side.
So far, there have only been three winning sessions near or above $300k during the first 35 sessions:
- Daniel Negreanu – $390k on January 22nd over 1,046 hands
- Doug Polk – $332k on November 28th over 684 hands
- Doug Polk – $290k on January 22th over 700 hands
Considering that even if Negreanu won the equivalent of each of these sessions back-to-back-to-back, he would only barely come up ahead. Should Negreanu be able to claw back a handful of buy-ins early, it could at least make things somewhat interesting, but a crazy amount of things would have to go right for there to be any drama besides what new on-screen graphic Joey Ingram will roll out during the session.
Polk does have another weapon in his arsenal should things start to get silly — limping preflop, which will lower variance for Polk and keep things tamed. We all know how that turned out.
Another strategy – Polk could fold every hand and he would still finish up by over $400,000.