We’re starting to sound like a broken record here, but Doug Polk booked yet another big win against Daniel Negreanu in their heads-up challenge. The Upswing Poker founder is now just printing money at the $200/$400 Heads-Up No-Limit Hold’em tables on WSOP.com, and he’s showing his doubters why he was such a heavy favorite entering the challenge.
The popular poker stars met again on the virtual felt on Wednesday. They each mixed in some big bluffs, hit some big hands, and check-raised with the nuts over the course of three hours and 662 hands.
After it was all said and done, Polk logged out of his WSOP.com account with $101,713 more in his bankroll than before the day began. Those six-figure wins are starting to become par for the course for Polk.
Polk Pulling Away
Polk has now turned a profit exceeding $100,000 in six of the past nine sessions. He leads the overall challenge by $784,560 in 8,970 hands. This match is supposed to go 25,000 hands, but the player who trails at the midway point (12,500 hands) has the option to call it quits without penalty. If the current trends continue, you have to wonder if Negreanu will move on after 12,500 hands.
That said, there’s still time for the GGPoker ambassador to get it together and make a comeback. Weird things happen in heads-up poker challenges. Phil Galfond rallied from a deficit exceeding more than $900,000 in a Pot-Limit Omaha competition against “VeniVidi1993.” So, who’s to say Negreanu can’t do the same, even though he’s facing one of the best Heads-Up No-Limit Hold’em players ever?
Negreanu’s recent post-match interviews on GGPoker’s YouTube channel are a stark contrast from the tone earlier in the match. Even when Negreanu was down by six figures a couple weeks ago, he remained positive and calm in his post-match interviews. That’s all changed, as he’s starting to show some signs of frustration and has been tilting a bit.
“What the f**k is going on?” he asked at the start of his Wednesday interview following the rough session. “Do I have to start every motherf*****g, c***s*****g session turning a motherf******g straight when he f*****g makes a flush? What the f**k, dude? I have trips, he has a f*****g flush, I turn a straight, he makes a f*****g flush.”
It’s starting to become a trend that Polk stacks Negreanu early in a session. That happened yet again on Wednesday when Polk rivered a flush, cracking Negreanu’s straight. The hand gave Polk a quick $50,000 lead, which he never relinquished.