Large Raises Work for Doug Polk Who Again Runs Hot

On Day 10 of his challenge with Daniel Negreanu, Doug Polk ran red hot yet again and now leads the heads-up poker match by six figures.

Doug Polk Daniel Negreanu

Doug Polk continues to run red hot against Daniel Negreanu. (Image: YouTube)

Polk even got lucky in a hand in which he also got unlucky. In the hand in question, both players turned a diamond flush, although Negreanu had Polk who had a queen-high flush, crushed and in a world of hurt with a king-high flush. Then, a fourth diamond landed on the river, saving Polk an extra $25,000 in a pot where he still lost $50,000.

A big part of the challenge through 10 sessions has been how pure Polk has run in all-in pots. According to Corey Steel (@CoreySteel_ on Twitter), Negreanu entered Monday’s session down $115,000 in expected value on all-in bets with cards still to come. On Day 10, there weren’t any hands with an all-in and call with cards to come.

On Day 9, Polk ran red hot and dominated from start to finish, ending with a $205,521 profit over 377 hands. That put the Upswing Poker founder back in front by just $26,000. He backed the truck up once again on Monday although, as GGPoker YouTube commentator Brent Hanks said multiple times during the live-stream, Negreanu was competitive for much of the session.

Massive Bets Work Like a Charm for Polk

As we’ve seen through 10 sessions, Polk’s over-sized bets sometimes work and, at other times, Negreanu picks off his bluffs. On Monday, Polk made a killing firing off large over-sized bets and check-raises on the river. Negreanu, in many of these situations, called and lost to a better hand.

But he wasn’t calling off light every time he lost a huge pot to an overbet on the river. Early in the four-hour session, the longest session thus far, Negreanu turned the nut straight only to lose an $80,000 pot to a rivered full house. That was a sign of bad things to come for the GGPoker ambassador, who battled hard and led by around $30,000 through the first couple of hours.

Then it all came crumbling down and Polk began to take over the match. In multiple spots, Polk check-raised 5-7 times the size of Negreanu’s bet, forcing a fold. Perhaps out of frustration with the bets, Negreanu finally made the call in one pot in which Polk raised a $3,600 bet to $22,000, only to find out the Upswing Poker founder flopped trips, which took down the pot.

In total, the apparently no-longer-feuding poker pros who have been surprisingly cordial throughout the match, have played at least 18% of the challenge, and even more than that if it only goes 12,500 hands. Polk won approximately $117,000 on Monday and now leads the overall challenge by around $141,000.

That lead is the equivalent of about 3.5 buy-ins, so it’s still anyone’s ballgame.

Written by
Jon Sofen
Semi-pro poker player with 17 years experience on the felt and more than five years working as professional poker media.


Xavier Jackalope IV wrote...

Sounds like they both are amazing.

Rob Hobson wrote...

Thank you!

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