DNegs still behind, but trying to catch up on grudge match
By Bob Garcia
Several recent wins in the ongoing heads-up battle give Negreanu a fighting chance
The heads-up poker battle between Daniel Negreanu and Doug Polk wears on, with Polk still commanding a massive lead. DNegs has been able to find some wins as the competition has reached the halfway mark, but not enough to overcome his huge deficit. At last count, after being down by $957,000, Negreanu is $770,000 behind Polk.
Negreanu’s wins came during a marathon session that saw him pick up $143,642 as a mounted a comeback. The two took a break from their battle to take a stab at the WSOP Main Event before returning to the tables to add three more sessions before 2020 came to a close. Negreanu picked up another $17,962 on December 21, but just two days later, lost almost all of it when Polk went on a hot streak. The last session, played on December 28, found Negreanu picking up $40,000, but that’s not enough to threaten Polk’s lead.
During a post-session interview following the last session, Negreanu said, “We kind of thought it made sense to stop at the halfway point and readjust. See if we want to continue playing or not. It’s kind of a good time because our next match isn’t until January 4 and we can decide will the match continue?”
Negreanu still hasn’t decided, according to his comments during that interview, but isn’t ready to throw in the towel. He explained, “If it’s a football game at the half, if you were down 49-0 against a really good team, you might go ‘You know what, guys? Let’s pack it in for the second half. Let’s not get out there. Let’s go have some beers.’ But I don’t think it’s quite that bad. It’s 19-0. He’s up 19 points. Three touchdowns is what I need and that’s essentially what three big winning sessions could look like. If you play longer sessions, you can win 10, 12, 15 buy-ins, especially as the stacks get deeper. I’m going to have to run really hot to win the match, but he did that in the first half. As the match went longer, I started playing better and better. The version of me today is not the same version of me in the first week.”