Negreanu bets Hellmuth that he can’t win in Aria’s $25,000 tournaments
By Bob Garcia
As the two poker greats prepare to play heads-up, DNegs gives Hellmuth a new challenge
It looks like Daniel Negreanu will keep challenging Phill Hellmuth any chance he gets. It all started when Negreanu reached out to the Poker Brat, asking him to face off in a heads-up battle, and that challenge was happily accepted. But now, as it wasn’t enough for DNegs, he shared some Tweets during the week indicating that Hellmuth isn’t able to compete against the best poker players in high-stakes tournaments, and the Poker Brat took the bait.
DNegs said in his tweet, “Bet offered and accepted: I’m laying $400k to @phil_hellmuth $200k that over 50 $25k buy-in @AriaLV tournaments that Hellmuth will end up in the red. If he shows a $1 profit he wins the bet.” As it says, if Hellmuth manages to finish in the black, that would mean that Negreanu has lost the bet and will need to hand over the six-figure sum.
This bet seems to be a clear extension of a recent discussion both poker legends had that was initially caused by the critiques that Hellmuth publicly shared against the six-time bracelet winner’s performance in the challenge he lost against Doug Polk a few weeks ago. These comments led Negreanu to seek a heads-up against Hellmuth at any stakes in any venue. Negreanu might have slight leverage, since the challenge seems to imply a cash game challenge, and he had spent a lot of his time studying it. However, both poker professionals agreed to play in a heads-up sit-n-go format on PokerGO’s High Stakes Duel. Negreanu will participate in the show for the second time, after beating Antonio Esfandiari, meaning he’s already familiar with everything related to the format.