The moment is finally here when Doug Polk and Daniel Negreanu have to meet and iron out their long grudge by playing a heads-up match. The two have been sending each other hash messages through Twitter for poker lovers to see. Doug, a head-up NL specialist and semi-retired poker player from Canada, is returning from retirement to play against Negreanu. The match occurs on November 1, 2020, and will be broadcasted on PokerGO.
Hyping the Upcoming Game
While fans are the ones who hype an anticipated match, Doug and Negreanu are doing so on their Twitter pages or podcast. The two are exchanging various views regarding several things that might apply to the game; the recent exchange was about the preflop chart.
Polk and Negreanu will play two-table of $200 and $400 NL in two-hour sessions to get 25,000 hands. However, there is an opt-out at the middle point where the losing player will walk away or increase the stakes. Another debate that has been going on is whether or not the two should show hole cards and preflop charts.
Negreanu is looking forward to an old-school heads-up match, claiming it is not complicated for preflop poker. In a DAT Podcast, Negreanu said that the two of them were not making decisions before the flop. Thus, showing the preflop chart is a way of eliminating the preflop poker skills and delaying until the flopping moment.
In the beginning, Negreanu didn’t have any problems with the chart, but his advisor asked him to proceed with caution, which led to him asking for a preflop chart to be displayed. However, Polk responded in his Twitter post that Negreanu didn’t care about the preflop ranges but now thinks it’s a cheating sheet.
Negreanu used unkind words to describe it and said he couldn’t wait to beat Negreanu during the upcoming match. The six World Series of Poker (WSOP) bracelets and two World Poker Tour (WPT) winner, Daniel, still feel that Polk is a 6-to-1 favorite and shouldn’t need cheat sheets.
Daniel also feels that the two don’t need hand charts. He thinks that being the underdog of the upcoming match puts him at a disadvantage, and it would be worse if hand charts were revealed.
Polk and Negreanu’s exchange of words is a way of getting into each other’s head before the match day. However, the fight between the two poker players did not start yesterday. Polk has been eyeing Daniel and even once criticized him for underestimating his opponents. After a long time, poker fans are about to see if the war will end after the November 1 match.