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Poker Pro Mike Matusow Bets Half His Bankroll On Daniel Negreanu To Defeat Doug Polk

Matusow Tweeted Thursday That He Bet $10,000 Of His $20,000 Bankroll On Negreanu At 4:1 Odds


Mike Matusow bet a large percentage of his bankroll that fellow poker pro Daniel Negreanu will defeat Doug Polk in their upcoming heads-up grudge match. Half of it to be exact.

In a Thursday afternoon tweet, Matusow said that he bet $10,000 of his $20,000 bankroll on Negreanu to win, getting 4:1 on his money. He said another quarter of that roll went to a bet he placed in March that President Donald Trump would be re-elected.

The aggressive bankroll management displayed by Matusow was a little concerning to the two players involved in the match.

“Please don’t do this,” Polk tweeted to Matusow.

Negreanu also acknowledged the insane risk and simply responded with a gif.

Given the odds offered on Negreanu, the four-time World Series of Poker bracelet winner wasn’t the only one looking to bet on “Kid Poker.” 15-time WSOP bracelet winner Phil Hellmuth tweeted Wednesday that he was looking to bet on Negreanu as well.

Hellmuth cited the price as the main reason he wanted to bet on Negeranu.

Hellmuth got the action instantaneously as Polk responded to the tweet offering to take the bet himself. Hellmuth agreed and booked the bet, risking $20,000 to win $80,000 from Polk.

25-year-old high-roller Ali Imsirovic, who has $8.9 million in tournament earnings, responded to Hellmuth as well. Imsirovic said he would take the bet and risk $400,000 to win $100,000 from Hellmuth. Hellmuth didn’t respond to Imsirovic.

While there haven’t been a ton of public statements regarding side action, there will likely be a lot of money being bet on Polk from some of the younger high-stakes players. Imsirovic was obviously willing to put some cash on Doug and Adam Hendrix, who has $1.4 million in tournament earnings tweeted that he was looking to bet on him as well.

Polk and Negreanu agreed to start their match Nov. 1. Throughout October, there were very public negotiations on Twitter regarding the rules surrounding the match, especially when it came to the use preflop charts.

The match will mostly be played on and will be two tables of $200-$400 heads-up no-limit hold’em with 100-big blind stacks that will automatically top up to the max as soon as either player falls below that threshold.

High-stakes pro Kane Kalas will provide streaming commentary for the match and in exchange for the banning of preflop charts, there will be a brief segment that will be played live with hole cards exposed.