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Poker Pros Daniel Negreanu And Doug Polk To Start Grudge Match With Live Poker

First 200 Hands Of Match Will Be Played Live And Streamed From Aria

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One of poker’s most anticipated grudge matches in recent history gets underway in just two days. But unlike other heads-up grudge matches, the mostly online battle will get underway in the live arena.

After originally shooting for a Nov. 1 start, Daniel Negreanu tweeted Saturday that his heads-up match against Doug Polk would get cards in the air Nov. 4.

The six-time World Series of Poker bracelet winner also confirmed that the first 200 hands of the $200-$400 no-limit hold’em match will be played in the live setting at the Aria and will be streamed on PokerGO. High-stakes pro Kane Kalas will be doing the commentary for the live portion, according to prior tweets.

The rest of the match will be played online on WSOP.com. While there are no official streams, it’s likely several people will commentate the match on their own platform.

Just a day later, Polk tweeted that the two had spoken privately and that preflop charts will be allowed for the match. This is a 180-degree flip from Negreanu’s previous opinion that charts should not be allowed.

“I still won’t be using them FYI but agree that he can. I will be taking notes as will he, and it seems like if notes are allowed, you could just write out info on paper, so it’s hard to argue against it,” said Negreanu in a reply to Polk’s thread.

Earlier on Saturday, Negreanu confirmed that he obtained a $1 million cashier’s check from his bank and deposited it into his online account through the Caesars cage. He has been playing heads-up no-limit hold’em online for several weeks now as practice for his match, as has Polk, and they have had wildly different results.

According to a Negreanu tweet, he only won roughly one in every four matches he played.

Polk, on the other hand, has won at nearly every stake level he’s played since coming out of heads-up poker retirement, but was still down more than $46,000 after losing a six-figure sum playing $100-$200 on WSOP.com.

The match is set to last for 25,000 hands with 100-big blind stacks. As soon as either player drops below that threshold, they will automatically top up to the max. There is an option for the losing player to quit after 12,500 hands, but if both players agree, at that same juncture, they can raise the stakes.