Polk coolers Negreanu’s face off again and again to take $957K lead in grudge match

Doug Polk surged ahead in latest matchup.

Doug Polk surged ahead in latest matchup.
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Doug Polk has backed up the truck to the tune of almost $1 million in his high-stakes grudge match against Daniel Negreanu.

In Wednesday’s 5-hour, 980-hand session, the longest of the challenge so far, Polk beat his opponent to the tune of $173,000. As a world-class heads-up player, Polk was considered a heavy favorite (betting markets had him as a 4-1 to 6-1 favorite), but he admitted he’s been getting lucky in most of the largest pots.

“I’m going on one of the hottest stretches of my entire career, at maybe the most important time ever,” Polk said in his post-game chat.

Wednesday’s highlights included Polk turning a flush with K♥10♥ vs. Negreanu’s trip Queens with the nut-flush blocker. After getting stacked, Negreanu sat out, and after a short break, returned and the players were all-in preflop on the other table (they’re two-tableing). Polk had KK but Negreanu finally had him where he wanted him, with two Aces.

Until the flop, which came King-high. Negreanu had some hope as he turned a straight draw but the river paired the board, giving Polk a full house.

Even when he made a mistake, he won, as Polk admitted he misclick 5-bet with 97 offsuit, but he got bailed out by flopping top pair when Negreanu merely had eight-high.

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If Polk continues winning at this rate, he’ll amass a $2.4 million score at the end of the 25,000-hand challenge. While a 24-big blind (or $9,600)/100 hands win-rate seems unsustainable, even a more realistic advantage of 8 BBs/100 would put him well over the $1 million mark.

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