Polk vs. Negreanu: Negreanu Retakes Lead With Back-to-Back Wins

After two big losses, Daniel Negreanu struck back against Doug Polk with two wins.

While the heads-up $200/$400 no-limit hold’em match between Daniel Negreanu and Doug Polk started off swimmingly for the former, things have turned in a hurry once play moved online.

Over the course of two sessions played on WSOP.com, the favored Polk took back the six figures he lost live in the PokerGO Studio and then some, racking up nearly $400K in winnings and opening up a decent-sized lead of $268K.

However, “Kid Poker” struck right back in about equal force as he won the next two sessions, moving into a small lead of $25K with still shy of 10% of the hands in the books.

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Day 2

Negreanu had slightly the better of the early play, but the first huge all-in pot went against him after he three-bet a $910 open to $4,140 and {6-Hearts}{2-Clubs}{4-Hearts} flopped. Negreanu continued big for $6,210 and Polk peeled to see the {10-Diamonds} turn. Negreanu checked this time and Polk bet $6,830. Negreanu shoved and Polk snap-called for his last $29K.

Negreanu: {j-Hearts}{9-Hearts}
Polk: {6-Diamonds}{4-Diamonds}

The {a-Spades} meant a $92K pot for Polk.

A bit after that, they played two big ones simultaneously on dangerous boards. With {8-Hearts}{9-Hearts}{10-Hearts}{k-Diamonds}{3-Clubs} on the felt, Negreanu shoved a set of nines and got called by {j-Clubs}{7-Clubs} for a jack-high straight, sending over a stack on the cooler. On the other, he got small value betting $6,410 into $32K on {8-Spades}{q-Diamonds}{9-Spades}{10-Spades}{a-Diamonds}, showing down {5-Spades}{4-Spades} for a flush.

Overall, Negreanu took the worst of it and was stuck $50K.

They were over $50K deep on one table when they got it in preflop with Negreanu holding pocket tens and Polk having coolered him with queens. The ladies held and a six-figure pot went to Polk.

About halfway through the session, Polk got a four-bet to $11,219 in and Negreanu shoved on him again. Once again, Polk had the queens, this time dominating {a-Clubs}{q-Spades} shown by Negreanu to scoop up another $47K from his rival.

After that, Polk just continued to win most of the five-figure pots. He slowly but surely increased his lead until he was up an estimated $200K, holding stacks north of $160K on both tables while Negreanu sat with around $40K.

As the session was heading into the final stretch, Polk three-bet preflop to $3,768 and got a call from Negreanu. Polk continued for the same amount on {8-Diamonds}{5-Hearts}{8-Spades} and they saw an {8-Hearts} turn. Polk potted for just over $15K and Negreanu called again, bringing the {9-Diamonds} river. Polk stuck the last $42K in and Negreanu looked him up with {9-Clubs}{7-Clubs} but was shown the {a-Diamonds}{a-Hearts} to lose a $130K pot.

That was enough for him to book a win north of $200,000.

Hands Played: 424
Results: Doug Polk +$218,292
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Day 3

Almost right off the bat, Polk got aggressive when he three-bet pre to $4,110 and Negreanu called. Both players checked the flop for a board of {7-Diamonds}{j-Hearts}{9-Spades}{q-Clubs} and Negreanu went with a large sizing of $6,165 after Polk checked again. Polk called and checked the {4-Diamonds} river. Negreanu bet big again with $15,412 and Polk shoved all in. It was only $21K more effective into a pot approaching $75K and Negreanu decided he couldn’t get away from {q-Hearts}{9-Hearts}. That proved a sound call as Polk was bluffing with {10-Diamonds}{9-Clubs}.

Things continued to progress well for a bit for Negreanu as he squeezed out some small value in a four-bet pot with ace-king against ace-queen on a board of {10-Hearts}{10-Spades}{5-Clubs}{4-Hearts} before both checked the {9-Spades} river.

The rest of the first hour progressed relatively tamely, but Polk inched his way from -$55K into a small lead by winning enough small pots combined with one where he check-raised all in on a pretty dry jack-high board on the turn after calling a four-bet preflop and a tiny flop bet.

Polk continued to further his edge until the last half hour, when a huge pot occurred in a single-raised pot. Negreanu check-called a small bet of $763 on {k-Spades}{7-Clubs}{3-Diamonds} and check-called an overbet of $5,016 on the {8-Hearts} turn. The {5-Clubs} river led to a final check, and Polk shoved for $41K effective into the $13K pot. The overbet gave Negreanu significant pause but he ultimately called with {k-Clubs}{5-Diamonds}. His kings up were pipped by {k-Diamonds}{7-Hearts} though and the deficit hit six figures for the day.

Polk solidified his win with simultaneous pots. In one, Negreanu barreled very small twice after three-betting as {5-Diamonds}{9-Hearts}{a-Spades}{2-Hearts} hit the board. After the second bet, Polk put in a big raise from $2,317 to $13,187, about the size of the pot. Negreanu called and both players checked the {10-Diamonds}. Polk showed down {k-Diamonds}{j-Diamonds}, appearing to give up on a bluff, but it was actually the best hand as Negreanu missed a combo draw with {k-Hearts}{4-Hearts}.

On the other table, Polk won a $23K pot when he bet $3,131 into $4,674 on a completed board of {5-Hearts}{10-Spades}{4-Clubs}{7-Spades}{9-Diamonds} and sniffed out a bluff as Negreanu made it $9,463. “Kid Poker” could only show down {k-Diamonds}{6-Spades} for a straight blocker, while Polk had top pair from the get-go with {k-Spades}{10-Hearts}.

Shortly after, Negreanu was left staring at a second straight six-figure defeat.

Hands Played: 382
Results: Doug Polk +$166,239
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Day 4

A big pot developed right from jump on the stream, as Negreanu three-bet and called a four-bet then called two very small sizings as the board ran {q-Spades}{7-Hearts}{q-Diamonds}{j-Hearts}{10-Hearts}, bringing a slew of backdoor possibilities. Negreanu checked the river with only $18K left to play and $43K already in the middle. Polk went for the expected shove and Negreanu tank-folded to give up an early lead.

Polk added another pot north of $40K when he picked off a river check-raise bluff on {5-Clubs}{4-Diamonds}{2-Diamonds}{8-Spades}{j-Spades}, with Negreanu having missed a massive draw with {q-Diamonds}{3-Diamonds} and Polk having hit top pair with {a-Clubs}{j-Diamonds} following turn checks by both players. Negreanu faced an overbet of $6,821 into $4,547 and tried popping it to $18,897 to no avail.

Things continued to go Polk’s way over the course of the next hour or so as he showed down a few winners in $20K and $30K pots and also blasted in some river shoves that went uncalled, enabling him to build a lead of almost six figures.

However, what looked like it could be another ass-kicking for Negreanu turned in his favor during the second half. It started with a preflop cooler finally going his way, as he picked up kings against jacks and earned $47K from his rival.

With less than half an hour left, Negreanu surged into the lead as Polk went for a daring bluff about 150 blinds deep. He four-bet to $12,876 preflop in position and Negreanu called. On the {a-Spades}{8-Spades}{4-Clubs} flop, Polk bet small with $5,149 and Negreanu called. Polk fired the {a-Hearts} turn for another $11,986 and Negreanu stuck around for the {4-Spades}. Negreanu checked again and snapped it as Polk jammed for $34K effective, with Polk turning over {q-Hearts}{j-Spades} for a bluff and Negreanu having {a-Diamonds}{q-Diamonds} for aces full, earning a pot of $129K.

Aggression turned up shortly after that as a four-bet pot and five-bet pot went down simultaneously. In the five-bet pot, Negreanu put in $29K pre but then checked a {2-Diamonds}{7-Diamonds}{9-Clubs} flop. Polk went very small with just $8,795 in position, and Negreanu called. Both players checked the {7-Clubs} to see an {a-Hearts} river with $76K in the middle. They checked again and Negreanu won with {a-Spades}{k-Clubs}. Polk told the commentators afterward he had pocket jacks.

On the other table, Negreanu barreled off with kings on {6-Diamonds}{7-Spades}{3-Clubs}{6-Hearts}{4-Diamonds} and Polk looked him up with {a-Diamonds}{j-Hearts} to drop a $90K pot. Suddenly, Polk found himself in hole of around $150K.

Polk did earn one final stack in fortunate fashion when he check-raised all in after a {6-Hearts}{5-Spades}{2-Hearts} flop in a four-bet pot with {10-Hearts}{10-Spades} only to run into {j-Spades}{j-Clubs}. Luckily for him, he made a backdoor flush with running hearts to avoid a complete disaster day.

Hands Played: 366
Results: Daniel Negreanu +$87,166
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Day 5

The first big pot came about half an hour in, and it was a simple flip with Negreanu five-bet shoving {a-Hearts}{k-Hearts} and losing to {10-Hearts}{10-Clubs} when Polk flopped a set.

Negreanu, however, just about erased that by winning across the rest of the hands, so when he stacked Polk just shy of an hour in, it was he who grabbed a buy-in lead. He three-bet preflop and then bet tiny with $1,600 into $8,479 on {7-Clubs}{2-Clubs}{3-Clubs}. Negreanu kept firing for $8,761 on the {5-Hearts} turn, and he then jammed in just under pot on the {6-Spades} river. Polk snap-called with {6-Hearts}{4-Hearts} for the turned flush but Negreanu nailed a sneaky nut straight with the {9-Spades}{8-Spades}.

Polk squared it up on a sick hand where he four-bet to $11,060 preflop and Negreanu peeled, bringing an {8-Diamonds}{3-Hearts}{7-Hearts} flop. They checked to the {6-Clubs} and Negreanu shoved for $31K effective. Polk tank-called with just {a-Clubs}{5-Spades}. It was good, though, as Negreanu was drawing weaker with {q-Hearts}{10-Hearts}. The {5-Clubs} river missed him and Polk scooped it.

It was Negreanu’s turn to win a stack when he three-bet and {8-Diamonds}{j-Clubs}{10-Diamonds} flopped. He checked over to Polk, who bet $2,798 on the coordinated texture. Negreanu called and the {6-Hearts} hit. Polk continued to bet, this time bigger with $11,542. Negreanu stuck around for the {k-Hearts} river. He check-called all in for $28K and it was a savage cooler with Negreanu’s {a-Clubs}{q-Clubs} getting there against {q-Hearts}{9-Hearts}.

A similar board came up after another Negreanu three-bet as {7-Spades}{10-Diamonds}{8-Diamonds} flopped. Again, Negreanu checked after three-betting and again, he faced a small sizing of $2,798. This time, he check-raised to $9,596. Polk continued to the {3-Spades} turn. Negreanu ripped it in for just under the $27K pot and he had Polk smoked with {a-Clubs}{a-Diamonds} against {k-Clubs}{10-Hearts}. The river didn’t save Polk.

Negreanu again picked up aces versus top pair for a stack, this time three-betting and barreling off on {9-Diamonds}{4-Hearts}{5-Spades}{5-Diamonds}{q-Hearts}. Polk couldn’t find a fold with {10-Hearts}{9-Clubs} and fell further behind.

Two more medium pots later, including one where he rivered a set, Negreanu quit with a hefty $206K win.

Hands Played: 365
Results: Daniel Negreanu +$206,994
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