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Gossip Column: Polk Reclaims Lead From Negreanu in Ongoing Grudge Match Amid Perkins-Fuelled Twitter Drama

Daniel Negreanu, Doug Polk, Bill Perkins - Gossip Column
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  • Attreyee Khasnabis November 18, 2020
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Just when we thought that the Grudge Match of the century couldn’t get any more complicated, it did!

GGPoker Ambassador Daniel Negreanu had made a phenomenal comeback in the challenge with two winning sessions on Day 4 and Day 5 to gain a $25,916 lead against arch-rival Doug Polk. However, the sixth session saw Polk bounce back and register a $67,625.81 lead.

But, amid this swingy heads-up challenge, Bill Perkins unleashed quite the Twitter drama. He tweeted that Polk has been studying Negreanu’s hand histories from the previous sessions, which seem to violate the agreed-upon rules of the match.

After Polk went on his usual rant on Twitter, he confirmed that both he and Negreanu have asked Run It Once founder Phil Galfond to be an impartial judge and take a call on the matter.

Now, let’s get to the in-depth details of what went down.


Day 6 Recap

Negreanu had entered the sixth session of the Grudge Match with a lead of $25,916. Even though he was competitive for the most part of the day, he failed to hold on to his lead for too long.

Daniel Negreanu & Doug Polk


Perhaps losing the biggest pot of the day made all the difference. It was a three-bet pre-flop pot, with the flop falling 5-K-Q. Negreanu, who in-position, held Q-5, against Polk’s pocket rockets. Polk fired a continuation bet, and Negreanu shoved all-in. Polk snap-called. With over $80,000 in the pot, the players watched the board run out a 4 on the turn and K on the river. Polk comfortably took down the pot.

The session ended with Polk booking a $67,625.81 lead.

Bill Perkins Fuels Twitter Drama

The lead-up to this high stakes’ feud was filled with Polk and Negreanu going back-and-forth on several issues. One of the most prominent disagreements was Negreanu vehemently opposing the use of charts and notes for their match. This was before Polk managed to convince Negreanu that using charts would be acceptable.

Bill Perkins
Bill Perkins


Perkins took to Twitter to stir up some drama by revealing that there has been a disagreement between the rivals. Galfond was asked to step in by the duo to arbitrate the dispute.

Polk got back at Perkins and explained his side of the story, albeit in his usual rant-like manner.

Polk stated that he has just been studying the hand replayer and making notes manually to get an idea of Negreanu’s strategies.

Polk also confirmed that Galfond was asked to arbitrate on the matter.

Polk’s rant did make Perkins apologize for mischaracterizing things.

And Polk accepted his apology.

Negreanu also chipped in to clear the air and calm everyone down.

It seems that the issue has been resolved for now, and the play between the duo will resume from November 19.

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