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Gossip Column: “He May Have Been a GOAT of His Era, But That Era is Long Gone,” Says Negreanu Questioning Hellmuth’s Tourney Records

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  • Attreyee Khasnabis March 9, 2021
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The much-anticipated heads-up match between Daniel Negreanu and Phil Hellmuth kicks-off on March 16 at the PokerGO Studio in Aria, Las Vegas. Even before the challenge has begun, Negreanu was seen rousing some controversy on Twitter when he trash-talked Hellmuth’s tournament records, citing that the 15-time WSOP bracelet winner was nowhere close to being the best poker pro in the world.

While the poker Twitterati had a lot to say about Negreanu’s remarks, the man in question, Hellmuth, rebutted by saying that he intends to win 24 WSOP bracelets and at least three WPT tournaments.

While Negreanu and Hellmuth are yet to begin their heads-up challenge, another exciting match-up is already underway, i.e., the GGPoker Face-Off Challenge between Fedor Holz and Wiktor Malinowski. The duo played their second session on March 8, which ended with Holz coming out ahead again, this time adding $14,651.97 to his tally. With two out of the four sessions already in the books, Holz has pulled ahead for over $50,000.


Daniel Negreanu Trashes Phil Hellmuth Tournament Records

With the Daniel Negreanu vs. Phil Hellmuth High Stakes Duel just a few days away, the GGPoker Ambassador has been stirring up some hype on Twitter by calling out Hellmuth’s tournament records.

Daniel Negreanu
Daniel Negreanu


This upcoming match between two of the most famous poker personalities has generated a lot of interest from the fraternity. Still, with the latest ‘war of words’ that took place between the duo, things seem to be heating up even more!

The poker Twitterati gave a mixed reaction to Negreanu’s rant. While some like 2006 WSOP Main Event champion Jamie Gold were quick to defend Hellmuth, partypoker Ambassador Jason Koon agreed with what Negreanu had to say.

Hellmuth responded to Negreanu, saying that he intends to work hard and achieve his goal of winning 24 WSOP bracelets and three WPT tourneys.

Kid Poker was quick to respond. His sarcastic reply to Hellmuth for to eat better and start exercising so he could live long enough to win 24 bracelets.

Hellmuth hit back by saying that he has won over $10 Million in cash games and $2.20 Million in the last 15 months.

Negreanu and Hellmuth sure have a lot to say about each other and their respective gameplays. With their epic heads-up challenge all set to commence from March 16 at the PokerGO Studio in Aria, Las Vegas, only time will tell who eventually has the last laugh.


Fedor Holz Books Second Winning Session Against Wiktor Malinowski

While Negreanu is in the process of prepping for his heads-up challenge against Hellmuth, his fellow GGPoker Ambassador Fedor Holz is currently locked in a heads-up challenge of his own against high-stakes crusher Wiktor Malinowski, aka ‘Limitless’ on GGPoker.

Fedor Holtz
Fedor Holtz


The German pro had won the GGPoker Face-Off Challenge’s first session that played out on March 5, taking a $37,420.54 lead. The second session was hosted yesterday, with Holz adding another $14,651.97 to his profit tally, taking his overall lead to $52,072.51.

Session #2 Recap

The second session took place on March 8. The duo played over 400 hands, with Holz raking up $14,651.97 in profits.

You can watch the replay of the live-streamed session below.

The third session is slated for March 10.

Holz had entered the heads-up challenge as the underdog, but he seems to have shut his naysayers after two winning sessions. However, given the high-stakes and two more sessions still to go, Malinowski is still very much in contention.

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