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Gossip Column: Doug Polk Wins $250K From Bill Perkins in Late Night Heads-Up Match & More

Gossip Column: Doug Polk Wins $250K From Bill Perkins in Late Night HU Match, Landon Tice Addas a Side Bet in His Match Against Perkins & More
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  • Attreyee Khasnabis May 4, 2021
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Doug Polk is undoubtedly the master of heads-up matches. A few months after his fiercely contested heads-up challenge against Daniel Negreanu, Polk was back in the thick of the action on April 29, this time against hedge fund manager Bill Perkins. Polk added $250,000 to his bank account after his late-night heads-up match against the high stakes poker player.

Perkins might have lost the impromptu match to Polk, but he views it as practice before his more serious heads-up challenge against Landon Tice kicks off. Tice, for his part, on April 21, announced that a side bet has been added to the rules and regulations of his heads-up match with Perkins. According to the tweet, if Tice and Perkins have not played 15,000 hands before the start of the WSOP in the fall, then Perkins will pay Tice $100,000.

The DAT Poker Podcast touched a special milestone of 100 episodes this week. Celebrating the occasion with hosts Adam Schwartz, Terrence Chan, and Daniel Negreanu, along with Producer Ross Henry, was special guest Phil Ivey. The poker legend discussed his passion for the WSOP and why he no longer plays the full WSOP schedule.

 

Doug Polk Obliterates Bill Perkins For $250K in Impromptu Heads-up Match

The three-time WSOP bracelet winner Doug Polk may have retired from playing poker professionally. However, he is undeniably still among the best players around, especially in heads-up NLH. The heads-up specialist had won $1.2 Million in profits from his Grudge Match against arch-rival Daniel Negreanu in February. He added another $250,000 to his tally after decimating entrepreneur and high stakes regular Bill Perkins in a late-night heads-up match.

Doug Polk

 

Perkins tweeted the details.

 

Just before the heads-up match went down, Polk has tweeted that he felt poor being in Austin, Texas.

 

Now that he has won more than $200,000 from Perkins, he should feel a lot better about his financial situation.

 

Perkins counted the damage at about a quarter of a million, tweeting out: “I lost 5.5 buy-ins ish versus @DougPolkVids over 1650 hands.”

Bill Perkins

 

He also let fans know what his mistakes were.

 

Landon Tice & Bill Perkins Add an Extra Side Bet to Upcoming Heads-Up Match

Back in February, when the poker community has their eyes glued to the Daniel Negreanu vs. Doug Polk ‘Grudge Match’, upcoming poker superstar Landon Tice and hedge-fund manager cum poker enthusiast Bill Perkins had agreed to terms on a heads-up challenge of their own.

Landon Tice
Landon Tice

 

The duo has hashed out most of the finer details of the challenge, and the match was to be a $200/$400 high-stakes NLHE match lasting 20,000 hands. To balance the evident skill-edge Tice has over Perkins, the latter was to get a 9 BB/100 hand handicap – which means, given the stakes of the challenge, translated to a $720,000 head start for Perkins. To put it simply, if Tice were to win $1 Million off Perkins after the 20,000-hand challenge, he would only get paid $280,0000.

On April 21, Tice tweeted about a side bet to their existing challenge.

 

Perkins, who on April 29, lost $250,000 to Polk in a late-night heads-up session, talking about his shortcomings, tweeted about fixing his flaws before his match against Tice.

 

The match is rumored to be kicking off next month. Still, nothing has been confirmed so far.

 

Phil Ivey Guest Stars on DAT Poker Podcast’s 100th Episode

The 10-time WSOP bracelet winner Phil Ivey is not an easy person to get for interviews. Still, GGPoker Ambassador Daniel Negreanu managed to pull it off by calling in the favor of a long-time friend for the very special 100th episode of the DAT Poker Podcast.

Terrence Chan, Daniel Negreanu, Phil Ivery & Adam Schwartz
Terrence Chan, Daniel Negreanu, Phil Ivery & Adam Schwartz

 

Ivey was joined by hosts Adam Schwartz, Terrence Chan, and Negreanu, along with Producer Ross Henry for the episode.

In the bare-it-all interview, Ivey revealed that he is still passionate about the WSOP, but it’s not his main priority these days. In the past, Ivey played a heavy WSOP schedule each summer in pursuit of winning bracelets, which he typically had side bets on. He won his 10th bracelet in 2014, tying him for second place all-time with Johnny Chan and Doyle Brunson, two legends of the game. He’s been stuck on 10 ever since, and part of that reason is that his focus has been elsewhere, namely on the nosebleed cash games in Macau and other parts of Asia.

“I still love the World Series of Poker,” Ivey said. “It’s definitely my favorite group of events. I just had some personal things that I needed to deal with the last couple of years so that I was not really able to give my attention and energy towards it. But I look forward to playing those events in the future and stuff when they come back.”

Ivey didn’t elaborate on the issues he’s had to deal with in recent years that prevented him from playing a full WSOP schedule. But he said that unless something more pressing pops up, he’ll be in attendance at the upcoming World Series of Poker, which is expected to run from September 30 to November 23 in Las Vegas.

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