Daniel Negreanu vs Doug Polk: Who will win the grudge match?

In this article, we answer:

  • What are the terms of the Polk vs. Negreanu Heads-up $200/400 No Limit Hold’em match?
  • When will the next Negreanu vs. Polk match take place?
  • Who’s won the last five hands played?

Online poker has boomed during the pandemic, with the poker table being an obvious safety hazard in a pandemic — an interesting development for professional poker players Daniel Negreanu and Doug Polk. They’ve been battling it out in recent months with a grudge match lasting an enormous 25,000 hands.

Negreanu vs Polk Grudge Match Background & Update

Long before their poker match-ups, Polk and Negreanu have traded barbs. One of the first instances of this was when Negreanu took up a challenge to beat a $25/$50 stakes game with just 2 weeks of training, and believe Negreanu underestimated his potential opponents.

Shortly before the match, Polk retired from poker altogether, including his YouTube channel, but Polk’s poker retirement didn’t last long — Polk returned to the game in July 2020 to accept the high-stakes heads-up no limit hold’em match against Negreanu.

The match formally began on November 4, 2020, from the PokerGO studios. They played a total of 200 hands, and Negreanu won the first round by $116K. Polk caught up quickly to the PokerStars ambassador however, winning the next round on November 6th and holding his position as session leader until November 13th when Negreanu won the day and took the lead. The two switched places throughout the next 6 days, until Polk became session leader on the 19th, holding that position up until their most recent round on January 30, 2021. Out of 30 days played so far, each player has won 15 days.

As of January 21, 2021, they’ve played a few hundred hands about 2-3 times a week. The match is expected to finish in February 2021.

What are the terms of Negreanu vs Polk Grudge Match?

Here are the terms of the Negreanu vs Polk heads-up match—they’re playing two simultaneous tables of heads-up $200/400 no limit hold’em:

  • X2 Tables of $200/$400 no limit hold’em
  • 25,000 hands
  • Whomever was behind at 12,500 hands may quit (Despite his great start, this was Negreanu and he chose to complete the game).

When’s the next Negreanu vs. Polk event?


Daniel Negreanu and Doug Polk will play their next round (Day 31) on January 22, 2021, likely at 5:30PM ET — this is when the majority of their previous matches have taken place.

You can watch the rounds via Doug Polk’s YouTube channel, the GGPoker Official YouTube Channel or Joe Ingram’s YouTube Channel.

Doug Polk by the Numbers

Here’s a look at some of the most recent stats from Polk’s record:

Date Event Buy-In Place Winnings
12/29/2016 Aria High Roller 49: $25,000 No Limit Hold’em $25,000 3 $86,400
05/05/2017 WSOP: $111,111 No-Limit Hold’em for One Drop $111,111 1 $3,686,865
05/07/2017 WSOP: $1,000 No-Limit Hold’em Tag Team $1,000 127 $375
09/16/2017 Poker Masters: $50,000 No-Limit Hold’em $50,000 5 $144,000
09/17/2017 Poker Masters: $50,000 No-Limit Hold’em $50,000 2 $468,000

Daniel Negreanu by the Numbers

Here’s a look at some of the most recent stats from Negreanu’s record:

Date Event Buy-In Place Winnings
09/05/2020 GGPoker No-Limit Hold’em Beat the Pros Bounty $1,050 173 $1,900
09/07/2020 GGPoker No-Limit Hold’em $5 Million GTD $10,000 128 $21,483
09/07/2020 GGPoker No-Limit Hold’em $2 Million GTD $100 1967 $393
09/13/2020 Global Casino Championship Invitational $1 Million GTD $10,000 9 $26,643
12/30/2020 WSOP: $10,000 No-Limit Hold’em Main Event $10,000 92 $14,890

Negreanu vs Polk Record

Let’s take a look at the 10 most recent high stakes match-ups between Negreanu and Polk, and some of the stats so far:

Session Session Date Hands Played in Session Total Hands Played Winner Leader Post Session
30 01/20/2021 About 700 About 17,700 Doug Polk Doug Polk
29 01/18/2021 608 17,108 Doug Polk Doug Polk
28 01/15/2021 650 16,500 Doug Polk Doug Polk
27 01/13/2021 600 15,850 Doug Polk Doug Polk
26 01/11/2021 750 15,250 Daniel Negreanu Doug Polk
25 01/08/2021 750 14,500 Daniel Negreanu Doug Polk
24 01/06/2021 750 13,750 Daniel Negreanu Doug Polk
23 01/04/2021 500 13,000 Daniel Negreanu Doug Polk
22 12/28/2020 279 12,500 Daniel Negreanu Doug Polk
21 12/23/2020 904 12,222 Doug Polk Doug Polk
20 12/21/2020 534 11,318 Daniel Negreanu Doug Polk

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