Years of bad blood resulted in a heads-up poker challenge match between Daniel Negreanu and Doug Polk.
They played for three months, Polk won $ 1.2 million and now they say they are ready to turn the page.
"I feel like we went to war, we went to battle and in the end it's just one of those things that had to happen if you will," Negreanu said on Friday. "And now that we're past it, I think this chapter is closed."
The Pokerstars played 25,000 hands of heads-up no-limit hold & # 39; em online with stakes ranging from $ 200 to $ 400 (an initial buy-in of $ 40,000 at each table). The match started on November 4th and ended on February 3rd. Although Negreanu had some big sweepstakes, Polk held the lead for most of the match and ended with a convincing win.
The match was the culmination of a year-long feud. Polk often used his popular poker YouTube channel to attack Negreanu for his actions as an ambassador for the online poker site PokerStars, as well as for some of his personal conduct.
Polk said Saturday that while he stands by his criticism of Negreanu, he will avoid personal attacks in the future.
"I'm sure there will be things on the road where we don't see eye to eye," said Polk, "but I think we can come from a perspective of more mutual respect and keep it a little bit." more in the context of the argument and maybe not so personal. "
Polk, a 31-year-old Henderson resident, is a three-time World Series of Poker bracelet winner, with more than $ 9 million in tournament earnings, according to the Hendon Mob Poker Database. He was a favorite of -556 who won the match on pokershares.com for making a name for himself in poker by beating the best players in the world in heads-up no-limit hold & # 39; em online.
Negreanu, a 46-year-old Las Vegas resident, is a member of the Poker Hall of Fame and a six-time WSOP bracelet winner with a live tournament win of $ 42 million. However, he didn't have much experience with the format.
Polk said Negreanu played well and got a lot better over the course of the game. Negreanu said he was certainly not happy about losing more than $ 1 million, but that these things happen in high stakes poker.
"I often made or lost a million dollars in a day," he said.
Polk sees the match as a kind of swan song for his poker career. He had barely played in the year and a half before the game and has no plans to play much in the future.
"I think there will come a day when you play poker that you just stop enjoying it," he said. "… I try to do things I feel passionate about and pursue things I feel passionate about, and poker just doesn't really do that for me."
"I'm sure I'll find my next trip soon," he added.
Negreanu is already focused on his next challenge, he hopes. Phil Hellmuth, the WSOP bracelets leader at 15, criticized Negreanu's game against Polk, and now Negreanu has challenged Hellmuth to a match.
Hellmuth has indicated that he will play; Negreanu isn't so sure.
"I would love to play Phil Hellmuth," said Negreanu. "I think he's chicken, to be honest. I think he's scared. I think he knows he's going to look bad."
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