Negreanu’s crazy summer: HU Battle vs Polk, WSOP scores and Twitch ban

Negreanu lost his cool on a WSOP live stream just this Monday after a chat commenter insulted his wife in which he replied with a tirade of curses. This week has been a crazy time for the “Michael Jordan of poker” as he responds to the backlash of his latest episode bringing several fans tuned in for current updates.

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With a heads up match brewing between Negreanu and Polk, a discussion of terms and conditions is underway to finally settle the longstanding dispute. Despite the imposed Twitch ban on the GG ambassador, Negreanu has been spotted cashing in on several bracelet events in search for his seventh bracelet award.

Negreanu vs Polk HU match on – details to be confirmed

Taking a break from professional poker, Polk has agreed to take on Negreanu as his latest opponent for an exciting heads up match. After chiming in to the backlash from Negreanu’s outburst, podcaster Joey Ingram proposed an obvious solution to end the grudge between the two tweeting, “Can Doug and Daniel settle this by playing poker against each other HU at some point please???”. Thousands of poker enthusiasts were in full support and a Twitter discussion on an upcoming match is currently in progress.

Being the top heads up No Limit Hold’em player he is, Polk has settled to play the heads up match 50% in the NLH format and the other half in a game of Negreanu’s choice. While talks of the stakes and set of hands to be played are still being finalized, Negreanu recently released a blog on why he has accepted the challenge. In his blog, the decade-long pro relays his sentiments on being the overall underdog in the match against Polk.

He further highlights how showing his hole cards will provide more advantage for Polk’s team to be able to dissect his plays. Although believing that the winner of this match may not prove or solve any of the issues, Negreanu is ready to do his best to ultimately give the poker fans what they want. So far, the two have decided to play a series of games with stakes set at $200/$400 between 10k – 25k hands which is still left to be settled.

“Clearly this is something that created a lot of buzz in the poker world and poker fans want to see this match. What does it all mean if you win or lose? Nothing really. It may mean that one player is better at a very specific form of poker than the other, but we already know that. There are some details that need to be ironed out, but I’ll play the match.”, posted Negreanu.

In response, Polk tweeted:

Superb WSOP showing

Amidst the social media burst regarding his recent online explosion, Negreanu has made an impressive number of cashes in this summer’s biggest World Series of Poker Online. The six-time bracelet winner has made the commitment to grind the full schedule of the festival and hopefully win his seventh bracelet. Cashing in on 15 out of the first 26 events, Negreanu has racked up $36,732 in winnings with his 27th place finish from Event #13: $1,500 No Limit Hold’em High Roller Freezeout for $6,381 to be the biggest.

Daniel Negreanu’s 2020 WSOP Online Results

Event Place Prize
Event #2: $1,000 No-Limit Hold’em 8-Handed Deepstack 18 $5,849
Event #3: $400 No-Limit Hold’em 210 $677
Event #6: $600 PLO8 6-Handed 59 $1,304
Event #9: $1,000 No-Limit Hold’em 6-Max 94 $1,851
Event #12: $500 The BIG 500 No-Limit Hold’em 205 $1,092
Event #13: $1,500 No-Limit Hold’em High Roller Freezeout 27 $6,381
Event #16: $500 No-Limit Hold’em Turbo 86 $1,169
Event #17: $777 No-Limit Hold’em 123 $1,354
Event #20: $500 PLO 6-Handed 25 $2,814
Event #21: $777 No-Limit Hold’em 6-Handed 30 $5,145
Event #22: $500 No-Limit Hold’em Turbo Deepstack 32 $2,913
Event #23: $500 No-Limit Hold’em Knockout 25 $2,770
Event #24: $400 No-Limit Hold’em 8-Handed 193 $867
Event #25: $500 No-Limit Hold’em Summer Saver 183 $970
Event #26: $500 No-Limit Hold’em Grand Finale 92 $1,576

Twitch ban

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Negreanu on Twitch

As a result of his recent blow up on stream, Negreanu faces a permanent ban on the live streaming channel, Twitch. The viral clip as seen by many in the poker community shows Negreanu making physical threats and violent comments which were clearly in violation of the platform’s terms of service. Being the face of the fastest growing poker site GGpoker, the permanent ban may be very problematic for his sponsor given that Negreanu is expected to promote the brand and its online games via this channel.

While the prestigious 2020 WSOP Online is currently ongoing, Negreanu was supposedly going to share with his viewers on Twitch his journey throughout the festival. Admittedly of his faults, Negreanu issued a public apology during a brief stream earlier this week saying, “I would like to formally apologize for suggesting that breaking a troll’s teeth and then feeding them to him anally is the appropriate way to deal with an opposing viewpoint,”. Although the outstanding pro realized his fit of rage in response to the offensive comments directed at his wife was impractical in the sense, Negreanu refuses to agree with the permanent ban imposed by Twitch further adding, “they have every right to give me a warning or a suspension.”

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Janette Dee

Graduated from De La Salle University, Janette works as a full time teacher in Manila, Philippines. She has long joined the local poker community as a recreational player for the last decade. Having a natural love for the game, she decided to branch out into a different avenue of poker. Currently, Janette works for Somuchpoker as a content writer reporting local and international news for the site.

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