Dangerous names have stepped out of the shadows to accept, which should give us all something to look forward to in the new year. Daniel Negreanu’s new year is also looking a little different, as he has had a sudden change of heart regarding re-entry tournaments.
Negreanu changes his mind
Just two weeks ago, the Canadian star took to Twitter to voice his opinions on re-entry tournaments and to announce that he was seriously considering avoiding them throughout 2020. Other professionals offered their support for his stance, but before 2020 had even begun, Negreanu had completely changed his plans.
I’m also considering playing all of 2020 with no reentry.
That means I won’t cash as often.
Won’t make as many final tables, but at least I won’t be taking part in something I don’t thing should exist, or at least be the norm.
— Daniel Negreanu (@RealKidPoker) December 9, 2019
The impact re-entries have on major events and their results, not to mention handing an advantage to those wealthy enough to rebuy countless times.
When talking to WPT.com this week, Negreanu said:
“I talked to a lot of people and realized it’s just really stupid from my perspective to burn EV, for what? To take a stand for something that’s not going to work? It’s not like if I don’t rebuy you’ll stop seeing them do re-entry events. It’s just not going to happen because they make so much money off of them.”
Negreanu then asked his Twitter followers their opinion on the matter and they gave a narrow verdict:
Which of these things do you think I should do in 2020:
Play one bullet and never reenter
Reenter but play first and all bullets without purposely making -EV decisions to build a stack
Do what I’ve always done
— Daniel Negreanu (@RealKidPoker) December 17, 2019
Galfond’s challenge accepted by Cates
As the man who took up Tom Dwan’s challenge almost 10 years ago before battering him for $1.25 million before they had even played 20,000 hands, Cates is he obvious challenger to take on Galfond.
Despite his challenge with Dwan still being stuck in limbo, Daniel ‘jungleman12’ Cates confirmed his acceptance of the challenge with a statement to Galfond:
“I’m here to teach you a lesson. I’m going to break your spirit. That’s what I’m trying to do. I’m not even trying to break your bankroll, I’m just trying to break your spirit.”
— Phil Galfond (@PhilGalfond) December 15, 2019
Galfond offered his challenge to jungleman while the two were at the Bellagio, with the format set out as 7,500 hands of PLO at €100/€200 stakes. This match, and the others set to take place are to be streamed live on Twitch.
Five players accept Galfond’s challenge
Jungleman is the most high-profile player to have accepted Galfond’s challenge so far, but he is not the only one. Challenge was announced last month and is open to anyone.
Fernando ‘JNandez’ Habegger had initially accepted as well but backed out of the agreement after apparently becoming aware of the fact that playing 50,000 hands would take up lots of time and Phil Galfond was actually a good PLO player.
— JNandez (@JNandezPoker) December 17, 2019
The four other challengers at the time of writing are ‘Venividi93’, Actionfreak, Brandon Adams and Bill Perkins.
Little is known about Venividi93, only that he has posted consistently strong results at PLO at the highest stakes since 2016. Both he, and Cates will likely provide a stern test for Galfond, who may be somewhat rusty after being away from the online scene for some time.
Who's ready for another challenger?
The #GalfondChallenge was starting to look pretty tough, so I decided to make it easier on myself & play a match against ActionFreak.
— Phil Galfond (@PhilGalfond) December 22, 2019
Bill Perkins will represent a known entity for Galfond, having played recreationally at the highest stakes for many years. Perkins is not considered a top-level player but has some experience and with the variance-heavy nature of PLO, will be hoping he can spring an upset.
Article by Craig Bradshaw