Negreanu and Hellmuth to Face Off Tonight in ‘Excessive Stakes Duel’
The day many poker followers have been eagerly awaiting has arrived: it is time for Daniel Negreanu versus Phil Hellmuth to face off head-to-head on PokerGO’s “Excessive Stakes Duel.”
Motion begins tonight at 8 p.m. EDT, with a “weigh-in” present previous it by half an hour.
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Two Superstars at Struggle
After all, these two gamers want no introduction as two of the preeminent superstars in poker for the previous 20-plus years. Each have earned big fan followings not just for their glorious outcomes on the felt, however for his or her colourful personalities each at and away from the poker desk.
Here is a have a look at how the 2 evaluate in some choose classes picked out by PokerNews for this version of the heads-up match Story of the Tape.
*As of March 11
As for a way they evaluate, Hellmuth has been a bit extra profitable than Negreanu in heads-up codecs over time.
Not solely does he have a greater document when making the ultimate two of match play — thought his edge is as slight as might be — however he has positively been the extra completed of the 2 with regards to heads-up occasions. He fared notably properly within the previous made-for-TV Heads-Up Poker Championship, with a win and a runner-up end there. Extra lately, “The Poker Brat” gained a $1,600 heads-up occasion at Borgata in 2019 and in addition took down Antonio Esfandiari with a 3-0 sweep after they battled in “Excessive Stakes Duel” in 2020.
Nevertheless, Negreanu has his personal deep properly of heads-up expertise to attract from after a 25,000-hand match in opposition to acknowledged grasp of the format Doug Polk. Whereas Polk handed him a convincing beating, there’s simply no method to stroll away from an expertise like that with out a huge leap in skill level, which Negreanu is undoubtedly excited to deliver to bear in opposition to a longtime rival.
As for the chances, they paint the image of a probable Negreanu victory because the betting markets obtainable proceed to favor him with one thing like a 60% likelihood of profitable.
Negreanu won’t have something near 25,000 arms to show his dominance over Hellmuth, nevertheless.
“Excessive Stakes Duel” requires the 2 gamers to start out off by ponying up $50,000 every for a $100,000 preliminary match.
It is a sit-n-go format with 30-minute ranges and very deep beginning stacks — 50,000 stacks and 50/100 blinds. Issues will transfer alongside shortly as every participant has 30 seconds to behave with 5 60-second time banks obtainable for the powerful selections.
The shedding participant has the primary choice to problem at double stakes. If they refuse, a brand new challenger can publish up and tackle the double-stake match inside 30 days, or the sequence ends and the winner cashes out.
The winner can even money out after three consecutive wins, or two consecutive wins in the event that they happen later within the sequence when the stakes have doubles a number of occasions already.
The shedding participant can rise up to 3 matches, and Negreanu already mentioned he plans to train all of his rematches if issues go poorly for him early on.
One-Sided Trash Speak
Whereas Negreanu and Hellmuth have been going at one another for years in varied poker codecs, having shared tables on the WSOP and even in money video games like “Excessive Stakes Poker,” the often pleasant rivals received a bit testy after Negreanu’s failed bid to upset Polk.
“I used to be disenchanted in the best way that Daniel performed,” mentioned Hellmuth, who misplaced some cash on a wager. “I used to be betting on Daniel’s expertise. If Daniel’s gonna attempt to play Doug on pure GTO, Daniel’s making an attempt to combat hearth with hearth. I believed he ought to have tried to combat hearth with Daniel.”
Negreanu was lower than happy to see all of his arduous work and lengthy hours dismissed so simply. He responded by difficult Hellmuth to step to the plate himself.
“I’ll play you a heads up match reside, on-line, at any stakes you are feeling comfy with for as many arms as you want to,” he mentioned.
Negreanu: “I do not see a lot of an opportunity for him profitable.”
He proceeded to name Hellmuth “dangerous” in comparison with the highest gamers of in the present day they usually booked a wager on whether or not Hellmuth may beat the ARIA excessive curler sequence throughout 50 occasions. Hellmuth received 2-to-1 on his $200,000.
Whereas he clearly accepted the motion, for his half, Hellmuth has been largely complimentary of Negreanu. He has repeatedly referred to as him among the finest ever and appears to be taking to his underdog function, figuring out that the stress is totally on Negreanu since he is accomplished a lot of the trash speaking.
Now, the time for speak has ended and their match will air tonight.
“My prediction for the match is it is gonna be very irritating for Phil,” Negreanu mentioned on a current hype present. “I do not see a lot of an opportunity for him profitable.”
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