The Muck: Cantu Trashes Negreanu, Asks to Play for ‘Entire Web Value’
There’s maybe no extra pure check of poker talent than heads-up play. Broad ranges and a single opponent make for the deepest, most decision-intensive type of the sport.
So, it is no shock almost each participant on the high degree expects to prevail when taking part in heads up. That makes it all of the extra humbling and, at instances, irritating when it would not occur. Doubly so when it occurs time after time, on the most important levels potential.
That is the state of affairs by which Daniel Negreanu finds himself after fellow legend of the sport Phil Hellmuth handed him one other defeat of their sequence of matches on “Excessive Stakes Duel” on PokerGO.
Not solely has Hellmuth now crushed him twice, together with once via an incredible comeback, however it’s the continuation of an ignominious skid of heads-up losses courting again eight years, as DK Lappin detailed for VegasSlotsOnline.
Including to the sting, the latest two units of losses — this one and the one to longtime rival Doug Polk — got here after some high-profile trash speak.
Negreanu Opens Up
All of that left Negreanu feeling introspective sufficient to share his ideas in a lengthy Twitter thread.
He admitted he is been feeling the warmth from the general public because the losses have mounted, a irritating follow-up to outcomes from pattern sizes of some hundred arms. He defended himself a bit by stating he had leads a lot of the way in which in each matches earlier than larger blinds compelled higher-variance play. He credited Hellmuth for robust play of their second match and mentioned that finally he is anticipating the third spherical and pleased he nonetheless has an opportunity to win all of it again after which some.
Lastly, he closed with some phrases for his critics.
Cantu’s Takes His Shots
One of those critics was longtime friend of Hellmuth’s, Brandon Cantu. Cantu loaded up the cannon and did not hold back when he blasted Negreanu in a series of tweets. He called Negreanu’s play “horrible” and mentioned a 3rd loss to Hellmuth would show he simply is not nice taking part in heads up.
Negreanu, for his half, responded that he is laying 3-to-2 on the final match as he has all through, and he is keen to ebook “as a lot as you’ll be able to borrow.”
Cantu responded that no one might even take Negreanu’s heads-up recreation critically at this level and it was “painful to look at.”
Trash Discuss Will get Private
Negreanu continued requesting Cantu put up some cash for a guess, and after Cantu posted a screenshot of Negreanu’s direct messages insulting him, issues bought much more heated and private because the longtime professionals’ trash speak escalated.
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Heads Up for Net Worths?
Cantu kept needling, telling Negreanu his new nickname would be “bridesmaid,” but he didn’t seem too interested in betting on the third match between Negreanu and Hellmuth.
However, he said he was willing “wrangle up some big, big, big money” for his own match with Negreanu, saying he’d play a best-of-7 series below the identical construction as “Excessive Stakes Duel.”
From there, the ranting bought a bit unhinged and arduous to comply with. Cantu appeared to say he was keen to play for Negreanu’s web price, hinting that he had backers with limitless funds.
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More similar ranting and challenges followed, interlaced with expletives, with Cantu saying PokerGO could film it and Negreanu shouldn’t bother showing up unless he had at least $100 million.
Maybe it’s all bluster, or maybe Cantu versus Negreanu will be the next match in the latter’s new heads-up journey, persevering with the poker world’s latest obsession with high-profile heads-up matches. Talking of, the aforementioned Polk threw out his personal problem to Hellmuth, so it is heads-up for rolls throughout.