The best thing about poker tournaments is how things can change rapidly, even when victory seems certain. Daniel Negreanu is the perfect example, although there is still a chance for things to change once more.
Although Negreanu’s performance is not necessarily making their fellow countrymen hold their head high, Canada did not disappoint in other events. Compare the performance of different Canadian poker stars and know who to accompany next.
The Polk-Negreanu Clash: Will Canada Recover?
Widely spoken among Canadian poker players and fans, the clash between Doug Polk and Daniel Negreanu is featured by lucky hands – including misclicks, believe it or not – and provocations on Twitter. The situation is escalating so quickly that Negreanu even hinted he suspected of manipulation using his account.
Daniel Negreanu, or “Kid Poker”, won the WSOP bracelet six times, which makes him the favorite of many, even though the situation is getting more difficult for him. On the other hand, Polk also counts on three WSOP bracelets and is not giving Negreanu an easy time.
Since the ninth round, Polk is the leader of the High Stakes Feud, when he ended Negreanu’s winning streak. Now, Polk has already opened an advantage of more than US$ 1 million against the Canadian in the NL Hold’em tables of $200-$400.
The 5-bet misclick of 200 bbs that granted Polk $54k was only a small part of it but definitely added some spice to the dispute. The resulting interaction on the social web is what is making this dispute quite unique and dynamic.
There are a bit more than 7.000 hands left, and Daniel Negreanu has to find a way out of his US$518 loss. However, it is certain that it is one of the best duels in the latest poker events.
Canada in the Poker Blowout Series
Mark Radoja and Timothy Adams were both downed with the same king-queen off-suit, receiving the 6th and 7th places, respectively, in the Event #36 6-Max NLHE. They were taken off the competition, and the top 3 were conquered by European players, but nothing that could be related to lack of skill.
Even so, Canada matched Russia in the number of total victories during the Blowout Series, granting its 3rd place.
That achievement can be connected to the performance of pro poker players like Lonnie Hallett, who conquered 3rd place in the Blowout Series: $1,050 NLHE and “Gordon_dReid”, in 9th. Peter “Apathy123” Jetten showed a good performance on January 11th in the Blowout Series: $530 NLHE, busting Fintan “EasyWithAces” Hand but ended being eliminated.
Canada also featured 2nd place in the Blowout Series: $109 NLHE, with “n3kt”.
What to Watch Next?
With many hands to happen before reaching an end, the Polk-Negreanu clash is worth watching. Together with the streaming of each hand, Canadians and Americans can have a fun time checking their Twitter accounts. Negreanu might reverse his disadvantage unless the lucky streak of Polk continues.