They were once the bitterest of enemies , but you’d be hard pushed to guess that from Daniel Negreanu ’s latest appearance on Doug Polk ’s podcast , the pair discussing everything from the Poker Brat ’s behaviour to highstakes cheating to who is the poker GOAT !
It is only 18 months since Polk and Negreanu battled it out in the infamous online “ Grudge Match of the Century ” . That battle saw Polk take Kid Poker for $1.2million across 25k hands , but in doing so he found a new respect for his opponent .
Their chat started off with a brief discussion of how DNegs improved following that tough match , with Daniel revealing one aspect related to punting, with running big bluffs an important part of the highstakes game. “Playing against you changed my relationship with punting in general…20-30 years of tournament play teaches you…whatever you do, don’t make a big mistake!” Then it was on to juicer topics, with Phil Hellmuth first up… Hellmuth’s Horrible Behaviour
The self-styled Poker Brat hit the headlines recently for a train-wreck showing on the Hustler Casino Live show , which saw him berate fellow, mostly amateur, players . He was even accused of angleshooting and singling out one opponent in particular
Negreanu told Polk: “It seemed like he was attacking Alexandra Botez , incessantly, the only woman at the table,” though he added, “nobody was all that intimidated…” by Hellmuth’s antics. “The only thing that surprised me was he didn’t have a jovial attitude in a spot where it seemed like what you should be doing.” With Polk not believing that the “Poker Brat” is a persona Hellmuth puts on for show , Negreanu replied: “You are 1000% correct and anyone who say it’s an act just hasn’t been around him!” This year’s WSOP could be interesting if he acts like that in front of Negreanu, with Daniel explaining that he will pull him up : “He called someone a “fucking moron” just for calling the river…I’m calling the floor for stuff like that…he has to do a better […]
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