The 10 Biggest Pots From The Polk vs Negreanu Challenge (So Far)

The most anticipated poker grudge match in years got underway last week The Polk and it hasn’t disappointed.

Through the first four sessions, the rivals have played 1,372 hands with Doug holding on to a strong $180,865.22 lead.

The 10 Biggest Pots From The Polk vs Negreanu Challenge (So Far)
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There have already been 12 pots that have crossed the $75,000 threshold, four of which have seen over $100,000 exchange hands.

This article will show you the 10 biggest hands so far, with a clip of the hand in addition to a written description. And if you want to hear Doug’s thoughts on how the challenge has gone so far, scroll to the bottom of the article.

Note: All of the sessions will be streamed on Doug’s YouTube Channel or the Poker Twitch Channel. For the match rules and the most up-to-date information on the challenge, visit our tracking page

Hand #1: $130,301.10 (Left Table)

Watch the hand below (you can full screen the video with the square icon in the bottom right corner) or read the text recap below.

The biggest hand through the four sessions took place in the first online session (the second overall session).

Daniel kicked off the action by opening the Button to $1,000 with 9♣ 7♣. Doug responded by putting in a $3,768 3-bet with A♦ A♥ and Daniel made the call.

The flop came 8♦ 8♠ 5♥ and Doug continued the aggression with a c-bet of $3,766.75 into the pot of $7,533.50. Daniel made the call and the turn brought the 8♥, making the board 8♦ 8♠ 5♥ 8♥. Doug fired off a pot-sized bet of $15,069.50 and Daniel called with his inside straight draw.

The river came 9♦ which made the final board 8♦ 8♠ 5♥ 8♥ 9♦. With $45,206 already in the pot, Doug put Daniel all-in for his remaining $42,547.55. Daniel used most of his time bank before making the call, shipping Doug a pot worth $130,301.10