Doug Polk challenges Phil Hellmuth heads-up

The retiree dangles a $1 million carrot in the face of the Poker Brat after his second victory over Daniel Negreanu.

Here we go again. Doug Polk appears to be getting ready to come out of retirement for the 17th time if Phil Hellmuth accepts his challenge. 

Fresh off of his 5th High Stakes Duel win in a row, the Poker Brat is facing a fresh heads-up challenge from the man who beat Daniel Negreanu for $1.2 million earlier this year. 

The challenge is not in the High Stakes Duel format but the same online format he played against Negreanu, with one notable difference. 

There was no side bet in the Negreanu match, but a $1 million sweetener this time around. This suggests that Polk does not respect the game of Hellmuth anywhere near as much as he did Negreanu. Or perhaps he is just taking his lead from Landon Tice who is giving Bill Perkins a $720,000 head start in their challenge?

It seems everyone wants a piece of Phil Hellmuth, just last month Bryn Kenney challenged him heads-up, but with no side bet on the line. 

It will be harder for Phil to ignore a seven-figure sweetener but Hellmuth rarely takes on challenges and formats he is known to be an underdog in, and two tabling online cash games is a far cry from what he is known to excel in. 

Negreanu reflects on his heads-up record

Meanwhile Daniel Negreanu has been licking his wounds following his heads-up defeat to Hellmuth. 

Friend of PokerStrategy (and well known not friend of Kid Poker) pointed out that Daniel has not won a heads-up encounter in the last 18 times he has gotten three-handed in a tournament.

Add to that his recent heads-up battles with Polk and Hellmuth, and it has led him to reflect on this unlikely losing streak in heads-up matches:

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Phil Hellmuth and Daniel Negreanu have already agreed to a third High Stakes Duel on PokerGO for $200,000 each.

Will Phil take Doug’s challenge? Let us know in the comments:


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