March 3, 2021 Poker Gossip, Poker News Graham

Daniel Negreanu Confirms Heads-Up match vs. Phil Hellmuth to Start Mid-March

 Daniel Negreanu vs. Phil Hellmuth confirmed!

Daniel Negreanu has now confirmed the eagerly-awaited heads-up challenge against his nemesis Phil Hellmuth. The pair are long-time rivals in the live poker tournament scene and are sure to give the fans another great battle in this long run of heads-up matches.

Daniel Negreanu Out to Prove Himself

There’s no doubt that after his much-improved performance in the second half of the high stakes feud Daniel Negreanu wants to show the world how good he has become.

The Canadian tournament specialist worked incredibly hard during his match against Doug Polk and was a more than worthy rival by the end. The problem for him is that he still lost, and this will eat him up a little inside. He desperately wants to win a battle such as this.

Of course, Phil Hellmuth is also a tournament specialist, so victory in this match won’t be the same as beating Doug Polk, but it still promises to be an entertaining battle.

PokerGO will live stream the entire match

The match is thought to be following the same format as the High Stakes Duel played between Phil Hellmuth and Antonio Esfandiari. Each player sits down with $50,000 and the game is a heads-up sit&go.

The loser can rebuy by matching the outstanding prize pool within three days. If the loser declines to play, then a new challenger can step forward within the next 30 days. This is actually quite exciting. We wonder who else might get involved later on.

The rules state that if a winning streak starts in the first three rounds then players may cash out after three consecutive wins.

If the three-win streak starts during round four or later, players can cash out after two consecutive wins.

The whole match will be aired on the PokerGO platform to give fans a major treat as they follow the battle between two old-school heavyweights.

Should Daniel Negreanu Be the Favourite?

The betting on PokerShares surprisingly shows Daniel Negreanu as a clear favourite. In a deep-stacked cash format we would wholeheartedly agree—but this is far from that.

Daniel Negreanu challenges Phil Hellmuth to an online heads-up match

The decimal odds are:

  • Daniel Negreanu 1.65
  • Phil Hellmuth 2.45

For all of the stick that Phil Hellmuth gets for his play, he is a master of this type of format, having had much success over the last two decades. In fact, he demolished Antonio Esfandiari 3-0 in last year’s High Stakes Duel.

We expect the rules to actually favour the tight-conservative approach of Phil Hellmuth, rather than the small ball, exploitative approach of Daniel Negreanu.

Only last week Daniel Negreanu went as far as publicly saying that he wouldn’t even prepare for the match. This is, of course, quite arrogant and dangerous, or just a plain lie. He said the only way Hellmuth could beat him was by luckily winning three or four flips in a row.

There is also some reputation at stake here for Phil Hellmuth. He heavily criticised Daniel Negreanu for his play against Doug Polk, which wasn’t taken lightly.

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