Negreanu-Polk Match Changes as High Stakes Poker Films

Poker players tend to change their minds…often. The long road to setting up the grudge match between Daniel Negreanu and Daniel Polk is a prime example. However, Poker Central took over, reset the match to begin on November 4, and added some action for the fans.

In addition, Poker Central announced details for a brand-new season of High Stakes Poker, the classic poker TV show that fans have sorely missed.

Get ready for some big poker action!

New Details for Negreanu-Polk Poker

Just recently, the details for the heads-up grudge match between Daniel Negreanu and Doug Polk seemed to be set. So, we posted about it. And then they changed the details, obviously.

This heads-up poker battle has been many years in the making. The two poker pros went from sniping at each other online to nastier comments. Read more about the escalation of bad blood here.

About two weeks ago, the duo appeared to agree to start the action on November 1 and play $200/$400 online, two tables at a time, for at least 12,500 hands. Each player loaded his WSOP-dot-com account with $1 million.

Enter Poker Central, which owns the online subscription video channel PokerGO. It took over the branding of the match and collaborated with GGPoker – for whom Negreanu is the main ambassador – to present High Stakes Feud.

The new details are as follows:

  • $200/$400 stakes
  • 25,000 hands
  • First 200 hands to play live at PokerGO Studio in Las Vegas at 5pm PT on November 4
  • Subsequent action shifts to
  • Online play will be 3-5 times per week

Fans will be able to see the action from the PokerGO Studio this week for free, with no PokerGO subscription required. The match will stream on PokerGO’s YouTube and Facebook channels.

PokerGO Executive Producer Mori Eskandani noted, “With Negreanu and Polk’s perennial rivalry and constant conflicts on social media, High Stakes Feud will be a match fans will not want to miss. The one-on-one match format between these notable poker professionals, along with the possibility of this game lasting multiple months, makes the outcome of each day in this series a must-see.”

High Stakes Poker: Season 8

Most poker fans remember the days of High Stakes Poker on television. Well, Canadians may not have had the same access to the shows as they premiered, but they found a way to watch.

The high-stakes cash games were legendary. They ran from 2006 to 2011 with big names like Daniel Negreanu, Sammy Farha, Doyle Brunson, Phil Hellmuth, Tom Dwan, Phil Ivey, Guy Laliberte, Jennifer Harman, Barry Greenstein, Gus Hansen, Erick Lindgren, Eli Elezra, Mike Matusow, Antonio Esfandiari, Phil Laak, David Benyamine… Need we continue? There were hundreds of thousands of dollars in chips and cash bundles on the table. Even so, the conversation that was sometimes more intriguing than the poker hands.

In February of this year, Poker Central purchased the High Stakes Poker brand and all of its assets, including all seven seasons of the show. The immediate goal was to offer them to PokerGO subscribers, which they did. It was clear that the show’s popularity withstood the test of time.

The bigger goal, however, was to revive the show. It became difficult this year due to the coronavirus pandemic, but they finally started filming last month. The show’s original producer, Mori Eskandani, is now the executive producer at Poker Central, and he is able to bring the show to a new generation of poker fans.

“We expect even more action,” Eskandani said, “when the show returns with faces new and old.”

Poker Central and PokerGO completed a new studio setup for the show. They made an effort to replicate some of the feeling of the original shows that were recorded in various hotel suites around Las Vegas.

Hellmuth and Dwan tweeted teasers when they sat down to begin playing and filming. Their Twitter posts revealed that some of the participants in Season 8 will include themselves, along with Phil Ivey, Jason Koon, Jean-Robert Bellande, Rick Salomon, and Brandon Adams.

Eskandani and show announcer Jeff Platt both hinted at some surprise names and faces. While some legendary faces will not be included – Brunson not feeling well, Elezra in quarantine – there may be some newer high-stakes players in the lineups to spice up the action.

The new season of High Stakes Poker will debut on December 16.

New subscribers to PokerGO can use the promo code “HSP2020” for $10 off a subscription.


Jennifer Newell

Jennifer Newell

Jennifer Newell has been writing about poker and gambling since 2004. From her days in the WPT offices to covering summers of WSOP tournament action, she also followed gambling legislation to Washington D.C. and women-only poker to the Bahamas. Meanwhile, she lived in Los Angeles and Las Vegas for many years before moving back to her hometown of St. Louis, Missouri. Now, Jen travels less, writing about poker and online gambling from her home with her two dogs watching her every move. In her spare time, she follows politics, works on her never-finished novels, and learns Italian in the hopes of retiring to Italy someday.

If you want to know more, you can follow Jen on Twitter @WriterJen


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