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The Muck: Daniel Negreanu Vs. Doug Polk Grudge Match?

There's no love lost between Negreanu and Polk.

He may call himself retired and sick of the game of poker, but it seems there's still one thing left that can draw Doug Polk back in: his long-time grudge with Daniel Negreanu.

The two high-level players, who have been at odds for years, were back at it over the past few days on Twitter after Polk diverged from his mainstream focus to take some shots at Negreanu once again.

After some back-and-forth, with the flames stoked by Joe Ingram, discussion of a potential heads-up grudge match has commenced. Here's a look at how the most recent feud has developed.

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Negreanu Becomes a Target

With Polk stepping away from the game, it would seem his days of antagonizing Negreanu, a favorite target over the years, were finally in the past. However, he couldn't resist after Negreanu stepped out of line on livestream, cursing like a sailor and eliciting the ire of Twitch.

As if Negreanu's subsequent ban wasn't annoying enough, he had to deal with pockets of social media coming after him, and Polk joined in the chorus. He released a short but biting video that has since been taken down by YouTube, but it essentially cut Negreanu's ubiquitous MasterClass commercial with some of his choice swearing from his on-stream rants.

To Ingram, there was only one solution to this long-festering feud:

Haggling Begins, Needles Fly

Polk seemed up for the idea.

Naturally, he wanted heads-up no-limit hold'em, the game where he built his legend, climbed the mountain, and became one of the world's very best. Negreanu cast a sceptical eye on this idea, given that his all-around prowess has been a calling card over the years.

Polk suggested they compromise: each would pick a game and the challenge would be split between their chosen formats.

Then, things devolved into more needles. According to Negreanu, he's the Michael Jordan to Polk's Clyde Drexler.

Negotiations Continue, Match on the Horizon?

Ingram has kept clinging to the idea of the match, and it seems like the door isn't totally shut. Ingram threw out the idea of a heads-up sit-n-go series, best-of-seven, with agreed-upon structures and some of the money going to charity.

Polk nixed that idea.

Betting site PokerShares installed both players as close to even money in a prospective match, but the betting public has come in on Polk so far, moving the line to -119, about a 54% implied probability of winning.

However, while the idea of a heads-up grudge match between two of the biggest names in the game would appeal to many, Polk seems confident it won't come to pass.

UPDATE: Negreanu has accepted in principle a match of heads-up no-limit hold'em.

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