# Doug Polk Reveals How He Won \$1.2 Million vs. Daniel Negreanu

If you want to improve your heads-up poker skills, here’s some great news for you:

Doug Polk has peeled back the curtain to reveal his strategy from the \$200/\$400 heads-up challenge versus Daniel Negreanu.

His new lesson (which is live in the Upswing Lab training course) has 3.5+ hours of exclusive content covering all major aspects of the match, including never before seen hands that didn’t go to showdown.

(Already a Lab member? Find this lesson in the What’s New section of the course.)

## Free Sneak Peek: Doug Turns Pocket Fives Into a \$38,808 Bluff

Want to get a better idea of what the content is like? Check out this free preview video in which Doug analyzes one his biggest bluffs that didn’t reach showdown:

And for those who prefer reading, here’s a written version of the hand and brief snippets of Doug’s analysis:

• Preflop: Doug raises to \$948 with . Daniel 3-bets to \$4,269.28. Doug calls.

“I open Pocket Fives and face a 3-bet, which is a standard call.”

• Flop (\$8,538.56):

Daniel checks. Doug bets \$1,707.21. Daniel raises to \$10,671.94. Doug calls.

“Daniel checks and I bet very small, which is preferred on paired boards. Daniel check-raises big. Now, there are some things to think about here. You need some floats that can bluff later streets and I think you prefer calling hands that can draw to [a full house]. So I think I like to Pocket Fives here more than a hand like or . We do choose to float.”

• Turn (\$29,882.44):

Daniel checks. Doug bets \$9,860.38. Daniel calls.

“Now he checks. You can maybe argue that Fives should check here and lower pairs could bluff. But I think Fives is right around the cusp. We do go for the 1/3 pot turn size and he calls.”

• River (\$49,603.20):

Daniel checks. Doug bets all-in \$38,808.05. Daniel folds.

“The river is a 3 so now Pocket Threes has improved to a boat. Our only worse hands we can shove here are Deuces and Fours. You should bluff those before Fives, for sure. But we do jam and get the fold. I think he likely turned a Jack.”

• Results: Doug wins \$88,411.25

The module is packed with hands like this — hands that are interesting, informative and downright entertaining.

## Final Thoughts

For the final words on this new module, let’s give Doug the floor:

“It was a year ago that I started training for this. Here we are a year later, and we got the win. I’m proud of how I played. But I could have played better, obviously.

If you think the games are getting really tough, I [won \$1.2 million] despite making tons of mistakes. And if I did it again, I’d make tons of mistakes again. You’re always going to make mistakes in poker.

The question is: can you learn from your mistakes and improve?”

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