Polk Vs Negreanu: Doug Polk’s insane side bets

The Polk Vs Negreanu challenge is almost drawing to a conclusion.

Unless Negreanu makes a miraculous comeback, Polk has this one in his crosshairs. At the moment, he is already up more than $700,000 with fewer than 5000 hands to go.

However, apart from the money Polk will make from the challenge, he will make more from side bets.

Here’s a look at Doug Polk’s side bets and possible winnings.

$500,000 from Bill Perkin’s side bet

This is arguably the biggest score he will get from side bets.
Bill Perkins, a multimillionaire, never passes up any opportunity to make money. And when the Polk Vs Negreanu challenge was announced, Perkins expressed interest to buy action.

At 4:1, with Polk being the strong favourite, the opportunity was too good a deal to pass up.
To that end, Polk wagered a staggering 2 million against $500k from Perkins.

Phil Hellmuth 20k bet

With 4:1 odds against a player of Negreanu calibre, a lot of big names were looking to buy action.

Phil Hellmuth was more than ready to risk $20k with the potential of earning himself a cool $80k.

Ho got action soon after Doug Polk accepted the side bet.

Mike Matusow Side bet

Doug Polk was not the only one offering action.
Mike Matusow offered to wager half of his entire bankroll at the time, jumping at the mouth-watering 4:1 odds. With 10k he stood to earn $40k. However, he may end up losing the $10k if Polk holds on his lead.

Final Word

With only a few more sessions to go and Polk having an almost unassailable lead, we can safely assume that Polk is likely to emerge the victor.

To that end, apart from the money he will win off Negreanu, he will also make half a mil from Perkins and 20k from Hellmuth.

Well, that will be one hell of a payday if you ask me.


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