Phil Hellmuth won the first match, rallying from a chip deficit of about 95,000 to 5,000. The stakes are doubling to $100,000 each for round two.
Officials are planning the flagship WSOP at the Rio in Las Vegas, WSOP Europe in the Czech Republic and the WSOP Online in the summer.
The friendly poker rivals played for more than six hours in their $50,000 buy-in “High Stakes Duel” on the video subscription service PokerGO.
Phil Hellmuth, the all-time WSOP bracelet leader, said he has been stung by criticism of what he thought were his impeccable poker accomplishments.
The story focuses on a fictional Strip hotel, a high-stakes poker player, a clinically depressed cocktail waitress and a reporter fighting for their souls.
The “High Stakes Duel” had been set for Tuesday at the PokerGO studio by the Aria. PokerGO cited a COVID-related concern.
Doug Polk saved $90,200 with what commentator Gabe Kaplan called the “best laydown we’ve ever had” on “High Stakes Poker.”
Phil Hellmuth and Daniel Negreanu will meet in the “High Stakes Duel” format used by the subscription video service PokerGO, with each putting up $50,000 to start.
The events were postponed because of the coronavirus pandemic for nearly a year. They now will be played at the PokerGO studio.
The subscription video service, a sort of Netflix for poker, is looking forward to hosting big buy-in tournaments again this year.
The poker stars will compete in the “High Stakes Duel” format used by the subscription video service PokerGO, whose studio is next to the Aria.
Doug Polk won $1.2 million from Daniel Negreanu in their recent heads-up No-limit Hold’em challenge match, the culmination of a yearslong feud.
Henderson resident Doug Polk won $255,722 from Daniel Negreanu on Wednesday as the poker stars reached the agreed-upon total of 25,000 hands of heads-up No-limit Hold’em.