In a Thursday afternoon tweet, Matusow said that he bet $10,000 of his $20,000 bankroll on Negreanu to win, getting 4:1 on his money. He said another quarter of that roll went to a bet he placed in March that President Donald Trump would be re-elected.
Well I did it! I bet 10k of my 20k bankroll on
RealKidPoker</a> getting 4 to 1 vs <a href="https://twitter.com/DougPolkVids?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">DougPolkVids. I would of bet it all but needed 6k for bills on nov. 1st. Plus the 5k I bet on Trump to win in March that could be in jeopardy. Let’s go @RealKidPoker don’t let me go bust again!
— Mike Matusow (@themouthmatusow) October 22, 2020
The aggressive bankroll management displayed by Matusow was a little concerning to the two players involved in the match.
“Please don’t do this,” Polk tweeted to Matusow.
Negreanu also acknowledged the insane risk and simply responded with a gif.
— Daniel Negreanu (@RealKidPoker) October 22, 2020
Given the odds offered on Negreanu, the four-time World Series of Poker bracelet winner wasn’t the only one looking to bet on “Kid Poker.” 15-time WSOP bracelet winner Phil Hellmuth tweeted Wednesday that he was looking to bet on Negreanu as well.
Hellmuth cited the price as the main reason he wanted to bet on Negeranu.
DougPolkVids</a> is an amazing heads up player! Especially in no limit holdem, esp online, esp over 25,000 hands. But, I’m hearing Doug is 4-to-1 favorite over <a href="https://twitter.com/RealKidPoker?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">RealKidPoker. This seems high, and I’ll bet on Daniel at 4-to-1. Reach out to me if your credible
— phil_hellmuth (@phil_hellmuth) October 22, 2020
25-year-old high-roller Ali Imsirovic, who has $8.9 million in tournament earnings, responded to Hellmuth as well. Imsirovic said he would take the bet and risk $400,000 to win $100,000 from Hellmuth. Hellmuth didn’t respond to Imsirovic.
While there haven’t been a ton of public statements regarding side action, there will likely be a lot of money being bet on Polk from some of the younger high-stakes players. Imsirovic was obviously willing to put some cash on Doug and Adam Hendrix, who has $1.4 million in tournament earnings tweeted that he was looking to bet on him as well.
Looking to bet Polk 4 to 1 vs dnegs. Min 1k.
— Adam Hendrix (@AdamHendrix10) October 22, 2020
Polk and Negreanu agreed to start their match Nov. 1. Throughout October, there were very public negotiations on Twitter regarding the rules surrounding the match, especially when it came to the use preflop charts.
The match will mostly be played on WSOP.com and will be two tables of $200-$400 heads-up no-limit hold’em with 100-big blind stacks that will automatically top up to the max as soon as either player falls below that threshold.
High-stakes pro Kane Kalas will provide streaming commentary for the match and in exchange for the banning of preflop charts, there will be a brief segment that will be played live with hole cards exposed.