It seems that heads-up matches are the next big thing in poker. All started with Phil Galfond challenging anyone in the world, while HU between Polk and Negreanu brought everything to the next level.
With the Doug Polk vs. Daniel Negreanu match out of the way and Negreanu already finding himself a new opponent, poker world has a new exciting match confirmed. Landon Tice and Bill Perkins agreed to a high-stakes heads-up poker match on Twitter, and it appears it's going to be a big one.
HEADS UP FOR SOULS IS ON!— Landon (@LandonTice) February 6, 2021
I battle the Legend @bp22
I pay 9bb/100
More details to come, but BLOOD WILL BE IN THE STREETS 🔥📈
They have agreed to play 20k hands at $200/$400 stakes, the same stakes as Negreanu and Polk. All action will take place online, although the poker site hasn’t yet been determined.
There is one difference in this challenge. Tice is so confident that he will beat Perkins, who is still considered an amateur poker player, that he gave him a big head start.
Tice must pay Perkins nine big blinds per 100 hands as part of the deal, or $720,000, assuming the match goes the full 20,000 hands. So, if he wins $800,000 during the heads-up play, he’ll really only profit $80,000 as he’ll then owe his opponent $720,000.
It's going down!! https://t.co/pyofjOkp4p— Bill Perkins (Guy) (@bp22) February 24, 2021
Who is Landon Tice?
Landon Tice is a rising star, who has taken the poker world by the storm over the last 12 months. He has won the 2020 Mid-States Poker Tour (MSPT) Venetian $1,100 Main Event for over $200,000. It was the first recorded live tournament score of his career.
He revealed that he went from playing $0.10/$0.20 NL hold'em cash games up to $50/$100 NL in just over one year.
Joey Ingram did a couple of interviews with him and has gone so far as calling him the next Tom Dwan.
No date has been set yet on when the match will begin. But both players have agreed to play, at least on social media. The only question now is will Perkins actually see this thing through until the end or will he get bored, like it has happened before?
Last summer, he briefly began a Galfond Challenge against Phil Galfond, but that match only lasted a couple of sessions. Some followers aren’t very confident in Perkins playing all 20k hands at all.
I'd lay 9-1 that Bill gets bored / distracted at some point and forgets he's supposed to play 20k hands of poker and this isn't completed. https://t.co/DeWBXWg3kg— Haralabos Voulgaris (@haralabob) February 7, 2021