It seems that the ‘in’ thing at the moment is to have high stakes heads up challengers amongst today’s poker pros. It was only last Sunday that we saw the $200k heads up challenge between the Full Tilt Poker “Professionals” Viktor “Isildur1” Blom and Tom “Durrrr” Dwan. The new PokerStars Team Pro Ike Haxton is another that likes to throw a heads up challenge around, with him normally cleaning up in that sense.
Blom won managed to win that particular challenge with Blom, leaving us wondering who the next challenge would involve and when it would be. Well, less than a week it would seem as now Dan “Jungleman” Cates and Brian “Tsarrast” Rast have put a challenge in place.
The difference with this one is that it will not be online; they have decided to make it a live heads up challenge, with each player bringing $100k to the table and playing until one player has the lot. It is going to be taking place at the Dover Downs Poker Club on the 1st of February next year. They will be playing stakes of $100/$200 and will play for as long as they have to until there is a winner.
It is certainly going to be an interesting encounter, with Cates obviously being the most successful online player, whilst Rast splits his time between both online and offline. Cates has won untold amounts of money online but when it comes to live cashes, he falls well behind Rast. Rast has managed to bank $4,568,901 from live tournaments whilst Cates has just $309,085 to his name, yet that is more to do with the fact that he doesn’t play many and prefers to grind online.
We are still unsure as to whether this event will be screened live anywhere or perhaps streamed live on the net, but we will be sure to let you know as soon as we do. With this occasion not occurring for a couple of months, we are now wondering if we will see any more heads up challenges before the end of the year.
If we could choose one, we would like to see Daniel Negreanu Versus Howard Lederer. We are sure that the action will be entertaining, though it will more than likely the action from their mouths that will overshadow the poker on that occasion. Unlikely to happen, though we can always hope, or perhaps a little letter to Santa might help to make it happen.