Limit Hold’em Challenge: Negreanu Loses To RUaBotMay 6, 2012 1:43 pm
This week, PokerStars announced the start of a new competition series called ‘The Limit Hold’em Challenge,’ in which selected pros would play each other for high stakes in the once popular poker variant.
The first challenge then presented a fascinating contest between a young German limit hold’em genius called RUaBot, and Canadian pro Daniel Negreanu, who has 4 WSOP bracelets to his name, two of which are in limit events.
Both players started with $75,000 and were due to play 1,250 hands across two tables at stakes of $200/$400 to determine the winner. Fans expecting to see a close contest would have enjoyed the back and forth of the first 167 hands which saw the players fairly even in chips, after which RUaBot went into over drive.
Through a combination of impressive skill and running well, RUaBot was able to steadily whittle away at Negreanu, who regularly vented his frustration in the chat box with such comments as; “OMG dude this is too much!!! haha” and “That is starting to get really annoying LOL,” after losing yet again to a river beat.
Subsequently, RUaBot was $5,400 in profit after 185 hands, $17,900 after 353 hands, $44,200 after 407 hands, before taking the whole of Negreanu’s $75,000 stack to close the match out after just 937 hands.
At the end of the four hour plus challenge, RUaBot was quick to acknowledge his good fortune to a still clearly frustrated Daniel Negreanu, with the conversation going as follows:
rUaBot: sorry for the sick run
KidPoker: its ok just glad its over!
KidPoker: have never in my life played 2 tables HU LH and I never will again
rUaBot: big thanks for playing here
KidPoker: good night
That chat might not necessarily bode well for the future of ‘The Limit Hold’em Challenge,’ which was originally launched to help stimulate interest and introduce a new generation of players to Limit Hold’em.