Hall and Dentale Set For March Heads-up Grudge MatchDecember 13, 2016 1:46 pm
Since December 8th, the poker media has been following the twitter spat that has erupted between female poker pro Cate Hall and a less than chivalrous Mike Dentale who has called her everything under the sun, including “clueless” and a “tramp, crackhead, slut”. Following the bitter nature of their discourse, the two pros have now agreed to settle their differences at the tables, with a possible grudge match earmarked for sometime in March 2017.
According to Matt Glantz, who on his twitter account introduces himself as a “Promoter of all Poker Grudge Matches”, the heads-up battle will be held at the SugarHouse casino in Philadelphia, and watched by a Poker Night in America crowd. The contest itself will be a best out of three $25-$50 cash game, with each player buying in for $10,000 each time.
Getting in on the action, Doug Polk, a heads-up No Limit hold’em specialist, said that he would be providing commentary on the match. At least, that way there should be less room for bickering over the quality of play once the battle is complete, especially considering how the dispute got started in the first place. During the recent WPT Five Diamond World Poker Classic Main Event, Cate Hall made a misstep when she called off her 80bb stack preflop holding A-10 against Barry Hutter’s pocket jacks, and as she tweeted soon after:
“Spoiler alert for those watching updates: Just went with a read I was pretty confident of & was wrong. It will look horrible. Now short.”
Once asked by Brian Reinert whether “calling off 80 BB’s w/A10 is ever right?”, Hall replied that she was getting 2.3:1 on the call, and so “yes depending on range assumptions.”
This lead to Mike Dentale chiming in and questioning her poker skills, with Hall eventually calling him a “pathetic sad sack.”
Nevertheless, their animosity towards each other goes back further to the recent Presidential Election, with Hall on the side of liberals, but Dentale taking an opposite view. Dentale subsequently started responding to her anti-Trump posts, leading up to the recent flood of insults.