Daniel Negreanu has named Isaac Haxton and Bertrand Grospellier as his teammates to take on the Full Tilt Professionals during the European Poker Tour London event next week.
The Full Tilt Professionals team is led by Gus Hansen and includes Tom Dwan and Viktor Blom.
The challenge will played with a best of three structure with the winners of each match receiving $50,000 from their opponent and the members of the winning team scoring $10,000 in tournament buy-ins from the opposing online poker room.
Hansen was given his choice of match-ups and chose to face Negreanu while Grospellier will take on Blom and Dwan will do battle with Haxton.
Negreanu said the decision was very tough but ended up backing the judgment of his fellow Team Pokerstars pros.
“The unanimous choice, the number one guy that everybody thought was the right pick and I was planning on picking him almost certainly was Isaac Haxton,” Negreanu said.
“I’ve played heads-up with Isaac and he is probably the most experienced player on Team Pokerstars in this specific format so you absolutely cannot go wrong with this pick.”
Negreanu said the second pick was much tougher but is happy to into battle with Bertrand Grospellier.
“There was a case to be made for everybody but I was specifically looking at this specific format and match-up wise so I ended up going with Grospellier,” Negreanu said.
Negreanu said he hoped the event would be a bit of fun and create some positive headlines for poker.
“One of my New Year’s resolutions was to create some positive headlines for poker in light of what happened on Black Friday,” the popular Canadian said.
“I thought it’d be really cool, and I thought fans would really enjoy watching a match like this go down.”
The challenge will take place on Sunday March 10th at 10 a.m. ET and will be played online with Full Tilt Poker.
This means that anybody with a Full Tilt Poker account can log-on and follow all the action live.