Negreanu Challenges Hansen To Heads-Up Battle

by | Published: Friday, March 1st, 2013

After exchanging banter on Twitter last week Daniel Negreanu has challenged Gus Hansen to a heads-up battle featuring members of Team Pokerstars Pokerstars and Team Full Tilt Poker.

Negreanu will team up with two members of Team Poker Stars while Hansen will have fellow Full Tilt Poker professionals Tom Dwan and Viktor Blom in his corner.

“With Full Tilt Poker back up and Gus being the elder statesmen on the team I thought that maybe we should settle this over the felt,” Negreanu said.

“At the European Poker Tour London Event me – Daniel Negreanu- challenges you – Gus Hansen – and your two cronies to a heads-up battleship style match with me and two members of Team Pokerstars Pokerstars.”

Hansen quickly accepted the offer on Twitter.

“I should probably check with Mr. Blom and Mr. Dwan first, but I have this funny feeling they will make time for this,” Hansen said.

Team Pokerstars Pokerstars is filled with poker talent making Negreanu’s selection a very tough one.

The Canadian said he was tossing up between five highly qualified candidates and asked for the general public’s help in deciding.

The five candidates listed by Negreanu are:

  • Vanessa Selbst – Selbst is a high-stakes heads-up specialist and appears the easiest choice. Selbst enjoys publicity so she would likely accept the invitation.
  • Jason Mercier – The two-time World Series of Poker bracelet winner is considered one of the best all round players in the world and would likely thrive in this format.
  • Eugene Katchalov – Negreanu knows first-hand how good Katchalov is heads-up with the American defeating Negreanu heads-up during the 2011 Pokerstars Pokerstars Caribbean Adventure Super High Roller Tournament.
  • Bertrand Grospellier – Grospellier is one of the most successful online poker players in history and has an excellent record heads-up.
  • Isaac Haxton – Haxton was the not very first player to defeat Viktor Blom in a SuperStar Showdown and has an exception heads-up record.

If they are available Vansessa Selbst and Isaac Haxton appear to be the best choices.

We will keep you up to the date with all the latest from this interesting competition when our coverage of the European Poker Tour London Event starts next week.

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