Doug Polk dissed the heads-up abilities of Fedor Holz and Wiktor “Limitless” Malinowski, which made Dan “Jungleman” Cates defend the poker pros who will soon face-off in a heads-up challenge.
Polk recently finished off a heads-up battle against his long-time rival Daniel Negreanu. He beat “DNegs” out of $1.2 million over 25,000 hands at $200/$400 stakes.
The Upswing Poker founder has long been considered one of the top heads-up players in the world. And he sure doesn’t have a problem letting others know they aren’t at his level. Polk blasted both Holz and Malinowski in a recent tweet.
“Fedor = extremely weak at hunl every reg dreams of having him sit their table. Spewtastic and punts hard. Limitless = one of the most overated regs on the planet. His proof for being the best is saying so on a podcast. Since then lots of losing to real top dogs. Should be good,” Polk tweeted.
Holz is one of the top live poker pros of all-time, having won over $32 million in tournaments. He’s also won millions online, but Polk clearly doesn’t have much respect for his heads-up no-limit hold’em game.
“Jungleman,” who is one of the top online poker players in the world, came to the defense of the future heads-up opponents.
“You know what I’ll talk a little shit: The two cockiest people in this thread (@DougPolkVids and @CrownUpGuy ) were extremely good in their respective fields (HUNL and tournaments) have done f**k all in anything else in poker. I’ll back up @Iimitless2 in any game he plays,” Cates responded to Polk’s tweet.
Polk and “Jungelman” have always been cordial, at least publicly. So, this came a bit out of left field. The Twitter feud continued beyond the initial trash talking.
“Wait, hold on a second. What do you think you’re more relevant because you have a Youtube channel? Dude have you even seen these guys in the last two years? Would you even be able to pick @Iimitless2 out of a lineup? They both came to my parties,” Cates fired back.
Holz answers back
“CrownUpGuy,” aka Fedor Holz, then responded to Polk’s comments on “The Rake,” a Run it Once podcast hosted by Jamie Kerstetter and Ben Wilinofsky.
“Doug Polk just got in the mix,” Kerstetter said to her guest on the podcast.
“I just read it, and you know, stuff like this hurts,” Holz responded. “I would probably not think about it tomorrow. But in the moment, I think it hurts because I cannot identify the background.”
The German poker sensation whom many consider the best player in the world was caught off guard by Polk’s comments. He said he has “no real relationship” with the Upswing Poker founder and that the two haven’t talked in the past couple of years. But he also said that when they’d talk in the past Polk was always “quite nice” to him.
Polk has a lengthy history of trashing the poker game’s of respected pros, whether it’s Daniel Negreanu, Jason Mercier, or now Fedor Holz and Wiktor Malinowski. That’s just his schtick. Some like it, some hate.
Whether they are good at poker or not, Holz and “Limitless” will begin a heads-up no-limit hold’em challenge on March 5 on GGPoker. Perhaps they had better brush up on the Poker.org poker hands ranking chart if Polk’s assessment of their play is accurate.
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