It started with a needle and turned into a challenge between the faces of PokerStars and Full Tilt that’s expected to be played out in a six-player, multiple heads-up match during EPT London next month.
Hansen reminded Negreanu of a $575k pot the two played together on High Stakes Poker in 2006, when Hansen turned quads against Negreanu’s full house.
“Wonder if I ever get another chance to take your money,” Hansen tweeted.
Negreanu shot back.
“I was going to congratulate you on your graph for 2013 but then realized I was looking at it upside down,” Negreanu tweeted. “Ouch!”
Hansen offered a High Stakes Poker rematch.
The Twitter banter continued for a few days, and Negreanu ultimately decided to offer a heads-up match of sorts.
In a vlog posted Tuesday, Negreanu offered a “Proposition for Gus Hansen and Company.”
Negreanu said he gets asked about the famous hand against Hansen “in every single interview I ever do.”
“Let’s settle this over the felt, if you will.”
Negreanu suggested Hansen, Viktor Blom and Tom Dwan play a series of battleship-style heads up matches against Negreanu and two other PokerStars Pros. The challenge calls for the matches to be played live but on laptops to facilitate multi-tabling.
The details have yet to be worked out, but Negreanu proposed playing on Day 1A of EPT London which runs March 5-16.
Negreanu rattled off some of PokerStars biggest names as his possible teammates—Vanessa Selbst, Jason Mercier, Eugene Katchalov, Elky and Isaac Haxton—and solicited suggestions on Twitter.
“I think it’ll be a lot of fun, and I think it’ll be good for poker,” Negreanu said.
And in a day, the match was set.
On Wednesday morning, Full Tilt Poker tweeted that Gus Hansen had accepted a heads up challenge from Negreanu and that “The Professionals” will battle Daniel and two other PokerStars Pros.
Negreanu is expected to announce his teammates within a few days.
“Let’s gamble buddy,” Negreanu said in the vlog. “Come on. Bring it.”
UPDATE: Negreanu has announced that he has chosen Elky and Isaac Haxton as his teammates in the match that will be played on Full Tilt Poker.