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    Thursday, February 28th, 2013 by Ryan

We always love seeing big named poker pros square off in head to head match-ups, especially when they are playing for some serious money. This is something that you’ll likely find at some of the biggest online poker sites out there like PokerStars and Full Tilt Poker, but it’s also been seen in live poker games as well. In the newest bit of news that has come out, it directly relates to two of the biggest old rivals in the online poker world in PokerStars and Full Tilt Poker. These two sites have gone back and forth at each other for traffic in the past, but now that PokerStars has actually purchased Full Tilt Poker, they’ve seen traffic stay strong on both sites. While they are still considered to be rivals to some extent, the two work together in some sorts, and Stars remains at the top of the rankings.

The rivalry is likely to get going yet again between the online poker pros on the two sites now though. News came out that two of the biggest names in poker got into it on the popular social site Twitter, when Team PokerStars pro Daniel Negreanu, and the founding member of the “Professionals” at Full Tilt, Gus Hansen got into a nice talk. The back and forth began on the 21st of February when Hansen brought up the huge hand between he and Negreanu on High Stakes Poker back in 2006. In the hand, Negreanu flopped a set of sixes while Hansen flopped a set of five. The sum it up quickly, Hansen was able to hit the one outer on the turn to hit Quads and Negreanu hit a full house on the river to make things even worse. They got it all-in and Negreanu actually showed serious concern making the call, but in total the pot ended up being worth a whopping $575,700.

Negreanu came back at Hansen though, and didn’t back down when stating that he was going to “congratulate” him on his “graph for 2013, but then realized that I was looking at it upside down. Ouch!” Hansen came back a bit later and made a challenge to Negreanu to set up a rematch of the High Stakes Poker event on Full Tilt Poker. This led to Negreanu saying that he had an interesting idea, and that he would get back to him on Monday with the idea, and it has caught the attention from quite a few people out there.

In the proposal to Hansen, Negreanu tweeted a link to a video blog, and this saw him proposing a challenge between the two largest and most talked about online poker sites in the world in PokerStars and Full Tilt Poker. Hansen would be with his two “Professionals” partners in Tom “durrrr” Dwan, and Viktor “Isildur1″ Blom, who as you may know, are incredible players, against Negreanu and two members of the Team PokerStars that Negreanu would end up choosing. One member would go against another member in a battleship style heads up match at the European Poker Tour’s stop in London. The game would happen live, but it would be online with the two laptops facing each other during the play (this is what battleship means). The matches are going to be best of three each.

Hanson’s answer was an obvious yes, by stating that “if you and your money will be there, I can’t say no!” He asked for one change to the game plan though before the action started, by stating that since Negreanu had a ton of players to choose from, and he had his two, he should be allowed to pick the match-up’s between the players. Negreanu agreed to this, and stated that he’d have his team ready to roll here soon.

As far as who Negreanu could end up choosing, he mentioned five potential players that he is likely to choose between, and they include popular names like Jason Mercier, Vanessa Selbst, Eugene Katchalov, Bertrand “ElkY” Grospellier, and Isaac Haxton. He also said that he’d take suggestions from the poker fans out there though, so make sure to get your opinions tossed into the ring.

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