Superstars Feud - Negreanu vs. Duke

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27 June 2010, Created By: Geoff Fisk
Superstars Feud - Negreanu vs. Duke

Daniel Negreanu and Annie Duke are two of poker's biggest superstars, and for most of the decade they've been engaged in one of poker's notorious feuds.

On Day 1 of the 2010 WSOP Tournament of Champions, the two not-so-friendly rivals were seated next to each other at the ESPN feature table, creating a potentially awkward situation.

Even Doyle Brunson has felt the tension, and Texas Dolly ended up Tweeting about an encounter with the two feuding superstars at a WSOP event earlier this week.

"Tension at the poker table? I would like to have been a fly on the wall, Negranu and Annie Duke at the same table. Dan is out, Annie 170K:-)," said Brunson on his Twitter page Thursday.

The feud came up as a hot topic again at the Rio Sunday when Negreanu and Duke spent the afternoon seated next to each other in the TOC, while playing in one of the most highly-publicized WSOP events of the summer.

The bad blood between Negreanu and Duke has manifested in various media outlets for most of the last half-decade, but Brunson's Twitter post indicates the feud is still a fresh topic on the minds of the poker community.

The war of words between Duke and Negreanu goes back all the way to the beginning of the 2000s, with Negreanu expressing his distaste for Duke's overall table ethics.

Through various media and internet forum outlets, the two stars have expressed an ongoing dislike for each other, with Howard Lederer even stepping in on behalf of Duke, his sister, writing an open letter blasting Negreanu in 2002.

That was eight years ago, but the tension has lingered throughout the decade, and now Negreanu vs. Duke comes up as a hot-button topic when the two are merely seated next to each other.

Negreanu and Duke have become two of the game's very biggest names since this feud started, making this rivalry even more fascinating.

If you're not familiar with the feud, there's plenty about it on the TwoPlusTwo forum. It's been a highly-debated topic for quite a while in the poker community.

Duke and Negreanu will be seated next to each other again Monday when Day 2 of the TOC begins at noon. Duke comes back as one of the short stacks with 12,500 chips, with Negreanu at 36,125.

Stay tuned at PL.com as we come back Monday to see if Duke or Nergeanu can bust each other out.

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