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Negreanu Reacts to ADZ124 Challenge
Apparently Daniel Negreanu has no time for Matt "ADZ124" Marafioti, or the challenge he issued the poker superstar in his blog on PokerListings earlier this week.
"If I wasted my time responding to all the completely insane nutjobs on the Internet, I wouldn't have enough hours in the day," Negreanu said with a smile at the WPT Championship in Las Vegas Sunday.
"He falls directly into that category of social misfit."
While Negreanu is one of the most successful players in the history of poker and the public face of PokerStars, the world's largest online poker site, Marafioti boldly claimed in the blog that he is the more marketable player, lives a nicer lifestyle off the back of the game and does so without the benefits of a lucrative endorsement deal.
In fact, he claims if he was given all the support Negreanu gets, he'd be a much better player.
Marafioti, who is rumored to have won over $5 million online, said he's offered to play Negreanu heads-up at any stakes, even going as far as to promise him $500 an hour to do so.
He says he also asked Kid Poker at the 2010 PCA High Roller event to bet 100k on who cashes for more over the next ten live events they play together.
According to Marafioti's latest blog, the challenges still stand. Plus, he says he'd be interested in a $100k cage fighting match as well.
But for now, Negreanu is taking a somewhat higher road.
"I don't want to encourage him," he said.