The USA – Following weeks – nay, years – of anticipation, this week Americans will finally watch the most anticipated match-up in the history of the United States: Daniel Negreanu vs. Doug Polk.

These titans of poker, public perception, and intrigue represent diametrically opposed world views: one represents an older, more conservative approach to poker, with a fanbase that is set in their years-old beliefs. The other appeals to a younger generation that worships at the altar of game theory optimal play – perhaps to the detriment of the game’s health.

It’s a battle of memorization vs. preflop tables scribbled on a napkin.

Spiked bro hair vs. dyed hair-plugs.

Playing top ten hands vs. 4-betting Q6o exactly 19% of the time from the button.

It would hardly be an exaggeration to describe the battle as one of good vs. evil.

Who are we, really, as a country!?

The future of our community is at stake – whoever wins this epic showdown will be viewed as a leader for years to come, representing us at international events and leading the discussion on common policy debates like HUDs, rake, and, um… surely other things too.

Nate Silver of FiveThirtyEight.com was kind enough to provide us with a forecast for how the match might go down:

We asked a Bellagio poker dealer for their thoughts on the upcoming match:

“I honestly don’t know who is going to win, but I am certain that I am f*cking exhausted of hearing about it.”

Us too, anonymous Bellagio dealer who we certainly didn’t just make up off the top of our heads for the purpose of generating a fake quote.

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