Two poker pros have been having a heated battle on Twitter, and it’s now spilling onto the felt. Cate Hall and Mike Dentale have been engaged in an ugly Twitter spat which has involved Dentale calling Hall a lousy poker player among other insults. Hall on her part has responded with a challenge to a heads up game in addition some swear words directed at him.
It started off with Hall commenting on Twitter on a controversial hand played by her against Barry Hutter at the World Poker Tour Five Diamond World Poker Classic Main Event. A Twitter conversion on the matter led to an unprovoked response from Dentale who called Hall a ‘clueless player’.
The exchange escalated after that. Apart from disagreement on poker skills, Dentale and Hall are on the other ends of the political spectrum and Hall’s recent posts on the results of the U.S Presidential election had set Dentale against Hall. The war of words between the two has been ruling poker discussions on Twitter, with poker fans watching from the sidelines. One of them even pointed out that he would be interested in watching the match.
Unsurprisingly thereafter, the Twitter feud caught the attention of Matt Glantz who calls himself a promoter of all poker grudge matches. He offered to set up a match based on the availability and schedules of both players.
— Matt Glantz (@MattGlantz) December 10, 2016
After some to-and- fro over location, buy-ins and formats, Glantz set up a best of three $10,000 freezeout 25/50 cash games to settle the feud between Hall and Dentale. The match will take place at the SugarHouse Casino in Philadelphia sometime during March next year. It will be streamed live on Twitch and highlights are set to be broadcast on the TV show Poker Night in America (PNIA).
Popular commentators Doug Polk and David Tuchman will be in charge of calling the match. Tuchman is a lead commentator for WSOP live streams and Polk mans the YouTube show Poker Hands. Dentale has additionally picked up a side bet with a Twitter user who has bet $10,000 that Hall will win the heads up match.
Poker grudge matches are a popular method to settle disagreements over poker skill. Once of the first poker grudge matches to receive wide coverage is the one between Daniel Negreanu and Barry Greenstein. Greenstein took up Negreanu’s open offer for a freezeout match during his role as an ambassador for Wynn in 2005.