Doug Polk
Doug Polk

Doug Polk has globally established himself as one of the most competitive players in the heads-up realm. He has a cult following on his social media handle. One can check out his YouTube channel for the breakdown of hands and learn tips and tricks on how to cop a fellow high-profile member of the poker world. The cash games legend added to his reputation by winning the Event #6: High Roller for One Drop – $111,111 No-Limit Hold’em at the 2017 WSOP. Adding a third golden bracelet, he overcame a field of 130 to tophis poker winnings by $3,686,865, . When asked by whether the third bracelet felt different from the previous two, he said , “It does feel much better. To win that much money against tough people in a world-class event, it’s way different.”

Final Day

On the final day of the event, Polk hit a rough patch and shed a series of early pots which left him to either shove or fold. Down to 13 big blinds, he shoved with . He doubled-up by flopping a ten and hold against Martin Jacobson’s A-Q. From there on Polk sported an adept strategy by staying away from absolute and stack-risking spots, outrunning Rainer Kempe and Andrew Robl.

Down to five players and the game was in contention. The clock was paused and an impromptu break followed as Haralabos Voulgaris and Doug Polk gestured the requirement of a new deck since small white marks that weren’t part of the normal design dotted many of the cards. Polk asserted that he knew all were respected players in the community and blowing the whistle on either of them was not an option. “Some I know pretty well, some I kind of know. They’re all very respectable people in the community. I don’t think anyone was cheating.”

The game resumed with Polk coming heads up with the Bertrand “ElkY” Grospellier, who had started with quarter of the chips in the final table. Polk and Grospellier duly eliminated the others and made their way to a heads-up battle for the bracelet.

The heads-up battle began with Polk hitting Grospellier’s flopped jacks and tens by queen on the river for a higher two pairs. Eventually, the game ended after six hands validating Polk as the winner and giving him his biggest score.

Final Table Results:


1 Doug Polk United States $3,686,865
2 Bertrand Grospellier France $2,278,657
3 Dario Sammartino Italy $1,608,295
4 Haralabos Voulgaris Canada $1,158,883
5 Chris Moore United States $852,885
6 Martin Jacobson Sweden $641,382
7 Rainer Kempe Gwrmany $493,089
8 Andrew Robl United States $387,732
9 Mike Kamran United States $312,006

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