Doug Polk

Californian Polk, born at the end of 1988 in Pasadena, has not only become one of the world’s best players, but also a leading light in the poker vlogging and training worlds.

Californian Polk, born at the end of 1988 in Pasadena, has not only become one of the world’s best players, but also a leading light in the poker vlogging and training worlds.

He started out as an eSports player before poker took over his life while at college, where he gave up his degree to concentrate on poker full-time after running up an initial $20 deposit into more than $10K.

Within a few years he had become a specialist in heads-up NLHE and challenged the king of heads-up, Ben ‘Sauce123’ Sulsky to a series of matches totalling more than 15,000 hands in the autumn of 2013, at the end of which Polk was up a staggering $740,000. This also entitled him to the $100,000 side-stake for winning.

His online game was honed as part of the self-styled ‘Evil Empire’ crew alongside fellow high-stakes players Ryan Fee and Jason Mo, with Donger Kim and Jason Les as close associates, the crew sharing ideas and strategies to conquer the world of poker.

Although primarily noted for his online mastery under the name ‘WCGRider’, Polk’s live tournament winnings also stand at over $5million, and in 2015 he started up the training site Upswing Poker along with close friend Ryan Fee.

He was also part of the 4-man team to face the AI poker program Claudico in the first of several challenge matches, emerging as the biggest winner – although more recently a superior version of Claudico gained its revenge, Polk not being part of the losing team on that occasion.

Around the same time, Polk decided to start streaming and vlogging – and his intro ‘What’s up guys, Doug Polk here’ has become synonymous with excellent hand analysis and rather controversial views on fellow pros and events in the poker world’.

Polk’s outspokenness on certain subjects has led to many calling him arrogant, but he has developed a huge following in spite of, or perhaps because of, very public disagreements with the likes of Daniel Negreanu, Jason Mercier and others.

His beef with Negreanu started when Daniel claimed he could beat the $25/50 NLHE stakes with only 2 weeks of practice, which Polk described as “naïve”, whereas in Mercier’s case the falling out centred around Polk having him tagged as a ‘bad reg’ in his online tournament notes.

More recently he came under fire from English pro Luke Schwartz, who claimed among other things that Polk is a losing player online and therefore his training courses on Upswing Poker are a ‘scam’.

Read More
1 day ago64BDJB,

Published 1 day ago

Adelstein Can't BELIEVE This Check-Raise!

Doug Polk gets in the chair and analyses a big hand from the 'Live at the Bike' high stakes cash game between Art Papazyan and Gar...

2 weeks ago481BDJB,

Published 2 weeks ago

Should Dan Colman Fold POCKET ACES?

In this hand from the 2016 Super High Roller cash game, Dan Colman has pocket aces against Scott Seiver, and the pot soon gets blo...

4 weeks ago380BDJB,

Published 4 weeks ago

Doug Polk - How to Improve at Poker RIGHT NOW

Doug Polk is back with another poker strategy video, this time talking about how to work on your game, and different things you ca...

1 month ago505BDJB,

Published 1 month ago

Doug Polk - The #1 Mistake Poker Players Make

What's the difference between a big play and great play? The difference is the #1 biggest mistake poker players make, according to...

1 month ago325BDJB,

Published 1 month ago

Brad Owen and the Poker Cat Rap Song!!

This is the music video of the "Poker Cat" rap song by Brad Owen's cat Cosmo!! Make sure you stay tuned until the end for some ver...

1 month ago260BDJB,

Published 1 month ago

Mike Dentale Vs Cate Hall GRUDGE MATCH - Part 2

The conflict between Cate Hall and Mike Dentale continues from the SugarHouse Casino as the pair continue to settle their greivanc...

1 month ago369BDJB,

Published 1 month ago

Live at the Bike - Poker Players FIGHT Over $100,000!

It's the Live at the Bike live cash game, with one of the biggest pots of the week, and Matt Berkey faces a tough river decision a...

1 month ago128BDJB,

Published 1 month ago

Doug Polk - Getting Some Things Off my Chest

Doug Polk lets it all out in this personal and up front podcast, talking about different things that have been on his mind about h...

1 month ago306BDJB,

Published 1 month ago

How to Win MILLIONS Playing NLHE

Upswing Poker's newest coach Andres "Educa-Poker" Artinano joins Doug Polk to talk about a number of things in the poker world, in...

2 months ago331BDJB,

Published 2 months ago

Who is the BEST Cash Game Player?

Online poker crusher Andres 'educa-p0ker' Artinano joins Doug Polk for a power rankings updates as Andres gives us his thoughts as...

Online Poker , 4 days ago

Patrick Leonard Persuades PartyPoker to Remove Bounty Rake

A 40% to 60% reduction for bounty MTTs, depending on the buy-in level.

Vanessa Selbst Is Having a Baby!!!

It seems Selbst’s winning at life posting on Twitter a photograph of an ultrasound along with the cards against humanity hand

Daniel Negreanu Breaks Doug Polks Heart After Twitter Block!!!

When Negreanu blocked Polk from Twitter last week, the great love affair between two of the game’s brightest lights ended acrimoniously.

Alex Goulder Outs Chino Rheem As He Pulls Yet Another Scam!!!

David “Chino” Rheem has allegedly been up to his old tricks, English pro Alex Goulder taking to Twitter to accuse the Californian of scamming his backers.

Daniel Negreanu Blocks Doug Polk & Releases his $2Million WSOP Schedule!

Negreanu’s posted his schedule for the Summer, a massive mix of high stakes WSOP events of all shapes and sizes.

Gus Hansen - The New Instagram King!

The legendary Great Dane Gus Hansen seems to believe that pictures are worth a thousand words… Instagram his weapon of choice!

Daniel Negreanu Needs to Shut Up About PokerStars Rake Changes

If Daniel Negreanu thought he was going to have a lovely day promoting a new and exciting product, then he was sadly mistaken.

Joe Ingram Shuts Alec Torelli Down Over ‘Editing Lies’

They got their controversy, unfortunately we're not sure “unprofessional, sordid and infantile” was the kind of controversy they were hoping for.

Live Poker Events, 3 weeks ago

Angle Shooter Alec Torelli Does It Again?

Live at the Bike show decided to invite back a controversial figure on their stream - Alec Torelli who’s still haunted by his alleged angle shooting case.

The Staples Brothers Win Incredible $150k Prop Bet Against Bill Perkins

Jaime and Matty Staples, the poker-playing brothers, have won their incredible $150,000 prop bet challenge against billionaire amateur Bill Perkins.