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’.

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Published 5 days ago

Doug Polk: 2nd Place In Poker Masters $50k For $468k!

Back 2 back final tables means Doug is in a great position to take down the first ever Purple Jacket Poker Masters this season...f...

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Doug Polk VLOG: B2B Final Tables w/$819k Up Top!

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Breaking Polker News: Negreanu Cross-books vs Everyone!

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Doug Polk Loses $300k Playing Drunk!

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Doug Polk Challenges Tom Dwan: $5Million Heads Up Match!

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Published 2 weeks ago

Poker Life Podcast With Guest Doug Polk!

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Polker News: Dwan! Bilzerian! PAD! Fedor!

Doug is back with his news show where he breaks down all of the hot topics of the month! Today includesHolz signing with PartyPoke...

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Doug Polk Breaks Down THAT Hand

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Doug Polk & His Disgust For What's Happening In Poker!

Doug Polk is back with a new video and he is mad with what he is seeing happen in the poker scene right now! Up for discussio...

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Published 3 weeks ago

Dwan vs Juanda $678k Pot!

Doug Polk breaks down a hand played between Tom Dwan and John Juanda back in the day on Full Tilt Poker! With $500/$1000 blinds an...

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Steffen Sontheimer Takes Home $1,512,000 And the Poker Masters Purple Jacket

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Negreanu’s Shock Admission: ‘I don't think I'm as good as these guys’

Daniel Negreanu has admitted he simply isn’t as good as the modern-day players he is up against, promising to work harder to get into ‘the top 20 by January 2018’.

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King of the Hill II in October to Feature Hellmuth, Busquet, Deeb and Talbot

The success of the inaugural "King of the Hill" competition in August has prompted Poker Night in America to do it all over again this October in a King of the Hill II.

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Brandon Adams Takes Down Doug Polk for $819,000 Poker Masters Win

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Bryn Kenney Scoops $960,000 at the Poker Masters Event #3

It was an amazing day at the Poker Masters yesterday, mainly due to the fact that there were no Germans at the final table!

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Nick Schulman Wins Poker Masters Event 1 $50,000 NLHE for $918,000

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Doyle Brunson Trolls Phil Hellmuth and Daniel Negreanu

Brunson's latest tweet showing that his sense of humour has remained intact since he first took to the felt more than 50 years ago.

Doug Polk Challenges Tom Dwan to Play for $5 Million Heads-Up

Doug Polk, in his recent video, issued an earnest challenge to Tom Dwan to play heads-up for $5 million.

Negreanu and Polk Twitter Feud Leads to $4million Action!

While the Twitterati audience grabbed their popcorn and wait for the inevitable escalation from snide comments into full-blown warfare – then shit got very real!

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The scale of the event was intimidating for the champion to be; only his second live tournament and used to online poker’s rather shorter running times.