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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My REAL Thoughts On How Negreanu Played

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Negreanu vs Polk DEATHMATCH RESUMES!!

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Poker Night In America Season 7 Episode 9

The $25/$50/$100 NLHE cash game features Doug Polk and Phil Laak. Claim your giant welcome bonus Here. 

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Doug Polk vs Daniel Negreanu Challenge Session 11

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Doug Polk's BIGGEST Online Poker Hands!

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Doug Polk vs Daniel Negreanu Challenge Session 10

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Doug Polk vs Daniel Negreanu Challenge Session 7

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Grudge Match of the Century? Highstakes Feud? Arch rivals and sworn enemies?

Doug Polk Declines Daniel Negreanu Rematch and All Other Challenge Offers

Polk has publicly stated there will be NO rematch for Daniel Negreanu after the current Grudge Match is over

The Ultimate Breakdown of the Daniel Negreanu Vs Doug Polk Grudge Match

Today we are going to review the past two months of their heads-up battle!

Daniel Negreanu Loses Control After Another Losing Grudge Match Session

Negreanu goes on foul-mouthed rant after losing $100k to Polk

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The American is currently out of retirement to play a much publicised match against his nemesis Daniel Negreanu

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The Grudge Match of the Century between Daniel Negreanu and Doug Polk blew up in a massive row over the rules

Negreanu Reveals his Poker Room Setup for Polk Grudge Match!

Daniel Negreanu has revealed his hi-tech setup for playing the Grudge Match versus Doug Polk

Daniel Negreanu vs Doug Polk Challenge Deemed Fake by Conspiracy Theorist

A YouTube content producer who claims to be a professional gambler has called out the Polk vs Negreanu grudge match as a fake

Bill Perkins Gives Daniel Negreanu 10 to 1 Odds on his Match with Doug Polk

The long odds is an “incentive” for Kid Poker to win the highly-anticipated grudge match that kicks off this week

Daniel Negreanu Will NOT Play the Doug Polk Challenge

One question that nobody has put out there lately is will the match actually take place