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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Doug Polk WSOP Main Event Day 7 Review!

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Doug Polk WSOP Main Event 2017 Day 6 Analysis

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Doug Polk WSOP 2017 VLOG - Deep Run In The Main Event?!?

It's time for day 2 of the WSOP Main Event as Doug Polk heads back to run up his stack and aim to make a deep run! Heading to the ...

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Alec Torelli Response to Doug Polk: The REAL & UNEDITED STORY (Torelli vs. Wolf - PNIA)

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Alec Torelli vs. Daniel Wolf: The Unedited Video (Poker Night in America)

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YouTuber's Private PLO Cash Game: JNandez, Doug Polk, Joeingram1 & Andrew Neeme

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Doug Polk News: Fight In Bobby's Room, Schwartz & Leon's Debt

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Doug Polk VLOG: Receiving My 3RD BRACELET

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Daniel Wolf Responds to Alec Torelli Angleshoot with Funny Rap Song

Daniel 'Clarence' Wolf released a YouTube video expressing his opinion on Alec Torelli's alleged angleshoot.

ElkY Honors Prop Bet with Doug Polk

Back in early June during the $111,111 High Roller for One Drop when Polk and ElkY were the final two players remaining, the pair made a prop bet.

Live Poker Events, 2 weeks ago

Scott Blumstein Takes the WSOP Main Event title!

Scott Blumstein won the Main Event bracelet, $8,150,000 and a place in poker history!

Torelli Releases Unedited Footage Of The Alleged Angle Shoot Incident & Fires Back At Polk

Torelli dissects everything in minute detail, apologizing for not having his chips on show, but in the process having a serious go at Doug Polk.

Deuces Cracked Up For Sale at $100K Finds No Buyers

The poker coaching website Deuces Cracked was recently placed on the market at auction with an asking price of $100,000.

Phil Ivey's Bodyguard Has Fist Fight in Bobby's Room

Well-known pro Jimmy Fricke tweeted about the incident and sparking a lot of interest in who the party on the receiving end might have been…

Doug Polk Gets Called By King High: The Problem With Streaming

Streaming poker has some major issues that were recently highlighted by an insane hero call that Doug Polk fell victim to during a $2100 SCOOP event.

From Beatings to Beasting: The Rise of Doug Polk

What a difference a decade makes! These were the words of a young Doug Polk on the 2+2 forum back in 2007.

Promos, 1 month ago

ACR's $650,000 WSOP Main Event Giveaway

ACR are promising a July treat for 50 lucky poker players, with $650k of WSOP Main Event packages up for grabs in the run-up to Independence Day on July 4th.

Doug Polk Calls Out Alec Torelli Over Poker Night In America Angleshoot

The furore over Alec Torelli’s ‘angle-shoot’ on a recent episode of Poker Night in America shows no sign of dying down.