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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Aussie Millions 2014: High Stakes Cash - Ep4

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Doug Polk Barreling in a Big Pot Against Paul Phua

Phua and Polk involved in a big pot during Aussie Millions Cash Game

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Aussie Millions Cash Game: Antonius and Polk in a Huge Pot

Big river decision for Patrik Antonius

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Man vs Machine - BBC Report on Claudico vs Best HU Players

Claudico against the best heads-up players in the world

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Brains vs AI - Polk and Dr. Sandholm Audience Q&A

Doug Polk and Dr. Tuomas Sandholm answering questions of the audience after completed match with the No Limit Hold'em bot Claudico

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The Most Common Poker Mistakes

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Big One For One Drop - Kaplan Schools Young Poker Pro

Poker Personality and TV host Gabe Kaplan schools young crusher Doug Polk during the $1million buy-in WSOP Big One For One Drop

Dan Bilzerian Claims He’s a Better Poker Player than Doug Polk

The mega-rich playboy told Veronica Brill that the scoreboard in poker is your bankroll, and he’s miles ahead

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Archenemies Doug Polk and Luke Schwartz re-ignited their long-standing feud

Scott Margereson and Doug Polk Make Two of the Greatest Folds in Recent Poker History

These beauties seen below, and we’re sure you will agree, are two of the best laydowns we’ve ever seen

3-Year Old Video Shows Phil Hellmuth’s Rock Paper Scissors Mind Game vs Doug Polk

Nothing is straightforward when it comes to poker players and prop bets

Doyle Brunson Blocks Doug Polk and Matt Glantz on Twitter

Many have done so before him, but Doyle Brunson became one of the most high-profile poker pros to block Doug Polk on Twitter

Doug Polk Leaves Las Vegas After Achieving Poker's Ultimate Dream

He came, he saw, he conquered… and now it’s time for Doug Polk to leave Las Vegas for pastures new

Mike Matusow Claims Scott Ball Cheated Phil Hellmuth's Private Game Out Of $800K

Among the serious allegations are that Ball gambled away more than $1million of investors money, and also cheated Phil Nagy for $270,000

Best Bluffs From The Daniel Negreanu Vs Doug Polk Grudge Match

If you don’t bluff enough you will simply get steamrolled by any competent opponent

Daniel Negreanu and Doug Polk Study Together

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