Player Bio – Doug Polk

Douglas K. Polk  was born December 16, 1988 and is a semi-retired professional poker player. Polk played under the alias WCGRider and specializes in heads-up No Limit hold’em.

Polk was born in Pasadena, California, and has loved strategy games ever since he was five, when his father taught him chess. His family moved from California to Raleigh, North Carolina, during his childhood. In 2007, he graduated from Wakefield High School. At the age of 15, Polk was a competitive Warcraft 3 electronic sports player competing at multiple World Cyber Games tournaments under the name T-Rider before transitioning to poker in college.

Polk is a fan of the Vegas Golden Knights.

Polk attended the University of North Carolina Wilmington, but dropped out before graduating to pursue poker full-time. He started playing $0.01/$0.02 stakes at PokerStars and ran a $20 deposit into $10,000. During this time, Polk described himself as a “breakeven rakeback pro”.

In 2011, Polk was nearly broke and decided to fully focus on the game. By 2013, he was considered one of the best online cash game players in heads-up no limit hold’em. He played fellow professional poker player Ben “Sauce123” Sulsky in a highly publicized match of 15,000 hands. Polk walked away a $740,000 winner and received an additional $100,000 bonus for winning.

Polk was vocal about Daniel Negreanu’s challenge of beating the $25/$50 stakes with two weeks of practice, criticizing him for underestimating his opponents.  In mid-2015, Doug started the poker training site Upswing Poker with longtime friend and fellow poker professional Ryan Fee.  Polk started a YouTube channel, Doug Polk Poker in 2016.

In 2015, Polk was selected to play heads-up no limit hold’em against A.I. poker bot Claudico, along with professional poker players Dong Kim, Jason Les, and Bjorn Li. Each player was set to play 20,000 hands against Claudico for a team total of 80,000 hands. The human players ended up defeating Claudico for 732,713 chips, with Polk beating the bot for 213,000. The team received a total of $100,000 for the victory.

In June of 2017 Polk won the WSOP One Drop High Roller tournament, outlasting 130 players.

As of September 2017, his total live tournament earnings exceed $9,400,000.

In September 2018, he said he will quit playing poker but continued to add videos to his YouTube channel.

On 16 March 2020, Polk uploaded a video saying he doesn’t like the game anymore and is formally quitting the poker industry after retiring from play in late 2018.

In July of 2020, Polk challenged Daniel Negreanu to a high-stakes heads-up no-limit hold’em match, and Negreanu accepted.  Since then, Polk has come out of retirement to practice for the match, and has been playing HUNL on WSOP.com.   The duel ended on 4th Feb 2021 with Polk winning approximately $1,200,000 over 25,000 hands.  He won an additional $530,000 in public side bets, with speculation that there were many more private ones.

Without including side-bets, Polk’s combined winnings from his two heads-up challenges exceed $2,000,000. Including public side-bets, they approach $2,600,000.

Doug has been on the LATB felt numerous times playing against our regular players and bringing in friend Joey Ingram.

 

Read more about Doug on his Wikipedia page

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Doug Polk v Barry Woods 10k Heads Up Match w/ Barry Commentary

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November 7, 2017 – Hand 089

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