06/05/17 10:45:42 PM PST
Doug Polk Wins High Roller for One Drop
Doug Polk tells Melissa what its like to win his third bracelet and over 3.6 million dollars.
06/05/17 10:09:58 PM PST
Doug Polk Wins High Roller for One Drop ($3,686,865)
Doug Polk reached the pinnacle of the poker cash game world as "WCGRider" online, where he conquered countless comers in the heads-up realm to become one of the most feared players in the world. Now, he's reached the top of the tournament game as well after winning Event #6: High Roller for One Drop - $111,111 No-Limit Hold'em at the 2017 World Series of Poker.
After besting the 130-player field, Polk claimed $3,686,865 in prize money for winning the prestigious event, along with his third gold bracelet. He admitted the previous two — one in a 2014 turbo event and one in last year's tag team event — simply don't compare to this one.
"I'll say it for you: a real one," he said when asked if this bracelet felt different than the other two. "It does feel much better. To win that much money against tough people in a world-class event, it's way different."
Coming into the final day of the event, Polk hit the skids right away as he dropped a series of early pots. He was soon in shove-or-fold mode and shove he did with ten-nine of hearts when down to his last 13 big blinds. He doubled through Martin Jacobson, who called him with ace-queen only to see the cash game legend flop a ten and hold against 10 outs on the turn.
"You realize, most of the time, I'm going home," he said of the spot. "But, I had a chance, and the cards fell the right way."
Polk built back up from there, outlasting the likes of Jacobson, Rainer Kempe and Andrew Robl. Stacks were relatively shallow for much of the final table, but Polk mostly stayed out of decisive, stack-risking spots, although he did pull off a notable semi-bluff shove with the nut flush draw that induced a tank-fold from Jacobson, who had top pair.
With five players left, the tournament hit a snag as the players noticed an issue with the cards. The clock was paused and an impromptu break followed as the players, mainly Haralabos Voulgaris and Polk, showed the tournament staff that a new deck was needed. Apparently, small white marks that weren't part of the normal design dotted many of the cards.
Polk was quick to deflect any blame from his fellow players.
"I know all of these guys," he said. "Some I know pretty well, some I kind of know. They're all very respectable people in the community. I don't think anyone was cheating."
After play resumed, Chris Moore, Voulgaris, and Dario Sammartino fell in quick succession, leaving Polk heads up with long-time chip leader Bertrand "ElkY" Grospellier, who had taken a quarter of the chips into the final table.
Polk won a bit pot right away when he outdrew Grospellier's flopped jacks and tens by hitting a queen on the river for higher two pair, queens and jacks. Six hands later, it was all over, and Polk had his biggest tournament score yet, along with fading a major hairstyle change.
The two had made a little side bet, so there was more than just a $1.4 million prize difference at stake. Somebody was going to take on the other's distinct hairstyle. If Polk lost, he'd be dying his hair Grospellier's bleach-blond. But since he won...
"I guess we're gonna see ElkY with a faux-hawk," he said with a laugh.
Along with being a major feather in Polk's cap, the win will only serve to elevate his platform and help his evolving brand. Polk has spent the past couple of years building up a strong social media and YouTube following, producing videos where he's done everything from break down hands to bust on fellow high-profile members of the poker community.
Having ascended to the top of the tournament game after making his name as a legend in cash games, it would seem becoming the most recognizable star in poker might be the only mountain left for Polk to conquer.
"I think most of my goals in poker are trying to build my name in the game," he said. "The balance is tough. Every day, I wake up, I love what I do. I love getting to work, trying to achieve something. I work really hard to one day achieve big goals."
If his performance so far is any indication, he won't have much of a problem continuing to do so.
Event #6 Final Table Results
|Place||Player Name||Country||Prize (USD)|
|1||Doug Polk||United States||$3,686,865|
|5||Chris Moore||United States||$852,885|
|8||Andrew Robl||United States||$387,732|
|9||Mike Kamran||United States||$312,006|06/05/17 09:14:04 PM PST
Bertrand Grospellier Eliminated in 2nd Place ($2,278,657)
Hand #142: Doug Polk raised all in from the button, and Bertrand Grospellier called all in from the big blind for about 6,700,000 with , leading Polk's .
Polk didn't trail for long, though, as the flop came down to give him the lead with a pair of queens. The turn sealed it for Polk with two pair, rendering the river moot.
Grospellier finished as the runner-up for $2,278,657, while Polk won the High Roller for One Drop for $3,686,865.
|Bertrand Grospellier||0||-10,150,000 |06/05/17 09:08:39 PM PST
Hands #137-141: Polk Closing In
Hand #137: Doug Polk received a walk.
Hand #138: Polk limped his button, and Bertrand Grospellier checked his option.
The flop fell , and Grospellier check-folded to a bet of 800,000 from Polk.
Hand #139: Bertrand Grospellier limped his button, Doug Polk shoved from the big blind, and Grospellier folded.
Hand #140: Doug Polk raised all in from the button, and Bertrand Grospellier folded.
Hand #141: Doug Polk received a walk.
06/05/17 09:02:48 PM PST
Hand #136: Two Pair vs. Two Pair
Hand #136: Doug Polk raised to 1,900,000, and Bertrand Grospellier called.
Polk bet 2,050,000 on the flop. and Grospellier fired in a check-raise to 6,225,000. Polk called, seeing the fall on the turn. Grospellier bet 8,800,000. Polk put in enough to call. The river was the , and "ElkY" slowed down with a check. Polk checked back.
Grospellier turned over , but his flopped two pair had been outdrawn on the river as Polk hit queens up with .
|Doug Polk||55,000,000||17,000,000 |
|Bertrand Grospellier||10,150,000||-17,000,000 |06/05/17 08:57:28 PM PST
Level 27 started
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Dario Sammartino Eliminated in 3rd Place ($1,608,295)
Hand #135: Dario Sammartino raised all in from the button for about 3,800,000, and Doug Polk called from the big blind.
The board came down , no help to Sammartino, ending his run and leaving Polk heads up with Bertrand Grospellier.
|Doug Polk||38,000,000||4,000,000 |
|Bertrand Grospellier||27,150,000||4,150,000 |
|Dario Sammartino||0||-3,900,000 |06/05/17 08:49:38 PM PST
Hands #133-134: Sammartino Getting Short
Hand #133: Doug Polk raised all in from the small blind, and Dario Sammartino folded his big blind.
Hand #134: Bertrand Grospellier received a walk in the big blind.
|Dario Sammartino||3,900,000||-2,500,000 |06/05/17 08:45:53 PM PST
Haralabos Voulgaris Eliminated in 4th Place ($1,158,883)
Hand #132: Haralabos Voulgaris shoved all in first to act. Doug Polk peeked at his holding in the small blind.
"Well, I'm unfortunately going to have to call you with the aces," Polk said with a slight smile.
The board ran out , and Voulgaris took his leave in fourth while Polk is up to about 33,000,000.
06/05/17 08:44:24 PM PST
Sammartino Doubles Through Grospellier
Hand #131: Dario Sammartino raised all in for about 3,000,000 from the small blind, and Bertrand Grospellier called from the big blind.
The board came down , giving Sammartino a flush to double up.
|Bertrand Grospellier||23,000,000||-3,000,000 |
|Dario Sammartino||6,400,000||3,400,000 |06/05/17 08:42:06 PM PST
Hands #127-130: Voulgaris Doubles Through Sammartino
Hand #127: Dario Sammartino and Bertrand Grospellier saw a flop for the minimum in the blinds. Sammartino check-called a bet on the flop and then saw the turn. Sammartino checked again and saw "ElkY" fire 2,200,000. This time, Sammartino mucked.
Hand #128: Grospellier made it 1,350,000 in the small blind. Doug Polk mucked in the big.
Hand #129: Grospellier raised to 1,300,000 on the button and took it down.
Hand #130: Haralabos Voulgaris shoved all in from the small blind. Sammartino called all in from the big for roughly 6,000,000 to put Voulgaris at risk..
The flop, turn, and river came , giving "Haralabob" sixes for the win, much to Sammartino's chagrin.
|Haralabos Voulgaris||12,500,000||6,600,000 |
|Dario Sammartino||3,000,000||-7,000,000 |06/05/17 08:34:27 PM PST
Hands #122-126: Polk Doubles Through Sammartino
Hand #122: Haralabos Voulgaris raised all in for about 5,800,000 from the small blind, and Dario Sammartino folded his big blind.
Hand #123: Haralabos Voulgaris raised all in from the button for about 6,700,000, and both blinds released.
Hand #124: Bertrand Grospellier limped from the small blind, Doug Polk raised all in from the big blind, and Grospellier folded.
Hand #125: Bertrand Grospellier raised to about 10,000,000 from the button, and both blinds folded.
Hand #126: Doug Polk raised all in from the button for about 10,300,000, and Dario Sammartino called from the big blind.
The board came down , no help to Sammartino, locking up the double for Polk.
|Doug Polk||21,300,000||10,625,000 |
|Dario Sammartino||10,000,000||-11,025,000 |06/05/17 08:25:52 PM PST
Hands #117-121: ElkY Turns the Nuts
Hand #117: Dario Sammartino opened for 1,250,000 first to act, and Haralabos Voulgaris defended his big blind.
The board was on the turn when Voulgaris bet 1,150,000. Sammartino mucked his hand.
Hand #118: Doug Polk moved all in from the button. He took down the pot.
Hand #119: Voulgaris raised on the button, and Bertrand Grospellier called. With the board reading , Grospellier bet 1,625,000, and Voulgaris called. The river was a . It sounded like Grospellier's wager was 2,335,000. Voulgaris paid it off and mucked to .
Hand #120: From the button, Sammartino raised to 1,225,000, and Polk defended his big blind. Sammartino bet 900,000 on the flop and won the pot.
Hand #121: It was Grospellier's turn to raise on the button, and both blinds mucked.
|Bertrand Grospellier||26,000,000||6,000,000 |
|Haralabos Voulgaris||5,900,000||-6,150,000 |06/05/17 08:17:04 PM PST
Chris Moore Eliminated in 5th Place ($852,885)
Chris Moore raised all in from the cutoff for about 9,000,000, and Bertrand Grospellier isolated the pot with a shove of his own from the small blind for just a little bit more.
The flop fell , keeping Moore ahead with his deuces. The turn changed nothing, but the river fell to give Grospellier a pair of aces and eliminate Moore in fifth place.
|Bertrand Grospellier||20,000,000||9,225,000 |
|Chris Moore||0||-10,625,000 |06/05/17 08:13:37 PM PST
Hands #114-115: Sammartino Shoves on Moore
Hand #114: Chris Moore raised from the small blind, Dario Sammartino reraised all in from the big blind with the bigger stack, and Moore folded.
Hand #115: Doug Polk raised all in from under the gun for about 10,500,000 and received no action.
06/05/17 08:07:54 PM PST
Back in Action
Players are again seated and playing.
06/05/17 07:29:03 PM PST
|Dario Sammartino||21,025,000||1,525,000 |
|Haralabos Voulgaris||12,050,000||50,000 |
|Bertrand Grospellier||10,775,000||-425,000 |
|Doug Polk||10,675,000||-825,000 |
|Chris Moore||10,625,000||1,125,000 |06/05/17 07:24:53 PM PST
Hands #107-113: Decks Under Scrutiny
Hand #107: Chris Moore raised to 1,400,000 first to act. Haralabos Voulgaris shoved all in for 10,250,000. Moore took about two minutes to think before letting his hand go.
Hand #108: Voulgaris shoved again, this time small blind against big blind, and Moore again conceded the pot.
Hand #109: Moore completed the blind, and Dario Sammartino checked. Moore came out with 600,000 on the flop. Sammartino released.
Hand #110: Sammartino made it 1,550,000 in the small blind. Bertrand Grospellier surrendered his big blind.
Hand #111: Grospellier completed the blind but folded instantly to a shove from Doug Polk.
Hand #112: Moore raised to 1,400,000 under the gun. Nobody else came into the pot.
Hand #113: Grospellier opened for 1,225,000 in the cutoff. He won the pot.
During the last couple of hands, some of the players, especially Voulgaris, raised objections about the cards. The WSOP's Jack Effel examined them and he has called for some replacement decks to be delivered.
The clock has been paused at 40:14.
06/05/17 07:05:37 PM PST
Level 26 started
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Hands #104-106: End of Level
Hand #104: Chris Moore completed the blind. Dario Sammartino checked and won with a postflop bet out of the big blind.
Hand #105: Moore made it 1,200,000 on the button. He took down the blinds and antes.
Hand #106: Sammartino raised it up on the button, and Bertrand Grospellier three-bet to 3,200,000 in the small blind. Sammartino shoved, and "ElkY" folded instantly.