Doug Polk Triumphs at 2017 WSOP $111,111 One Drop EventJune 6, 2017 11:48 am
Since 2011, Doug Polk has been considered one of the best No Limit Hold’em players in the world, and during his frequent live-streaming sessions thousands of fans tune in to watch the popular social media star in action. Highlighting his ability at the format, Polk picked up his first WSOP bracelet after taking down the 2014 WSOP $1,000 Turbo No Limit Hold’em event for $251,969, before in 2016 doing likewise at the $1,000 Tag Team No Limit Hold’em event for $153,358.
This week, however, the 28 year-old has reached a new career height after winning a third gold bracelet, not to mention his biggest score to date, following a winning performance at the $111,111 High Roller for One Drop No Limit Hold’em event for a whopping $3,686,865 payday. The victory now pushes his lifetime earnings to $8,841,633, and commenting on how his latest triumph compares to his past WSOP bracelets, stated:
“It does feel much better. To win that much money against tough people in a world-class event, it’s way different.”
A total of 130 competitors had entered Event #6: $ 111,111 No Limit Hold’em – High Roller for One Drop, to create a prize pool worth $13,722,150, and amongst the 20 players seeing a return on their huge buy-ins was Daniel Colman in 16th ($187,772), Scott Seiver in 14th ($216,999), Antonio Esfandiari in 11th ($257,072), and Phil Hellmuth Jr in 10th ($312,006).
Polk subsequently entered the final table of eight in 6th spot, with Bertrand Grospellier was out in front with a commanding lead, but eventually the two pros would face-off against each other in the heads-up phase of the tournament.
At this stage, Polk had managed to secure a 4-to-3 chip lead over his remaining opponent, and after reducing the size of Grospellier’s stack further, the deciding hand was played with Polk going all-in preflop holding Q-5, and the Frenchman making the call with A-8. The Q-10-6-5-7 board which ensued then sealed the deal, and so Grospellier collected $2,278,657 for his runner-up finish, while Doug Polk was crowned the WSOP High Roller for One Drop champion. Commenting on what the victory means to him, Polk explained:
“I think most of my goals in poker are trying to build my name in the game. 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.”
Final Table Results:
1: Doug Polk $3,686,865
2: Bertrand Grospellier $2,278,657
3: Dario Sammartino $1,608,295
4: Haralabos Voulgaris $1,158,883
5: Chris Moore $852,885
6: Martin Jacobson $641,382
7: Rainer Kempe $493,089
8: Andrew Robl $387,732