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Doug Polk Wins 2014 World Series of Poker $1,000 Turbo No-Limit Hold'em Event

High Stakes Online Cash Game Specialist 'WGCRider' Wins First Gold Bracelet For $251,969


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Doug Polk has won or lost six-figures at a time in countless high stakes online cash game session, playing deep-stacked and short-handed with best in the world behind the screen name “WGCRider.”

Because of his particular background was a little surprising that he won his first World Series of Poker gold bracelet in the $1,000 no-limit hold’em turbo event, which mostly demanded experience in short-stack shoving and calling due to fast-paced structure.

“It was still no-limit hold’em,” said Polk after his win. “You still get two cards and make decisions against people’s ranges. It was cool that I got to win something that maybe wasn’t my forte, but this is a very luck based tournament and I fortunate for how I ran throughout the duration of this event.”

Polk topped a field of 1,473 players to win the bracelet, the first-place prize of $251,969 and 960 Card Player Player of the Year points. This was Polk’s fourth final table of 2014, with runner-up and third-place finishes in the monthly $25,000 high roller events at the Bellagio and a fourth-place finish in the Aussie Millions $100,000 super high roller for $770,130. As a result Polk now sits in 17th place in the Player of the Year race, with 2,010 points and year-to-date earnings of $1,252,343. Polk’s live success this year fits in perfectly with his plans for the future.

Andy Philachack“I’m tired of being ‘WGCRider’. I want to be Doug Polk. I want to get out there and try to establish myself in poker,” said Polk. “My goals long term are to get a sponsor and to work with other people in the industry, and I need to not be ‘hiding behind a computer screen’ to do that.”

Polk topped a tough final table on the way to his first WSOP title, outlasting the likes of 2013 One Drop High Roller champion Tony Gregg (5th – 40,168) and eventual runner-up Andy Philachack (2nd – $155,756).

Polk held a roughly 3-to-2 chip advantage at the beginning of heads-up play, but was quickly able to grind Philachack down. Philachack was able to double up to roughly even stacks when his ADiamond Suit3Diamond Suit beat Polk’s pocket jacks all-in preflop, but Polk quickly took control again.

On the final hand Polk raised to 120,000 and Philachack defended from the big blind. The flop brought the 10Spade Suit8Diamond Suit3Spade Suit and both checked. The 3Diamond Suit hit the felt on the turn. Philachack checked and Polk fired 155,000. Philachack clicked it back, raising to 310,000. Polk called and the JSpade Suit hit the river. Philachack quickly moved all-in and Polk snap-called with the 9Heart Suit7Diamond Suit for the rivered straight, which beat Philachack’s 5Heart Suit3Heart Suit. With that Polk secured the pot and the title and sent Philachack to the rail as the runner-up.

Here is a look at the payouts and POY points awarded at this final table:

Place Player Earnings (USD) POY Points
1 Doug Polk $251,969 960
2 Phounsavath “Andy” Philachack $155,756 800
3 Jonathan Hanner $102,503 640
4 Chad Cox $73,894 480
5 Liam Alcock $54,088 400
6 Anthony Gregg $40,168 320
7 Gianluca Cedolia $30,252 240
8 Dash Dudley $23,093 160
9 Andrew Mackenzie $17,857 80

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