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High-Stakes Poker: Doug Polk Wants To Play Tom Dwan Heads-Up For $5 Million

Match Would Be One Of The Most Anticipated In History


Could two heads-up no-limit hold’em greats sit down across from one another in one of the most expensive matches ever?

High-stakes poker pro Doug Polk said on his YouTube channel Tuesday that he wants to play Tom “durrr” Dwan in a live heads-up contest for $5 million. Just weeks ago, Dwan made his long-awaited return to cash games in the U.S. with an appearance on the rebooted “Poker After Dark” TV program. Dwan was one of the stars of the show back in its heyday, before Black Friday ended its run.

Dwan apparently has been a mainstay in nosebleed games in Asia over the past several years, the rumored reason why he hasn’t really bothered with games in the U.S.

“On a serious note, Tom let me know if you want to play,” Polk said at the end of his vlog post that was mostly trolling his high-stakes peer. However, the challenge was real.

It wouldn’t appear likely that Dwan accepts, even though rumors say he has played single pots in Asia worth as much as $30 million. Polk has become one of the game’s most feared heads-up players, even competing and winning against a world-class poker bot back in 2015.

Polk’s challenge comes despite him publicly calling out Dwan back in March for alleged gambling debts. Before that call-out, Dan “jungleman” Cates told Card Player that Dwan “gambled beyond his means.” Cates has been pressing Dwan to resume their long dormant “Durrrr Challenge” that would award Cates $1.5 million from a side bet (assuming Dwan didn’t come back and beat him). According to Polk, Cates was “scammed” by Dwan. Cates said last month that Dwan has paid him more than half-a-million dollars in penalties, however.

Polk can afford such a pricey match, as he recently won the the 2017 $111,111 buy-in High Roller for One Drop to secure his third WSOP title and the top prize of $3,686,865.