After his heads-up grudge match against Daniel Negreanu finishes, Doug Polk will quit the poker tables. In his recent tweets, the three-time World Series of Poker (WSOP) bracelet winner reiterated that he completely lost his passion for poker.
Since he doesn’t enjoy playing the game anymore, he intends to spend the rest of his time away from the felts. He also plans to travel out of Nevada for the next few months.
Poker Burnout?                                                           
Polk quashed all expectations of a rematch against Daniel Negrenau, saying he’s “way too burned out” from everything – preparing, studying, and taking part in the actual heads-up match itself. Based on his tweets, it seems like playing poker is giving Polk nothing but chronic stress, and that’s something he wants to avoid moving forward.
Maybe a new attractive opponent would convince him to return to the felts – Dan Bilzerian, Bill Perkins, and the like? No it won’t happen, according to Polk. He is no longer interested in accepting any more offers for him to engage in another heads-up match, even if it means potentially adding millions of dollars more to his poker earnings.
This could mean Polk is really keen on leaving poker for good, but this is not the first time he expressed his intention to step away from the poker tables.
2019 Retirement
Polk first announced a potential retirement from poker back in the summer of 2019, after his poor performance during the 2019 WSOP Main Event.
But prior to that, he already hinted at taking the summer off from playing poker as early as 2018, arising to speculations he could be retiring from the game. In July the following year though, he took part in the WSOP Main Event but busted.
It was then that he announced he won’t be playing again citing “anxiety”. Since then, he hadn’t been as active at the felts. Subsequently, he retired as poker content creator and deactivated his industry-leading YouTube channel.
Polk is considered one of the best in the game, specializing in heads-up no-limit hold’em. Throughout his career, he was able to amass nearly $9.5 million in live tournament earnings. Add to that his successful pursuits at the virtual tables.
Doug Polk probably feels he is past his prime as a poker pro. His last recorded final table finish took place in 2017, based on his Hendon Mob profile. During the same year, he took down the WSOP High Roller for One Drop where he won his largest score of $3,686.865. But he hadn’t achieved that much in the year that followed.
Polk Is Winning The Grudge Match
After announcing his retirement from poker in 2019, Polk had not played for over a year. That ended in 2020 when he decided to come out of retirement to face Negreanu in what would become the most-anticipated heads-up poker match in recent history.
The pair began the battle in November 2020 and have so far completed 23,306 hands out of the 25,000 hands they agreed to play.
The latest result puts Polk well ahead by $945,804, an insurmountable lead, considering that there are just less than 2000 hands remaining in the match.
While massive comebacks do happen, it’s unlikely that Negreanu would be able to reverse things. Meaning Polk is set to leave poker via a momentous victory against his long-time rival. Both have been involved in a series of nasty feuds and social media wars over the past few years.
With Polk now discounting all prospects of him engaging in a rematch against Negreanu, one can assume he’d leave the Canadian alone after their current battle. But this might not be the case.
The heads-up specialist may no longer play poker, but he’d be willing to make himself available as a “coach” for Negreanu’s future heads-up opponents.
 

TightPoker Staff

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