Poker player Doug Polk has won the World Series of Poker (WSOP) 2014 $1k buy-in Turbo NL Hold’em tournament. A specialist in high-stakes online poker games who plays under the moniker WGCRider, Polk has won the first WSOP gold bracelet of his career, along with a prize of $251,969.
Winning and losing six-figure amounts is not a new experience for Polk as it has happened to him several times while playing high-stakes games online. Owing to his online reputation, nobody was surprised when he won his first WSOP gold bracelet in a tournament that requires great experience in short-stacked play.
After winning the championship title, Polk said, “It was still no-limit hold’em. 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 had to beat 1,473 players to win $251,969, the WSOP gold bracelet, and 960 Card Player Player of Year (POY) points. This is the fourth time Polk reached a final table in 2014. He had once finished as the runner-up and once in the third position in two $25k high roller tournaments, which the Bellagio holds every month. He had also finished in the fourth place in the Aussie Millions $100k Super High Roller tournament, winning a prize of $770,130.
As a result of his latest achievement, Polk has nabbed the 17th position on the POY leader board. His poker earnings so far are $1,252,343 and he has earned 2,010 POY points. Expressing his desire to play more live poker, he said that he wants to become Doug Polk as he is tired of playing as WGCRider. He also has long-term goals of getting a sponsor.
To win his first WSOP gold bracelet, Polk had to beat talented players such as Tony Gregg, who had become the champion of last year’s One Drop High Roller event, and Andy Philachak, who had become the runner-up of the same event. When the heads-up play became, he held the larger stack and defeating his opponent Philachack was not a difficult task for him.
The players who finished third, fourth, fifth, sixth, seventh, eighth, and ninth were Jonathan Hanner ($102,503), Chad Cox ($73,894), Liam Alcock ($54,088), Anthony Gregg ($40,168), Gianluca Cedolia ($30,252), Dash Dudley ($23,093), and Andrew Mackenzie ($17,857), respectively.