“When you look at my tournament record, I tend to have a disproportionate amount of 1st places next to other final table placements.”
That was Doug Polk yesterday, before making the $111,111 High Roller for One Drop final table and he wasn’t wrong. Throughout his career, Polk has solidified himself as a closer, with two of his career victories earning WSOP bracelets in 2014 and 2016. Quotes and past performances aside though, the entire High Roller for One Drop final table have closed out their fair share of tournaments.
There was Martin Jacobson, who won the 2014 WSOP Main Event, Bertrand “ElkY” Grospellier, who entered the final table with a massive chip lead and has EPT, WSOP and WPT victories on his resume, and Rainer Kempe, who won last year’s Super High Roller Bowl. The rest of the final table was anything but easy and that is what made Polk’s victory more impressive and more meaningful.
“I’ll say it for you – a real one,” Polk said when asked how the High Roller for One Drop bracelet differed from his last two victories, which came in Turbo and Tag Team events at the WSOP. He added, “It does feel much better, to win that much money against tough people in a world-class event, it is way different.”
Poker success aside, Polk’s life is also way different than it was when he first broke through at the WSOP in 2014. Over the last year, Polk has quickly become one of the biggest names in poker and that standing was confirmed throughout the High Roller for One Drop. Polk’s support came from nearly every corner of the poker world, including his good friends, Ryan Fee, who he won his Tag Team bracelet with last year, Jason Mo and Jason Les but there was also plenty of support from the Upswing Army.
They followed their five-star general into battle and by night’s end, Polk was victorious, claiming the title, his third bracelet and a massive $3,686,865 score.
“This is really a special thing. I’ve never won this much money in a day before and I’ve never won such a prestigious event before.” Polk said, before summing up his emotions by saying, “This is probably going to be one of the best moments of my life.”
While the High Roller for One Drop title is certainly something to celebrate, Polk likely isn’t stopping there. Through his various social media channels and Upswing Poker training site, Polk has elevated himself to the upper echelons of poker popularity and he is hoping that his most recent WSOP victory only continues to build his brand.
“I think most of my goals in poker are trying to build my name in the game.” Polk said when asked how the win plays into his day job of being the biggest content creator in poker. “Every day, I wake up, I love what I do. I love getting to work, trying to achieve something. I really work hard to one day achieve big goals.”
It is hard to imagine bigger goals than winning the biggest event at the World Series of Poker but when you talk to Polk about poker, his new fan base and what the future holds, it is also hard to ever imagine him satisfied. Tonight, he is but tomorrow, he’ll be back in the lab and then he’ll return to the PokerGO stream for the $10,000 Heads Up Championship.
That concludes Poker Central’s coverage of the $111,111 High Roller for One Drop. Relive all the action with PokerGO’s on-demand library of events replays and get back in the game on Wednesday, when the $10,000 Heads Up Championship stream begins at 3:30 PM PT.