Doug “WCGRider” Polk Wins WSOP Event #23, $1,000 Turbo No Limit Hold’em

Most people don’t know him by his real name Doug Polk, but if you say WCGRider you can be assured that most people that plays poker has heard of him. Doug “WCGRider” Polk won the World Series of Poker Event #23, $1,000 Turbo No Limit Hold’em, beating 1,473 opponents and taking home a gold bracelet and $251,969.

It is the first WSOP bracelet for Polk, who is most known to play the biggest heads up poker games online, but made a statement today to show the world he is also a good tournament player. Polk now have a total of five cashes at the WSOP, reaching around $350,000 in total tournament money won.

Day three went relatively fast for the players of the final table, as the tournament was a turbo format tournament. Players were forced to take more chances, play more pots and thus increase the chances of busting out or busting someone else out. After a few hours of play we reached the final hand of the day, which was between Polk and Andy Philachack.

After 109 hands of play at the final table, Polk raises to 120,000 with blinds being 30,000/60,000 and ante 10,000. Philachack calls. Flop comes  and both players check. Turn is a  and Polk bets 155,000 into the pot, Philachack min raises to 310,000 and Polk calls. River shows  and Philachack moves all-in and gets a call from Polk who shows  for a straight, while a disappointed Philachack shows  for trips.

Philachack received $155,756 for his second place finish and will probably be thinking about this hand for a while. You can see the rest of the final table payouts below:

  1. Doug Polk – $251,969
  2. Andy Philachack – $155,756
  3. Jonathan Hanner – $102,503
  4. Chad Cox – $73,894
  5. Liam Alcock – $54,088
  6. Tony Gregg – $40,168
  7. Gianluca Cedolia – $30,252
  8. Dash Dudley – $23,093
  9. Andrew Mackenzie – $17,857

Photo Courtesy: Pokernews / Jayne Furman

Daniel Allermand

Daniel Allermand is a freelance writer, with more than 4 years of experience in the industry as an operator, affiliate and poker player. Daniel has decided it was time to try and bring more coverage about the industry to the general public by writing articles about everything from poker to casino.  

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