Doug Polk Decimates Ben Sulsky in Challenge Match

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Something strange happened yesterday – something that we rarely see in the poker world; a challenge match actually came to an end!

That’s right, the 15,000-hand match between Doug “WCGrider” Polk and Ben “Sauce123” Sulsky wrapped up this week with Polk emerging as the decisive winner, taking nearly $750,000 off of Sulsky at the tables, not to mention another $100,000 from the side bet the two made prior to the match.

According to Bluff Europe, Polk not only won the match, he absolutely dominated his world-class opponent, winning every single session the two played over the course of the past few weeks.

Of course there were some lucky breaks along the way, but 15,000 hands is a fairly large sample, and it’s pretty safe to say that Polk has to be considered at or very near the top when it comes to heads-up No Limit players.

Who is Doug Polk?

Doug Polk has been a known commodity in the high-stakes online poker community for quite some time, but it’s only been in the past year or so that the mainstream poker world has started to stand up and take notice.

Polk’s first brush with notoriety happened when he was victimized by Brad Booth in the lead up to the 2012 World Series of Poker, with Booth conning the high-stakes pro out of about $30,000.

His second bout of fame began just as auspiciously but ended a bit better, when Polk’s home computer was hacked leading to the poker pro being super-used to the tune of $35,000 on PokerStars. Fortunately the story had a happy ending, as a PokerStars investigation determined Polk was in fact super-used, and his money was returned to him.

After these run-ins with the underside of the poker world, Polk went from being a virtually anonymous (but much feared) high-stakes online poker pro to one of the most talked about online players, and people started to take notice of his results. And you know you’ve made it in the poker world once people start debating if you are better than Ike Haxton or Daniel Cates.

What’s next for Polk?

With his win over Ben Sulsky, Polk has just raised his “national profile” considerably and will likely be able to parlay his new reputation into some off-the-table poker income, whether it be a sponsorship, as an in-demand poker coach, or in some other role –he’s already penned a column where he listed his choices for the 10 best online No Limit Holdem players in poker.

This is probably a very good thing, because if Polk thought it was difficult to get action before, after his systematic dismantling of Sulsky there will be even fewer players willing to sit across from him at the virtual felt.

- Steve covers nearly every angle of online poker in his job as a full-time freelance poker writer. His primary focus for OPR is the developing legal and legislative picture for regulated US online poker and gambling.
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