Popular High Stakes Player Doug ‘WCGRider’ Polk Retires

Popular High Stakes Player Doug ‘WCGRider’ Polk Retires

0 comments 19 September 2018, 23:30

After an amazing career of 15 years playing poker at the highest level, 30 year old Doug Polk announced on Monday that he is retiring. The news came as a surprise to his fans, as Polk recently completed an impressive challenge, turning $100 into $10,000 playing online cash games, starting with small stakes and finishing at NL500.

The news is also saddening to his online fans: Doug has a popular YouTube channel that he launched in June 2016, which has seen rapid growth over the last 2 years. The channel currently has over 200,000 subscribers, yet its future is uncertain.

Polk did however mention that he will continue to be involved in poker, though not as a player, but as a producer. He also suggested that he will continue maintaining his poker training website, Upswing Poker.

“Poker has become boring for me”, Doug said bluntly, in a video that describes how he turned $100 into $10,000.

“I’m not saying I will never play poker again, though I am taking a break”, Doug explained, justifying his decision by saying that he hoped his enthusiasm for poker would come back after the summer holiday, which however did not happen. He isn’t excluding the possibility of returning to the game, but until then he plans on playing occasionally and mostly recreationally.

Nonetheless, if we think about how many poker players announced their retirement, only to return shortly (Fedor Holz and Vanessa Selbst come to mind), we can expect Doug to do the same, and hopefully we will be able to see him play again, even if only on occasion.

Doug has had a lot of success playing online poker, being a heads-up specialist at very high stakes. He has also won over $10 million in live tournaments, winning 3 WSOP bracelets.

Here is the video where Doug announces his retirement and discusses his bankroll challenge:

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