Doug “WCG|Rider” Polk is one of the most renowned online poker players in the game. For years he’s battled at the high-stakes cash games, while also finding time to win a World Series of Poker gold bracelet and win the PokerStars Mountain Series $700 Kilimanjaro for $162,952. However, the one thing missing from his impressive résumé was a “COOP” title.
That all changed this past weekend when he navigated a tough final table and dispatched Oliver “sk2ll_m0dR” Wies in heads-up play to win SCOOP-43-H: $2,100 NL Hold’em [1R1A] for $115,000.
“I’ve actually never won any COOP before, but the main reason is I never really play them,” Polk said while attending Jason Somerville’s Run It Up Reno!. “Most of the time when it comes to tournament it’s such a grind. Because I was playing on Twitch, I got in basically every single tournament, grinded them every day. I was just lucky I managed to take one down.”
What’s more, Polk did it while streaming to thousands of viewers on Twitch!
“People were going nuts,” Polk said of his stream. “First off, you have to turn on subscribers-only chat. It was a really cool final table because at one point with seven people left I was the shortest. It was getting ropey at the final table, but once it got down to heads up I really felt I had a really good chance to win because that’s the format I play. Everyone was just loving it.”
The tournament featured a $250K guarantee, but thanks to 151 entrants that accounted for 42 rebuys and 57 add-ons, that was doubled as a $500,000 prize pool was distributed to the top 18 players.
The defending champ, Ankush “pistons87” Mandavia busted in 98th place, while poker pro David “dpeters17” Peters had the unfortunate distinction of bubbling the final table in 19th place. From there nine players hit the rail before the final table of nine was established. Among those to fall were Oliver “ollie_p” Price (18th – $10,250), Justin “ZeeJustin” Bonomo (15th – $10,750), Ronny “1-ronnyr3” Kaiser (14th – $10,750), and Darren Elias (13th – $10,750).
Here’s how things stacked up at the start of the final table:
Pavel “3P3NIPA” Plesuv – 609,105
James “Andy McLEOD” Obst – 440,407
Doug “WCG|Rider” Polk – 419,274
Sergio “zcedrick” Aido – 363,075
Miguel “Gandalf MR” Riera – 177,923
Justin “birddy420” Ouimette – 175,756
Oliver “sk2ll_m0dR” Wies – 159,042
Alexander “EvnomiYa” Mordvinov – 81,805
Sami “lrslzk” Kelopuro – 73,613
In the final hand of the tournament, which took place in the 10,000/20,000/2,500 level, Weis (1,181,344) raised to 50,000 holding the 10♠6♣ on the button and Polk (1,318,656) defended the big blind with the J♠7♠. Both players checked the J♣9♥J♥ flop, and then Polk led out for 140,000 on the 10♦ turn.
Weis called, the 6♠ completed the board on the river, and Polk bet 525,000. Weis responded by moving all in for 988,844 total, and Polk took to the chat.
“Lol, I’m never good [here] but will still call,” he said before doing just that. Polk was wrong as his trips was in fact the best hand, which sent Weis to the rail in second place with an $80,000 consolation prize.
“The most notable hand was the final table of the tournament,” explained Polk, who played SCOOP from Vancouver. “I over-bet the river for value and he jammed. I even said it in the chat that I was calling but l was never good. Emotionally, I felt I’m never going to win, but luckily for me I don’t really use that side of my brain to make decisions. I just go with a more pure math style. If you’re to over-bet and fold trips to a min-raise, you’re going to get owned. I want to give that guy props, he went for it. It was a pretty crazy hand, but really exciting to win that.”
“BOOM, won the 2k cubed,” Polk tweeted after the win before staying on his grind while streaming his action from SCOOP-49-H: $21,000 NL Hold’em [Heads-Up, High-Roller], $400K Guaranteed.
“That’s not an event I can skip. I have to play that. I was playing the final table while playing the $21k. I was like two tabling. I actually won both matches. What sucked in the heads up is I had to play “Donger Kim” in the second round. He is a student of mine, one of my best friends, but luckily I let him know who the coach was.”
SCOOP-43-H: $2,100 NL Hold’em [1R1A], $250K Guaranteed
Entrants: 151 (42 rebuys, 57 add-ons)
Prize Pool: $500,000
Place Paid: 18
1st – Doug “WCG|Rider” Polk (Australia) $115,000
2nd – Oliver “sk2ll_m0dR” Wies (Germany) $80,000
3rd – Sergio “zcedrick” Aido (UK) $60,750
4th – James “Andy McLEOD” Obst (Australia) $45,000
5th – Pavel “3P3NIPA” Plesuv (Czech Republic) $30,000
6th – Miguel “Gandalf MR” Riera (UK) $25,000
7th – Justin “birddy420” Ouimette (Canada) $20,000
8th – Alexander “EvnomiYa” Mordvinov (Russia) $15,000
9th – Sami “lrslzk” Kelopuro (Finland) $12,500
“I’m going to play the ARIA $300k,” Polk said while playing the $125 pot-limit Omaha at RIU Reno. “It’s funny, I’m playing this $125 tournament here, and it’s my only tournament I’m playing in between. Nice little polarization there. I do like polarizing ranges.”
Chad Holloway is a Freelance Contributor to the PokerStars Blog.