Doug Polk Wins 2017 World Series of Poker $111,111 One Drop High Roller
Doug Polk is many things. He is a high-stakes poker pro and poker coach at Upswing Poker. He is a popular social media, YouTube and live-streaming personality. And now he is a three-time World Series of Poker gold bracelet winner. Polk topped an elite field of 130 entries in the 2017 $111,111 buy-in High Roller for One Drop to secure his third WSOP title and the top prize of $3,686,865.
“It does feel much better,” said Polk of this bracelet, compared with his prior two wins in a $1,000 turbo and $1,000 tag-team no-limit hold’em events. “To win that much money against tough people in a world-class event, it’s way different.”
The strong turnout for this event built a $13,722,150 prize pool that was distributed amongst the top 20 finishers. The event also raised over $500,000 for the One Drop initiative which seeks to help provide access to safe water for the less fortunate around the world.
Polk entered the final day in sixth chip position with nine players remaining, each of them already guaranteed at least a $312,006 payday. As you would expect from an event of this caliber, the final table was stacked with top tournament talent. The final nine had combined live tournament earnings in excess of $51.4 million and included the likes of 2016 Super High Roller Bowl champion Rainer Kempe, 2014 WSOP main event champion Martin Jacobson and poker triple crown winner Bertrand ‘ElkY’ Grospellier, who held nearly twice as many chips as his next opponent coming into the final day.
The stacks were relatively shallow during this final table, and that lead to plenty of swings as action became short-handed. During five-handed play the tournament was halted for a while due to player concerns regarding markings found on the cards. Afterward Polk said that he didn’t think that any of his fellow competetors at the final table had made the markings on purpose.
“I know all of these guys,” he said. “Some I know pretty well, some I kind of know. They’re all very respectable people in the community. I don’t think anyone was cheating.”
Here is a look at the payouts and POY awarded in this event:
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