After a three-month online poker battle with Daniel Negreanu at WSOP.com, Doug Polk is getting back in the action. The heads-up poker specialist and three-time World Series of Poker bracelet winner comes to High Stakes Poker in March.
Polk highlights the last few episodes of the eighth season after PokerGO resurrected the iconic poker show. USPoker has learned that he’ll be featured along with some of the biggest names in poker.
Polk returns to live poker after huge win against Negreanu
High Stakes Poker features Polk getting back to live play for the first time since the initial session against Negreanu. That took place in November and was also on PokerGO.
The streaming service brought back the iconic poker show in 2020. The eight season features some of the biggest names in poker at the PokerGO Studio at Aria in Las Vegas.
Along with three World Series of Poker titles, Polk is also no stranger to online poker success as well. His poker career began by turning a $20 deposit on PokerStars into a $10,000 bankroll. He went on to become one of the best online cash game players in the game.
After some post-match analysis, Polk believes Negreanu was fortunate not to lose more than $1.2 million.
“Going through all my stats from this challenge,” Polk recently posted on Twitter. “My frequencies in so many of these spots were just phenomenal. It was weird playing an entire challenge with no data but I’m just so proud of the level of poker I played at for this thing.”
With the win against Negreanu now in the past, Polk looks to parlay some of that momentum. Polk should make for some interesting viewing and isn’t afraid to mix in some banter.
A dream to play on ‘High Stakes’
Along with Polk, the lineup for the last few episodes of High Stakes Poker features Phil Ivey, Phil Hellmuth, Tom Dwan, Bryn Kenney, Brandon Steven, James Bord, and Jake Daniels. The players will be battling it out in $200-$400 No Limit Hold’em.
For Polk, appearing on High Stakes Poker always seemed out of the realm of possibility. Before winning millions in the game, like many he was a fan who enjoyed televised poker.
“I’m extremely excited,” Polk told PokerGO of playing. “This is an iconic show. I grew up watching it. In fact, I grew up watching it as a kid and thinking how awesome it is just to see these players play, never had any idea or thought that I would one day get to play. It just seemed too unreal just to even possibly happen.
“So to get to go from that to actually playing in those games, it’s cool. It’s cool to know that I went on that journey and here we are today.”
Recently, Polk said he’s become bored again with poker and looked to step back from the game. High Stakes Poker appears to be an exception to that.
Can Polk book yet another nice win after so many months of high stakes action online? Viewers will find out soon. Polk has recently been considering what he might have won had the matchup with Negreanu been in a different currency.
Also I cannot confirm nor deny that bitcoin was sold for this purpose ffs why did this happen to me
— Doug Polk (@DougPolkVids) February 16, 2021
Dan Bilzerian among other big names heading to PokerGO
Fans of High Stakes Poker can also check out several other interesting names in the current lineup. Hellmuth, Ivey, and Dwan are among those currently in episodes 9-11.
Dan Bilzerian is also getting in the action on PokerGO as part of the Poker After Dark lineup featuring Mally Mall, Steve Aoki, Bill Perkins, and Chris Eubank Jr.
The social media icon and so-called “King of Instagram” recently signed a deal to become a GGPoker ambassador. Bilzerian claims to have won millions in private poker games. Poker fans will now get a chance to witness his skills at the table.
Currently on High Stakes, a few other names on the show include Jake Daniels, Brandon Adams, and Jason Koon. Daniels hails from Texas and has $1.3 million in live tournament winnings. He’s become a regular on the Las Vegas high roller scene at Aria and Wynn.
Adams returns to the show after appearing 13 years ago. His career highlights include a 2019 WSOP bracelet and more than $5 million in lifetime tournament winnings.
“This is incredible,” Adams told PokerGO about returning to the show. “I was fired up to play with Phil [Ivey] and Tom [Dwan] because I haven’t played with them in so long. In particular Tom, because I’ve played so much with him and hung out so much with him, but less so the past few years because he’s been based in Asia. I’m looking forward to playing with him again.”
One of the most successful players in poker, Koon has $31 million in live tournament winnings. He’s also currently a member of Team partypoker and has scored in some of the biggest events around the world.
The episode also features businessmen James Bord, Lazaro Hernandez, and Chamath Palihapitiya.
Contest allows fan to sit in on a ‘Poker After Dark’ episode on PokerGO
Along with High Stakes Poker, PokerGO continues producing episodes of the classic Poker After Dark. The network is now giving viewers a chance to sit in on the show.
Two-time WPT champion and PokerCoaching.com founder Jonathan Little will be playing $25/$50 No-Limit Hold’em on two upcoming episodes.
He’s also hosting a $5,000 sit and go with James Romero, Matt Affleck, Faraz Jaka, and others. Those who visit his site have a chance to earn a free entry into the event.
The winner will play on the episode with a chance to win as much as $30,000. The contest is open until July 31 and to enter, click here.
New episodes of High Stakes Poker debut every Wednesday at 8 pm (ET).
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