The highly publicized heads-up no-limit hold’em challenge on Full Tilt Poker between Doug "WCGRider" Polk and Ben "Sauce1234" Sulsky has been on hiatus for a couple weeks, but as of this week, a conclusion has been reached.
When the challenge last left off, Polk was up nearly $600,000 with approximately 1,400 hands remaining. Needless to say, it wasn’t a question if Polk would win, it was a question of how much. On Wednesday, the two completed the match's 15,000 hands in 3.5 hours (which went over by 144 hands according to HighStakesDB) and Polk walked away a $160,000 winner. That put Polk up more than $740,000 in the challenge, allowing him to secure the $100,000 side bet between the two.
In the biggest pot of the match, Polk ($54,332.84) opened for $480 only to have Sulsky ($41,782) three-bet to $1,440. Polk made the call, the flop came down , and Sulsky checked. Polk bet $2,400, Sulsky called, and the appeared on the turn. Sulsky check-called a bet of $7,600 and then checked for a third time when the completed the board on the river. Polk opted to shove and Sulsky called off his remaining $30,342. Polk then tabled the for quads, and he was pushed the $83,564 pot after Sulsky mucked.
The win was no doubt satisfying, but the fact that he lost $360,000 back to Viktor “Isildur1” Blom in 2,700 hands of $500/$1,000 CAP NLHE later in the night was not. You can read more about Blom's successful week over in the this week's Online Railbird Report.