Sunday Briefing: Doug Polk Wins $271K While Streaming Live on YouTube
One of the most popular online poker streams right now belongs to Doug Polk. The high-stakes cash game guru often braodcasts his online poker exploits when he is playing in major tournaments.
This weekend, Polk bought into the final phase of the partypoker Powerfest Event 294 for the princely sum of $5,200 and allowed his fans to watch his quest to win a share of a guaranteed $1 million via his YouTube channel.
With 274 players in the field, the prize pool swelled to $1,424,000 with the champion taking home $271,272. Polk navigated his way to the eight-handed final table where he locked up $46,992, and one by one the players busted and the prize money increased.
Polk, playing as “gab_tilt99,” found himself heads-up against “PokerG1rl69” for the title and the biggest share of the prize pool. Early Monday morning, Polk had 121 million in chips to his opponent’s 19.3 million (around 16 big blinds). PokerG1rl69 raised preflop to 2,400,000. Polk, holding moved all-in and PokerG1rl69 called with .
The flop rolled out Polk yelled for no club, which wouldn't given his opponent a flush, but Polk's hand did hold up through the turn and river, eliminating PokerG1rl69 in second place and making a delighted Polk $271,272 richer.
You can watch the entire stream, which is more than eight hours long, right here:
Polk’s victory bagged him the largest score at partypoker on May 21, although there were some other impressive wins during what was the final day of the $20 million guaranteed Powerfest.
"Kuconi" took down the $200K Gtd Final Phase and turned $215 into $63,195, and "dries1234" bought into the $500K Gtd Final Phase for $1,050 and walked away with $151,385.
In the $215 buy in Main Event, a tournament with a $1 million guarantee, "LoveToPlayU" defeated "Young_Savage" heads-up to bank $213,075 while in the $1,050 buy in Main Event, another $1 million guaranteed tournament, it was Cassio "Cassiopak18" Pisapia de Almeida Kiles who topped a field of 1,590 to get his hands on a huge $268,710.
The final Powerfest Main Event of the day spanned almost 18 hours and saw Jon"sordykrd" Van Fleet triumph over 4,871 opponents to turn $215 into a bankroll-boosting $153,000.
Over at PokerStars, more than $28 million was guaranteed during the final day of the 2017 Spring Championship Of Online Poker (SCOOP). It may have been the SCOOP results that made the headlines, but PokerStars’ standard Sunday tournaments were also worth shouting about. Some of the more notable results included:
- Antonio “jonwayne69” Gonzalez - winner of the $109 Sunday Starter for $5,721
- “Elmagico19A1” - winner of the Big $162 for $4,657
- “PataNegraXD” - winner of the $109 Sunday Kickoff for $24,391
- “blackaces93” - winner of the $215 Bounty Builder for $20,317
- “ex6tenceLV” - winner of the $215 Weekender for $9,550
- “Al Magellan” - winner of the Big $109 for $31,790
- “bencb789” - winner of the Hot $162 for $19,241
- “LLinusLLove” - winner of the $700 Super-Sized Sunday for $49,694
- “IADTTMax” - winner of the $109 Bounty Builder for $17,856
- “PeroQmaloSoy” - winner of the $109 Bubble Rush for $8,899
- “KATEHA” - winner of the Hot $109 for $21,042
- Adrian “Amadi_017” Mateos - winner of the $1,050 Sunday Grand NLHE for $44,402
- Ben “NeverScaredB” Wilinofsky - winner of the $1,050 Sunday Grand PLO for $41,880
- “JonzStars” - winner of the Big $215 for $24,533
- “panamara888” - winner of the $109 Sunday Cooldown for $24,123
- Anthony “holdplz” Spinella - winner of the $215 Sunday Supersonic for $42,683
- Tom “Jabracada” Hall - winner of the Hot $215 for $23,562
- “GolfChamp60” - winner of the $109 Sunday Wrap-Up for $11,069
Another online poker festival drawing to a close on May 21 was the 888poker XL Inferno series. All of 888poker’s flagship Sunday tournaments were given the XL Inferno treatment and you can check out all of the results from it in our dedicated recap of the action as soon as it is posted.
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