2018 WSOP Event 72: Jordan Polk Wins $1,500 Mixed NLH/PLO for $197,461
"It's my first final table ever at the World Series of Poker," Vegas' own Jordan Polk declared. More importantly, he was telling it to his friends while sitting behind a tower of chips, getting ready for the winner photos. Polk just took down Event #72: $1,500 Mixed NLH/PLO for $197,461, beating a field of 707 entries.
"It feels unreal. It's hard to even believe."
Originally from Maryland, Polk moved to Vegas when he was 17. He went to the UNLV, lived here for eight years and then moved out. But he came back and has now reached the poker pedestal in a place that he calls his home.
"It feels unreal. It's hard to even believe. It was a lot of hard work but it paid off," Polk said of his victory. While a good run is a necessity, good plans always help, and Polk came ready.
"I've been looking forward to this event for a while. I skipped a few events earlier this week just specifically to make sure that I was able to play this one."
Final table results:
|1||Jordan Polk||United States||$197,461|
|3||Jesse Vilchez||United States||$85,320|
|4||Dan Matsuzuki||United States||$60,556|
|5||Samuel Welbourne||United Kingdom||$43,641|
|6||Ryan Leng||United States||$31,942|
|7||Kevin Iacofano||United States||$23,751|
|8||Alexander Ziskin||United States||$17,945|
What makes this tournament special is the mix of the two most popular games. The event generally attracts tons of players who are familiar with hold'em but they might struggle in omaha. Polk played this event last year and realized that he could face a relatively soft field.
"I love pot-limit omaha and it's a huge edge when you play against no-limit players when you play omaha. They just overvalue hands," he said.
It seemed to be the case here as Polk bagged the chip lead at the end of Day 1, then continued crushing for the whole day to come back for the final day third in chips with 15 players left. But his table draw on Day 2 wasn't the luckiest one. He shared the flops with six-time bracelet Daniel Negreanu. Polk had Negreanu directly to his right, so he at least had a position on the Kid Poker. And the experience was all but intimidating: "It's nice playing against professionals. I love competition, that's what makes me love this game," Polk said.
What also helped Polk enjoy the battles with Negreanu was the fact that the card distribution was on his side.
"I ran very well against him," Polk admitted. Ultimately, Polk himself busted Negreanu in 29th place in a no-limit hand which saw Negreanu run with ace-king into Polk's aces.
Polk doesn't play poker professionally but nobody on the rail would be able to tell, considering his composure on the final table. Ryan Leng, who won his first bracelet just a few weeks ago, held the lead when the finalists merged to one table but a couple of unfortunate collisions saw him depart in sixth place, following eliminations of Kevin Iacofano in seventh and Alexander Ziskin in eighth.
Polk kept cruising with a solid stack but then got short-stacked with four players remaining. He doubled with aces and then climbed back to tie Fernando Brito and Dan Matsuzuki. At the time, Jesse Vilchez was the boss, leading the pack and executing some aggressive plays such as cold four-betting with jack-nine in no-limit.
"The first time my blood started rushing was when I won that big PLO hand."
Polk was able to eliminate Matsuzuki and then tangled in a flagship pot against Vilchez in PLO. They got the money in on the flop with Polk having hit a set of threes while Vilchez turned up with aces and a nut flush draw. Polk's hand held and he scored a massive double to amass two-thirds of the chips in play.
"I was very calm. The first time my blood started rushing was when I won that big PLO hand," Polk said. "Up until then, I was much calmer than I would've thought."
Spiking good runouts in big hands is the cornerstone of winning poker tournaments. However, that's not Polk's forte. While he doesn't play poker for a living, he claims to have played millions of hands in cash games.
"I don't play poker for a living but I do play a lot of cash games. I don't really play any tournaments except at the World Series."
This year, he got into the right mindset with a handful of semi-deep tournament runs, making the top 100 several times: "I knew I was getting close it's kinda built up to this moment," Polk pointed out, admitting that his previous results helped him to get more confident.
"I've been playing poker for a very long time. I know a lot of good friends that play poker for a living."
So Polk was able to receive some expertise on difficult spots he went through in the tournament, but his fundamental gameplan is generally different to that of poker pros.
"I don't really study the game, I play more on experience and instincts so my friends help me with situations that I'm not too familiar with," Polk said.
He ended up heads-up against Portugal-born Brazilian player Fernando Brito, holding a 3-1 chip lead when the match started. Brito was by no means an easy obstacle. While he himself isn't a professional player either, Brito is a seasoned veteran in tournaments. He's amassed 40 WSOP cashes and the heads-up started shifting in his favor. Supported by a loud Latin American rail, Brito managed to take over the chip lead for a short stint. Then Polk bounced back, tackled Brito down to a nub. Brito made one double but the following all-in situation went Polk's way.
Just like that, a newly crowned champion emerged and Polk's railbirds started shouting in excitement. There may have been an empty chair in the cash game area in the past few days, but Polk made up for it in the Mix NLH/PLO. Now with a bracelet in his showcase, Polk might get an appetite for the tournament formats more and more. "Ultimately, it's like a tease. You want to get further and further."
In this Series
- 1 2018 WSOP Event 1: Jordan Hufty Wins First WSOP Gold in $565 Casino Employees
- 2 2018 WSOP Event 2: Elio Fox Wins First Ever WSOP $10,000 Super Turbo Bounty for $393,693
- 3 2018 WSOP Event 3: Joe Cada Wins 2018 WSOP $3,000 No-Limit Hold’em SHOOTOUT for $226,218
- 4 2018 WSOP Event 4: Julien Martini Wins $1,500 Omaha Hi-Lo 8 or Better ($239,771)
- 5 2018 WSOP Event 5: Nick Petrangelo Wins WSOP $100,000 No-Limit Hold'em High Roller ($2,910,227)
- 6 2018 WSOP Event 6: Jeremy Perrin Wins The GIANT Turning $365 Into $250,966
- 7 2018 WSOP Event 7: Roberly Felicio Wins the 2018 WSOP COLOSSUS for $1,000,000
- 8 2018 WSOP Event 8: Johannes Becker Wins $2,500 Mixed Triple Draw Lowball ($180,455)
- 9 2018 WSOP Event 9: Paul Volpe Wins Third WSOP Bracelet in Omaha Hi-Lo Championship
- 10 2018 WSOP Event 10: William ‘Twooopair’ Reymond Wins $365 WSOP.com ONLINE Event ($154,996)
- 11 2018 WSOP Event 11: Tim Andrew Triumphs in the $365 PLO GIANT for $116,015, Mizrachi Fifth
- 12 2018 WSOP Event 12: Jeremy Harkin Wins $1,500 Dealer's Choice for $129,882
- 13 2018 WSOP Event 13: Benjamin Moon Wins $1,500 Big Blind Antes for $315,346
- 14 2018 WSOP Event 14: Daniel Ospina Wins First Bracelet for Colombia in 2-7 Lowball Draw
- 15 2018 WSOP Event 15: Andrey Zhigalov Wins $1,500 H.O.R.S.E. for $202,787
- 16 2018 WSOP Event 16: Justin Bonomo Wins Second WSOP Bracelet in $10K Heads-Up Championship
- 17 2018 WSOP Event 17: Ognyan Dimov Wins Third Bracelet for Bulgaria in Event #17 ($378,743)
- 18 2018 WSOP Event 18: Adam Friedman Wins Second Bracelet in $10K Dealer's Choice
- 19 2018 WSOP Event 19: Craig Varnell Wins $565 Pot-Limit Omaha ($181,790)
- 20 2018 WSOP Event 20: Jeremy Wien Conquers $5,000 No-Limit Hold'em for $537,710
- 21 2018 WSOP Event 21: Arne Kern Wins $1,500 No-Limit Hold'em MILLIONAIRE MAKER ($1,173,223)
- 22 2018 WSOP Event 22: Philip Long Wins $1,500 Eight Game Mix ($147,348)
- 23 2018 WSOP Event 23: Brian Rast Wins Fourth Bracelet in 2-7 Lowball Championship, Brunson 6th
- 24 2018 WSOP Event 24: Michael Addamo Wins Event #24: $2,620 MARATHON No-Limit Hold'em
- 25 2018 WSOP Event 25: Benjamin Dobson Wins First WSOP Gold in $1,500 Seven Card Stud Hi-Lo
- 26 2018 WSOP Event 26: Filippos Stavrakis Dedicates WSOP PLO Bracelet ($169,842) to His Brother
- 27 2018 WSOP Event 27: John Hennigan Wins 2018 WSOP $10K HORSE for Fifth Bracelet and $415K
- 28 2018 WSOP Event 28: Fortunate River Gives Gal Yifrach First WSOP Bracelet & $461K Prize
- 29 2018 WSOP Event 29: Hanh Tran Wins First WSOP Bracelet in $1,500 2-7 Triple Draw ($117,282)
- 30 2018 WSOP Event 30: Ryan Bambrick Wins First Gold Bracelet in Dominating Fashion
- 31 2018 WSOP Event 31: Steven Albini Wins $1,500 Stud to Deny Jeff Lisandro 7th Bracelet
- 32 2018 WSOP Event 32: Matthew Davis Tops Biggest Seniors Event Ever to Win $662,983
- 33 2018 WSOP Event 33: Michael Mizrachi Wins His Third Poker Players Championship Title
- 34 2018 WSOP Event 34: Robert Peacock Wins First WSOP Gold in $1,000 DOUBLE STACK
- 35 2018 WSOP Event 35: Yueqi Zhu Claims First WSOP Gold in $1,500 Mixed Omaha
- 36 2018 WSOP Event 36: Farhintaj Bonyadi Wins Event $1,000 Super Seniors ($311,451)
- 37 2018 WSOP Event 37: Eric Baldwin Wins Second Bracelet, Dedicates it to His Father
- 38 2018 WSOP Event 38: Yaniv Birman Wins First WSOP Gold Bracelet in $10,000 Seven Card Stud Championship ($236,238)
- 39 2018 WSOP Event 39: Preston Lee Captures $1,500 No-Limit Hold'em Shootout Bracelet ($236,498)
- 40 2018 WSOP Event 40: Scott Bohlman Wins WSOP $2,500 Mixed Big Bet ($122,138)
- 41 2018 WSOP Event 41: Robert Nehorayan Wins $1,500 Limit Hold'em for $173,568
- 42 2018 WSOP Event 42: Shaun Deeb Gets Revenge on Ben Yu to Win $25K PLO for $1,402,683
- 43 2018 WSOP Event 43: Timur Margolin Takes Down $2,500 NLHE for $507,274
- 44 2018 WSOP Event 44: Nicholas Seiken Wins $10k 2-7 Triple Draw Championship for $287,987
- 45 2018 WSOP Event 45: Mario Prats Garcia Wins $1,000 Big Blind NLH For $258,255
- 46 2018 WSOP Event 46: David Brookshire Wins WSOP $2,500 Mixed Omaha/Stud Hi-Lo 8 ($214,291)
- 47 2018 WSOP Event 47: Matthew 'mendey' Mendez Wins First WSOP Online PLO Bracelet ($135,077)
- 48 2018 WSOP Event 48: Tommy Nguyen Wins Monster Stack for $1,037,451
- 49 2018 WSOP Event 49: Loren Klein Wins $10,000 Pot-Limit Omaha Championship for $1,018,336
- 50 2018 WSOP Event 50: Jay Kwon Wins $1,500 Razz ($125,431)
- 51 2018 WSOP Event 51: Ryan Leng Ships First WSOP Gold in $1,500 BOUNTY ($272,504)
- 52 2018 WSOP Event 52: Scott Seiver Wins $10,000 Limit Hold'em Championship ($296,222)
- 53 2018 WSOP Event 53: Couden Tops Elezra, Matusow, Negreanu, and Fitoussi to win $1,500 PLO8
- 54 2018 WSOP Event 54: Portugal's Diogo Veiga Wins $3K Big Blind Antes ($522,715)
- 55 2018 WSOP Event 55: Giuseppe Pantaleo and Nikita Luther Win the $1K Tag Team for $175,805!
- 56 2018 WSOP Event 56: Calvin Anderson Wins His Second Bracelet in the $10K Razz ($309,220)!
- 57 2018 WSOP Event 57: Jessica Dawley Wins the WSOP Ladies Championship for $130,230!
- 58 2018 WSOP Event 58: Tribe Has Spoken: Jean-Robert Bellande Wins First Bracelet for $616K
- 59 2018 WSOP Event 59: Mike Takayama Makes History as the First Filipino to Win a WSOP Bracelet
- 60 2018 WSOP Event 60: Galfond Wins 3rd Bracelet in $10,000 Pot-Limit Omaha Hi-Lo Championship
- 61 2018 WSOP Event 61: Ryan 'Toosick' Tosoc Wins WSOP.com $1,000 Championship ($238,778)
- 62 2018 WSOP Event 62: Galen Hall Wins $888 Crazy Eights No-Limit Hold'em for $888,888
- 63 2018 WSOP Event 63: Chance 'BingShui' Kornuth Wins Second Bracelet in WSOP.com Online High Roller for $341,598
- 64 2018 WSOP Event 64: Matsuzuki Wins First WSOP Gold Bracelet in $10,000 Seven Card Stud Hi-Lo
- 65 John Cynn Wins the 2018 WSOP Main Event for $8,800,000!
- 66 2018 WSOP Event 66: Longsheng Tan Wins $1,500 No-Limit Hold'em for $323,472
- 67 2018 WSOP Event 67: Anderson Ireland Wins $1,500 PLO Bounty for First Bracelet and $141K
- 68 2018 WSOP Event 68: Guoliang Wei Wins Fourth Chinese Bracelet in The Little One for One Drop ($559,332)
- 69 2018 WSOP Event 69: Ronald Keijzer Wins $3,000 Pot-Limit Omaha 6-Handed for $475,033
- 70 2018 WSOP Event 70: Yaser Al-Keliddar Wins Event #70: $3K Limit Hold'em 6-Handed for $154K
- 71 2018 WSOP Event 71: Phil Hellmuth Wins 15th Career Bracelet in $5,000 No-Limit Hold'em!
- 72 2018 WSOP Event 72: Jordan Polk Wins $1,500 Mixed NLH/PLO for $197,461
- 73 2018 WSOP Event 73: Denis Timofeev Bests Leo Margets to Win the $1,000 Double Stack Turbo
- 74 2018 WSOP Event 74: Shaun Deeb Wins Second Bracelet of the Summer in $10,000 6-Max ($814,179)
- 75 2018 WSOP Event 75: Joe Cada Wins His Fourth Career Bracelet in The Closer ($612,886)
- 76 2018 WSOP Event 76: Brian Hastings Wins the $3,000 H.O.R.S.E and 4th Bracelet
- 77 2018 WSOP Event 77: Ben Yu Wins Third Bracelet in $50,000 High Roller $1,650,773