The 2016 WCOOP, as it always does, attracted plenty of headlines: a controversial re-entry ban and major wins for major players.
But in a week when in-form German pro Fedor Holz came close, another big online player also just missed out on a WCOOP title.
Doug “WCG|Rider” Polk finished second in Event #53 this week, the showpiece $10,300 No Limit Hold’em 8-Max High Roller.
While a $455,000 runner-up prize was pretty impressive for the online player, more impressive was the fact he won it while streaming his gameplay on the Twitch platform.
Over 350 players stumped up the $10,300 buy-in for Event #53. 39 players shared the cash, but ultimately the big money went to a three-way chop.
Doug Polk’s Twitch chatbox was filled with emojis as “LLinusLLove” bust in fifth place. With it, he was guaranteed a $263,000 payout at least, enough to wipe out his lost online buy-ins up to that point. After Alexandros “mexican222” Kolonias bust in fourth position, Polk’s guaranteed payout rose to $357,491, prompting Twitch themselves to go into overdrive:
“Congrats to @DougPolkPoker for the largest cash in @TwitchPoker history!” screamed the official Twitch Twitter feed.
Three-handed play saw the remaining players pause for a deal. For the online phenom, who had put a halt to his Twitch bankroll challenge to compete in the WCOOP, a deal was never on his mind. Indeed, he admitted (perhaps rather foolishly) of never having done a chop before in his life.
Ultimately, an ICM deal was thrashed out based on the remaining chipstacks. Phil “Grindation” McAllister took $514,400.27, with Polk taking $452,629.92. Finnis pro, €urop€an, took $460,714.75. It was yet another cash for a player who had only won Event #35 ($1,575 Super Tueday SE) earlier in the series.
After €urop€an bust out in third place, McAllister put his 3-to-1 chip advantage to good use in the heads-up phase. But despite regaining some ground after hitting a full house with J-5 on a J-10-5-5-6 board, Polk found himself on the wrong end of a 5-5 vs Q-Q battle. McAllister’s queens held on a K-8-3-4-2 board to give him the title (his first WCOOP) and a final payout of $58,415.23.
It was another milestone in the career of US pro, Polk. He already boasts two WSOP bracelets to his name, but his exploits online are gaining him a new generation of followers. He took down the inaugural $1,000 NLHE Tag Team event in Las Vegas this summer, winning with team partner Ryan Fee.
With a final prize payout of $455,000, he smashed the previous biggest win for a Twitch-streamed online tournament. Earlier this year, the comically-monikored “SolidPenis” made around $279,000 winning a Spin & Go tournament on PokerStars.
Event 53: $10,300 No Limit Hold’em 8-Max
Final Table Payouts
1st Phillip “Grindation” McAllister $584,415.23*
2nd Doug “WCG|Rider” Polk $455,000.00*
3rd “€urop€an” $459,529.71*
4th Alexandros “mexican222” Kolonias $263,731.20
5th “LLinusLLove” $194,561.47
6th “ShefanHilaly” $143,532.79
7th Chris “Big Huni” Hunichen $105,887.92
8th Keven “Stammdogg” Stammen $78,116.36