Doug Polk Turns $100 into $10,000 Using His Mad Poker Skills

August 26th, 2018 | by Jason Reynolds

Doug Polk has finally completed his $100 to $10,000 bankroll challenge, two years after starting his microstakes journey.

Doug Polk

Doug Polk goes on another ridiculous run turning his bankroll into a decent pile of cash. (Image: AP)

Despite playing some of the highest stakes games around, Polk committed to showing his social media followers that it’s still possible to move up the ranks.

Although the majority of pros believe the game is tougher than it once was, Polk has turned $100 into $10,000 using solid fundamentals and bankroll management.

Announcing the news via his Twitter page on August 23, Polk posted a picture of his profit graph with the caption “we did it.”

He Did It

The challenge initially started in August 2016. After a quick burst of action, Polk ended the year with $894 before grinding his bankroll up to $1,364 by November 2017.

With his fortunes moving in the right direction, the American pro took time away from the challenge to focus on his YouTube channel but returned to the felt in May.

Pledging to take the project seriously, he blasted his way through the low stakes games until Twitch viewers watched him cross the finish line live on August 22.

As much as the bankroll challenge was a personal feat, Polk has used the experience to give something back to the community. In addition to talking through his sessions on Twitch, the pro is planning to produce a video series for his training site, UpswingPoker.

Before recording his training guides, the YouTuber offered his Twitter followers seven lessons he’s learned from the challenge. The common thread running through his impromptu tips was aggression.

Even though online poker players have become more aggressive over the last two decades, Polk maintains that fighting fire with fire is the best way to go.

Overbet bluffing is completely ridiculously good at micros. Go HAM on those nit regs fearlessly,” Polk tweeted on August 23.

The Poker Dream is Still Alive

As one bankroll challenge ends, another one is underway courtesy of British pro Charlie Carrel. Despite being a relative newbie on the poker scene, Carrel has earned more than $6 million since 2014.

Starting his career with a single deposit of $15, the EPT winner is the epitome of the proverbial poker dream and now he wants to give something back. Like Polk, Carrel will be streaming his efforts on Twitch and offering viewers insights into his thought process.

However, in a bid to one-up his fellow pro, the Brit is aiming to turn $50 into $10,000. Using the 20 buy-in rule, the man known online as Epiphany77 started at the $0.01/$0.02 Zoom tables on August Poker pro Doug Polk has shown that you don’t need a huge bankroll to make money at poker after completing his $10,000 challenge.15 and is already grinding the $0.02/$0.05 games.

Whether he completes the challenge or not, the experience should provide some interesting and informative content for all aspiring poker players.


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