WSOP: On the upswing, Polk dispatches Grospellier for third career gold bracelet

After launching the instructional platform Upswing Poker last year, Doug Polk has lived up to the company’s name in fine style.

At the 2016 World Series of Poker, playing alongside his Upswing partner Ryan Fee, Polk took down the inaugural $1,000 NLHE tag-team tournament to split $153,358. Since then, Polk has built his personal brand by posting daily YouTube streams, conducting detailed hand analyses through his “Polker Hands” segment, and clashing with poker villain Salomon “Hashtag King” Ponte during televised episodes of Poker Night in America.

Simply put, poker has become the Doug Polk Show since he began the Upswing experiment.

The ride continued yesterday at the Rio, where Polk sat with eight elite competitors to play out the final table of Event #6: the $111,111 High Roller for One Drop.

Holding a stack of just over six million, Polk found himself in sixth place on the chip leaderboard when the drama kicked off. That put him over 10 million chips behind Bertrand “ElkY” Grospellier (16.82 million), the overwhelming leader who had dominated the tournament’s earlier days.

Polk also had veterans like 2014 WSOP Main Event champ Martin Jacobson (8.89 million), along with high-roller specialists Dario Sammartino (7.97 million) and Andrew Robl (6.67 million), ahead of him when final table play began.

Just 16 hands into the day, Polk found himself short and was forced to shove 2.65 million into the middle holding just 10-9 of hearts. He was called by Jacobson with A-Q of diamonds, but the flop fell 10-high and Jacobson couldn’t catch up.

The field was whittled down to four players over several grueling hours, as Polk weaved his way back into contention while avoiding major clashes. In fact, his first elimination at the final table came on Hand #132, when he found A-A in the hole after a pre-flop shove by Haralabos Voulgaris.

The sports betting superstar’s A-5 of clubs couldn’t produce a miracle, and he exited in fourth place for $1,158,883.

Polk then dispatched Sammartino in third place ($1,608,295), calling with K-10 of hearts and catching the latter’s desperation push with Q-5 of clubs.

Polk held a lead of 38 million to 27.15 million entering heads-up play against Grospellier, but the renowned heads-up specialist needed only seven hands to finish the Frenchman off.

Grospellier earned $2,278,657 for the runner-up run, while Polk claimed $3,686,865 and his third career gold bracelet.

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