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Polk Crushes Sulsky in Final Round of Challenge; Sets Bedrock for Future Matches!!!

At long last, the high stakes challenge between Doug “WCGRider” Polk and Ben “Sauce1234” Sulsky has come to a close and it ended much the same way as was seen throughout the entire challenge. Polk ended the match by winning $160k during the last session. That final drubbing of Sulsky puts a large exclamation point on the win for Polk, which came to $740k not including the $100k side bet.

Like many of the previous rounds, Polk jumped out to a quick lead and Sulsky was forced to attempt a comeback. As with almost every other session, Polk managed to stave off the comeback attempt and put the match out of reach. Sulsky was never really that close in the nearly 1.5k hand challenge. It’s also important to remember that even a comeback in the round would have just dulled the pain of the overall match loss for Sulsky, it would not have actually made the final result slip into the realm of doubt.

The largest pot of the final session was one of the larger ones of the match and kind of encapsulated the entire challenge in many ways. Polk made quads on the river to win a nearly $84k pot. The reason that this is a microcosm of the entire match is that Sauce1234 did nearly everything correctly, but just ran into the ripsaw of WCGRider. This isn’t to take away from Polk by any means, as he played exceptionally well. But many do think that he ran much better than Sulsky in card distribution, but that’s kind of hard to tell.

The match is now over and the final result really is a bit of surprise. Before the match began, many thought that this was a coin flip with maybe a slight edge to WCGRider, but that edge was exceptionally small. After 15,000 hands, you have a somewhat conclusive result that kind of shakes the entire ladder of the high stakes no-limit world. While Polk might not be that much better than Sulsky, this win was far more than convincing.

The next possible matchup for Polk, who seems to want to continue battling other high stakes pros, has been discussed previously on PokerUpdate. Rumors have circulated indicating that Polk wants to take on Ike Haxton and there appears to be at least some mutual interest in the match. It will probably be a bit longer until something is officially worked out, but considering the notoriety that Full Tilt Poker gained from this matchup, it’s safe to assume that the sister site of PokerStars would be interested in hosting yet another slugfest featuring WCGRider.

The fact that Polk wants to take on Haxton next is rather important, as he recently released a list of who he felt were the top 10 players in the world. Haxton was ranked second behind only Polk himself, but that list seemed to be missing some names that online railbirds typically rank as the top players: Phil Ivey, Tom Dwan, Viktor Blom and Phil Galfond. Also, some on the list were not immune from jabs at their intelligence or character by Polk. Tobias Kuder and Alex Millar, respectively. were mentioned by WCGRider as lacking in those departments. It’s a must read for anyone who has a lot of interest in the high stakes games. It’s also interesting to note that Polk played Blom the other night in $500/$1000 Cap NL and lost $270k over the course of nearly 2,700 hands, which could be a preview of things to come in the future.

While the end of the Polk/Sulsky challenge was a bit of a letdown from its beginning and the surrounding hype, there is a lot of potential for future matchups involving WCGRider that can garner just as much attention and trash-talking as this one produced. For Sulsky, it marks the need to get back to the drawing board and figure out what went wrong. Considering how much everyone respects his ability, this seems more than possible and it shouldn’t be long before we see Sulsky back on the tables crushing the games as he did prior to this setback.

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