Doug “WCGRider” Polk dominated another round in the heads-up challenge with Ben “Sauce1234” Sulsky to widen the gap between the two by another $190k, making the current total for the match $491k in favor of Polk. The pair played 2,478 hands over 8.5 hours showing their dedication to finishing this match as quickly as possible and not having it drag on. Even when Sulsky has been losing he has been willing to play a lot and not run away as Tom “durrrr” Dwan has been accused of doing in his match with Dan “jungleman12” Cates. This is something that shouldn’t be ignored, because many players would try to avoid the inevitable if the lead had grown to this much.
Polk jumped out to a really early lead when he doubled at a table by flopping trips and Sulsky turned top pair, top kicker. From that, Polk hit the ground running and it was more a matter of how much he would win, not if he would come out on top of this session. WGCRider was taking a majority of the major pots and even the biggest comeback from Sulsky would end with him down $70k because of how much of a lead Polk had managed to secure through the first parts of the match. That being said, they still managed to put in massive volume and Sulsky never appeared to give up as he was fighting the entire time to try to narrow the gap.
The match is now 61% over and it looks like Sulsky is going to lose this challenge. Anything is still possible, but Polk has controlled 3 of the 4 sessions of the match and Sulsky managed to win only a small amount in the one round he was able to capture. If Sulsky can make a major adjustment and Polk is slow to counter it, the tide of this match can still swing. When playing for the high stakes agreed to, a small adjustment and bad counter can lead to a massive session of $200-$300k which would bring this challenge right back into the competitive stage. It’s a little unclear when the challenge will resume, but when it does we will bring you all the action. It’s also interesting to note that this match is on pace to be completed well before the mid-October date that each had given for wanting to get it finished.