1. What is your name?
My name is Douglas Polk
2. What is your age?
I am 24 years old
3. What is your location?
I live part time between Las Vegas and Vancouver. I have a home in Las Vegas that ive lived in for the past four years, and my girlfriend lives in las vegas. However in order to play poker I also have a condo in Vancouver that I spend my time at to grind.
4. What are Your Screen names?
WCG|Rider on Stars, WCGRider on FTP
5. What poker game(s) do you usually to play? Are you learning any new games?
Basically just No limit holdem, more specifically HU. I also play a decent amount of 6m NL, and a small amount of omaha, but my primary game is definetely HUNL.
6. What stakes/sites/tables/total volume do you usually play?
I normally play 2-6 tables of 25/50-400/800, really depends on whats running. Im also completely down to get my 2/5 zoom grind on if I see fit =p.
7. Do you have a personal webpage?
No I do not.
8. What is your personal twitter account?
You can follow me on twitter @DougPolkPoker .
9. Are you doing coaching videos, where?
I dont coach.
1. Why and when did you start playing poker? Do you still play for the same reasons?
I started playing poker because I saw it as a way to channel my video game background into something more productive. Its fairly common in video games to practice 8 hours a day and get paid virtually zero, so moving from that into a far more lucrative field seemed like a no brainer.
2. What were the best and worst months of your poker career? What happened?
I think the worst month of my career was probably December 2011. I was trying to play 25/50 and 50/100 for the first time in awhile, and ran badly and played badly. Before I knew it I was back at MSNL, although not for long. I really hope I dont have to go through something like that again.
My best month is actaully the current one, ive been crushing the Sauce challenge, have some xbook action/sidebets, and also been winning on the side. Needlessly to say this has had a fantastic outcome so far.
3. What was your worst beat ever?
Ive got a few that are up there. Honestly the first one that comes to mind was in 2007 I had run my roll @ 1c/2c up to about $250. From there I decided it was time to take a shot, NL 50 on a 5 bi bankroll. I remember flatting a 3b with TT and the flop was T54, he bet and I shoved (because why would you want him to suckout?). The donk called with AA, turn 2, river A, and I was soul crushed. I remember actually feeling sick to my stomache, too funny. I had a “slightly” bigger beat more recently. I was playing vs punting peddler on FTP and he flatted a raise when i had K9s. The flop was 992, he c/c. The turn was a 4, he c/c. The river was another 4, he crai and had 44. Standard way to lose a 200k pot.
4. Are you satisfied with your 2013 poker year?
My 2013 poker year has been fantastic, despite only being able to play part of the year and having to deal with the commuting. Im pretty excited for the future.
5. How did Black Friday impact you? How did you adapt after Black Friday?
Black friday really crushed my career. I now own a home in a country I cant work. I also had a lot of my br at the time (30k) stuck on ftp, and was playing lower in general during that period. I had to man up, move to Vancouver, and get the grind on @ 50c/1 and 1/2. I remember debating quitting poker to go back to school, glad that didnt happen :D.
6. What was the biggest factor in your development as a player?
The biggest factor in my devolpment was my work ethic and strategy mindset. As a kid I grew up on chess/strategic video games, so ive always been fairly involved in the strategy scene.
1. How do you prepare for your poker activities?
I dont really prepare, I just play when I feel up to par. There is no need for a pregame ritual, im always lucky enough anyway.
2. Do you use a HUD and/or do you take notes actively?
I dont use a hud or take notes. (Except for the occasional note of “lol this guy had the 55 hand”.)
3. Do you work on your game away from the tables, if so how?
I do some light work away from the tables, although not too much nowadays. I think that was a much more important element on the rise up, but once you have made it to the top its more important to prepare for individual opponents as the player pool is so small.
4. Are you active in any online communities to develop your game? Which?
am not involved in any online communities other then occasionally trolling @ 2+2.
5. What is your favorite way to relieve stress when running bad?
I dont really feel stressed out when i lose a lot usually, but if I absolutely need a break I just take a vacation and head back to Vegas and try to live a less poker centered life for a few weeks. I try to put my head down and barrel when im in vancouver, I dont want to let my time slip by when I had serious income potential.
6. How would you describe your playing style, strengths, and weaknesses relative to the average player with the same overall skill level as you?
My strengths are real time strategic insights, solid fundamentals in balance, and having the heart to believe in my strategy. My weaknesses are my “soul reading” abilities, and thinking my opponnets are smarter then they actually are.
1. What are your poker goals for the rest of 2013 and 2014?
My goals for this year/next year, is to hopefully try to bang out a million. That looks likely this year, next year who knows. I think its most important though to set goals orientated around hard work and putting in hours of play, rather then success. You cant control how much you win or who plays you, but you can control your work ethic.
2. Are you confident that you will meet those goals? Why?
This year I am confident, next year the landscape could look substantially different. You dont really know until you see the games and whose playing.
3. What is the most important positive change you’ve made to your poker approach for 2013?
I wouldnt really say my game has changed substantially this year. I did play a lot vs Sauce, and I think that made me a much better player though.
4. Do you see yourself still playing poker in 10 years?
I think that to some extent, I will always play poker. It will just probably transition as my means for income, into a way to supplement my income. Ill always play the main event though, too many donks!
5. Do you have any ambition to coach/teach other players?
I dont really have the ambition to coach or teach anymore. I have helped out a few friends close to me, but I think the game is just getting too tough and knowledge is too valuable. I dont understand all of the major players that coach, seems -ev to me.
6. What’s the poker dream for you?
The poker dream for me is to win a huge live donkament, and then finally be able to afford all of the nice things ive always wanted.
1. Do you have any regular non-poker hobbies (playing or following a sport, music, etc)?
I travel a lot, although that ends up being poker related quite often. I play sc2 varying amounts, and cant get enough breaking bad. But all in all, between having to work and having a gf, its hard to really find a lot of time for hobbies.
2. What’s your opinion on social media (facebook/twitter/etc)?
I think its good, it can really help players establish their image and increase their notarity. Its important to care about the way that people see you, espcially as one of the more well known players.
3. If you could give you from five years ago (make it ten if over 30) one major piece of advice, what would it be?
I would tell myself to stay focused and work hard, and that it will eventually be rewarded. Oh yeah, and stop grinding full ring micro stakes cash.
4. What’s your most-visited website (non-poker)?
Surfing the web isnt really my cup of tea, but I love checking out how my bitcoins are doing, or catching up with old friends on facebook.