Career Winnings: $10,000,000+
My favorite poker player of all time had to be included on this list. Doug Polk is one of the smartest people I have found since jumping into the world of poker. His poker training website, upswing.com, has helped thousands of poker players improve their game and become a more successful player. I personally have purchased the Post-Flop game plan as well as the monthly Upswing Lab and have seen IMMEDIATE improvements in all facets of my game and ROI.
A former UNC undergraduate before dropping out to pursue poker full-time, Polk started playing just .01/.02 online and turned a $20 deposit into over $10,000. Within a couple years he was considered one of the best online cash players in the world.
He came to notoriety in a heads-up no limit hold’em match against Ben Sulsky who is another professional poker player. Polk dominated Sulsky over 15,000 hands and walked away with over $800,000.
Doug Polk had a long feud with another high-profile included in this article, Daniel Negreanu, related to Polk publicly criticizing Negreanu for how naïve he had become to the difficulty of today’s poker game. In 2020 Polk and Negreanu agreed to a 25,000-hand heads-up match. This high-profile duel drew a ton of attention from those in the poker community. Hundreds of thousands of dollars in side bets were placed on who would be victorious. It was rumored that the odds of Negreanu winning were set at 4 to 1, which is giving him just a 20% chance to win the match. Even at these difficult odds, Polk won over $1,200,000 of Negreanu in the match in addition to over $500,000 he won from side-bets placed on himself to win.
Doug Polk’s intellect, success, and comedic personality put him atop my list of best poker players of all time. But as a very polarizing figure in the poker community, you either love him or hate him. If you want to check out Doug Polk’s poker training website head to upswing.com where there is a ton of free content to improve your poker game, no matter what skill level you consider yourself.