Doug Polk vs. Ben Tollerene: High Stakes Poker Feud Over Coaching

doug-polk-ben-tollerene-poker-feudHigh stakes poker grinders Doug Polk and Ben Tollerene have issues with each other stemming back to a coaching arrangement that they made with each other.

As Polk describes on his YouTube channel, the two were originally friends after meeting and hanging out. With Polk being an NL Hold’em expert and Tollerene being a PLO expert, they decided to swap coaching sessions with one another.

Polk gave Tollerene a few coaching sessions in NL Hold’em, but Tollerene said that he could no longer offer the PLO coaching because the software that he was using had an NDA agreement.

This angered Polk because he said that the first few coaching sessions you do are the most valuable. And once Tollerene got these sessions, he suddenly broke the agreement over an arbitrary point.

Another problem that Polk has with Tollerene is that they discussed Cap NL Hold’em as friends. Then he tried to play Polk in $500/$1,000 CAP NL later after learning his strategy.

“To use that information and then sit me 6 months later after that convo – that is totally absurd!” says Polk. “You do not make friends with people, screw them over in a deal, and ask them how they think about poker just to sit them 6 months later.”

“There’s an understood thing in poker, where if you’re gonna coach players, and you’re gonna go into analysis with somebody, there’s inherit ‘I’m not going to play you later.'”

Polk goes on to call Tollerene a “vulture” and warns anybody to be careful when doing business with the high stakes pro.

One more topic that Polk discusses is his personal relationship with Tollerene, citing how the latter once yelled at him when they were drinking for little reason at all. Polk ends by saying that Tollerene has deep issues and is hard to get along with.

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