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Doug Polk Retires from Poker – “It’s Felt Like Work”

Wednesday, September 19th, 2018

doug-polk-pokerDoug Polk has been a poker pro for the past decade. But the 29-year-old pro has announced that this chapter of his life is now coming to a close.

Polk, speaking through his latest poker YouTube video, expresses that poker has been great to him. However, he’s ready to move on and explore new avenues.

“I’m not going to play poker anymore,” he says while discussing his recent $100-to-$10,000 bankroll challenge.

“That’s a chapter in my life’s story that’s coming to a close. I had a great time, I had a blast. Poker’s given me so much. It’s a great game. It’s truly amazing to me there’s a strategic game you can play for a lot of money.

Why is Doug Polk Quitting Poker?

The main reason why Polk is stepping away from the game is that it no longer brings him the same joy.

“For quite some time now I have not enjoyed playing poker,” he says. “It’s felt like a grind, it’s felt like work.”

Polk has been playing poker for his entire adult life. That said, it’s understandable why he’s burnt out from the game.

What will Polk Do Now?

Lucky for Polk, he has a very lucrative fallback plan. He’s become one of the biggest YouTubers in the cryptocurrency sector, amassing over 200,000 followers on “Doug Polk Crypto” in less than a year.

It’s very likely that Polk will continue dedicating more time to his thriving cryptocurrency channel. He’s also been an investor in Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies for a few years.

Will Doug Poker Ever Play Poker Again?

Just because he’s retiring as a poker pro doesn’t mean that he’ll never play the game again. Polk even left open the possibility that he could go pro again.

“This doesn’t mean I’m never going to play poker again,” he explains.

“I’ll probably play occasionally from time to time for fun. Maybe, at some point down the road, it will be something that I really want to get back into, and the flame will reignite and I want to play a lot of poker, I really don’t know.”

Doug Polk Shreds Poker’s Athene in the Crypto World

Saturday, February 24th, 2018

athene-pokerBachir Boumaaza, who’s best known by his pseudo name, Athene, gained poker notoriety for his former sponsorship with PokerStars. This deal ended because the Belgian violated the sponsorship terms by abusing a rakeback loophole.

Before this, Boumaaza was a top-ranked World of Warcraft player. And he’s since made a transition into the cryptocurrency world.

Athene does YouTube videos on cryptocurrencies, where he gives his advice and thoughts on various coins. One of his latest videos involved a prank where he was trying to raise $1 billion for an initial coin offering (ICO).

Unfortunately, the humor was so deadpan that many people didn’t get the joke. Furthermore, he made bizarre comments about “not giving a shit about dying kids in Africa,” instead of only wanting to help them because it’s the right thing to do.

Doug Polk Crypto Jumps on Athene

As I discussed recently, former high stakes poker pro Doug Polk has also gotten heavily involved in the cryptocurrency world. In fact, he’s already become a top crypto YouTuber, despite making his first video in December 2017.

Polk captured the popular sentiment surrounding Athene’s strange video. But Polk took things a step further by stating that many people could be misled by Athene jokingly trying to raise $1 billion dollars.

“Using your troll persona to address the audience that isn’t normally there is basically a scam, because now they don’t know what’s going on. And they might fall victim to thinking that this could actually be worth something,” said Polk.

“I’m not exactly sure what the technical definition of scamming is. But if you tell people, ‘This could 50x if you get some of these, you can only get some of these if you send me money,’ then you are actually telling them to buy it because they’ll get a return.”

This falls in line with some of Doug Polk’s other videos, where he calls out other crypto YouTubers for scammy and/or strange behavior.

Doug Polk Crypto Passes Doug Polk Poker in Subscribers

Tuesday, February 20th, 2018

Doug Polk earned his fame through the high stakes poker world. But he’s quickly transitioning into the world of cryptocurrencies. And this has culminated in his cryptocurrency YouTube channel surpassing his poker YouTube channel in terms of subscribers.

The event happened today, February 20. And Polk tweeted the following regarding his excitement.

Highly Successful in Both Crypto and Poker YouTube

Doug Polk started his poker YouTube channel in June 2016 and has amassed 174,699 subscribers since then. He’s posted 353 videos during this time, with all of these garnering a combined 39,745,000 views.

Polk is the only poker player to earn the YouTube Silver Play Button, which is given to any YouTuber who has over 100,000 subscribers.

Few would transition into something else when they’ve been so successful in one YouTube sector. But Polk took the plunge in December 2017, launching his first cryptocurrency videos.

The result has been a huge success, given that he’s gained 174,925 followers. His 40 videos have generated over 6.4 million views, which is far more than his poker channel.

Polk Jumping into Crypto at the Right Time

Polk admittedly made the move to cryptocurrencies because he sees greater potential here.

Of course, the 29-year-old didn’t jump into crypto blindly. He’s actually been investing in Bitcoin and other coins for several years.

He once showed his diversified portfolio, which includes Bitcoin, Bitclave, DASH, Etherium, Monero, NEO, among others.

But Polk doesn’t get the most attention for his portfolio advice. Instead, he’s shown a willingness to attack any potential scammer in the crypto world.

This includes one famous incident involving another popular cryptocurrency YouTuber named Suppoman. The video, which can be seen below, features Polk ripping Suppoman for shilling ICOs (initial coin offerings) that he’s likely invested in – yet fails to disclose this information beforehand.

Given Polk’s rapid success and the growing crypto world, don’t expect to see him in the poker world as much any more.