The Weekly Round-up – 12 July 2021:
The Tip Top Fox brings you the top poker and gambling industry stories of the week; Ali Imsirovic Leads PokerGo Cup & PokerGO Tour; Doug Polk Launches New Podcast; Dan Bilzerian Calls Out Polk
Ali Imsirovic Leads PokerGo Cup & PokerGO Tour
Six out of eight events of the high stakes PokerGO Cup tournament series have played out as of Monday, 12 July. Bosnia and Herzegovina’s Ali Imsirovic has won two of them to cement his position in the #1 spot on both the PokerGO Cup leaderboard, and further extend his lead on the PokerGO Tour leaderboard.
The 24-year-old poker professional bested a 61-strong field to win Event #2 on Thursday, 8 July, defeating Jason Koon heads up to win his sixth PokerGO title in the space of the last 12 months.
Imsirovic followed this up by taking down the 50-entry Event #4 just two days later, beating the USA’s Daniel Weinand heads up to further strengthen his stranglehold on the series and bring his total PokerGO winnings up to $2,882,460.
Imsirovic currently tops the table with 423 points – a lead of 107 points more than next-closest rival Jason Koon.
The Series So Far
Koon is second on the series leaderboard with 316 points after taking down Event #6: $25,000 No-Limit Hold’em on Monday, 12 July for a $324,000 payday.
This win marks Koon’s first-ever PokerGO title and brings his career tournament winnings up to over $31 million after the West Virginia native saw off challenges from the 36-strong field, defeating Thomas Winters heads-up for the win.
The series kicked off on Tuesday, 6 July with the two-day Event #1: $10,000 No-Limit Hold’em, which poker pro Alex Foxen won for a $178,200 payday. Foxen defeated a 66-strong field, beating Sean Perry heads-up to win his first PokerGO title, and currently sits in fourth place on the PokerGO Cup leaderboard, just behind Dylan Linde.
Linde claimed the #3 spot with a win in Event #3: $10,000 No-Limit Hold’em, overcoming 53 entrants and triumphing over Sam Soverel heads-up to take his first PokerGO Tour title and the $169,600 top prize.
While Jake Schindler won Event #5: $25,000 No-Limit Hold’em for a $324,000 payday after beating a 36-strong field and besting David Peters heads up, he currently sits in sixth place behind David Coleman, the latter’s three final table appearances in Events #1, #4, and #5 putting him fifth in the overall series standings.
2021 PokerGO Cup Top 10
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Polk Launches New Podcast
While he claims to be retired from poker, Doug Polk is never really going to fully leave the industry. The fact that Polk has just launched a new poker podcast – the Doug Polk Podcast – pretty much guarantees that the often outspoken, but always entertaining heads-up specialist will continue to share his thoughts on the game.
This, however, is a good thing. Never shy about speaking his mind, Polk’s podcast offers his insights into the game and will mainly focus on poker and cryptocurrency, as those are the spaces he primarily operates and has audiences in.
“I want to keep the doors open and talk about such things as gambling in general, world events, possibly sports or politics. Basically we’re going to have this be about anything in the world happening, current events we can discuss with a critical thinking angle,” stated Polk in his introduction to the podcast.
Upcoming episodes will include betting on elections, high stakes heads-up stories from back in the day, and the Elon Musk and Dogecoin saga.
The podcast is available via the YouTube Doug Polk Podcast page, and Apple Podcasts page. The first episode covers the Landon Tice vs Bill Perkins heads-up match that finished prematurely and features Perkins as one of the show’s first guests, alongside poker player Jason Mo and professional poker coach and player Kevin Rabichow.
Dan Bilzerian Calls Out Polk
Bilzerian’s beef with Polk dates back to a video the latter made around four years ago entitled The Truth About Dan Bilzerian’s Poker Ability where Polk critically assesses Bilzerian’s skills.
“I think that he [Bilzerian] can beat some very soft live games, but on the internet, he’s a fish in the water,” concluded Polk after reviewing a live-streamed Twitch game of Bilzerian playing heads-up on Bill Perkins poker account.
Multi-accounting aside, Bilzerian is no stranger to controversy, with his appointment as GGPoker ambassador back in March generating quite the storm.
Former GGPoker affiliate Vanessa Kade was just one of the many who voiced their opinions of Bilzerian on the social media network, claiming the signing was a huge step backward for the site.
Never shy about voicing his opinions, Bilzerian’s first tweet as an ambassador was to pour gasoline on the fire by telling Kade: “Quiet hoe, nobody knows who you are.”
Bilzerian has waited four years to speak his mind about Polk, though to be fair to the man, he was only responding to the interviewers question rather than raising the topic himself.
“I didn’t care about his review then, and I don’t care about it now,” Bilzerian said when questioned about his thoughts on Polk.
“I’ve built my poker career on idiots like him [Polk] thinking that I’m bad. At the end of the day, the scoreboard in poker is your bank account so I’m much better than Doug Polk. I’ve won way more money than he has so he can jerk off with solvers and maybe he’s the best online guru or whatever, but I’ve won more money so…”Dan Bilzerian
Bilzerian vs. Polk
Bilzerian has previously gone on record on the Joe Rogan show claiming to have won over $50 million in a year playing in lucrative high stakes private games. The problem with this claim, however, is that it’s unprovable. There is no way of verifying if Bilzerian’s claims of winning millions in private games are actually true.
Polk on the other hand, played primarily online before officially retiring from the game, and regularly streamed heads-up games where he won consistently. Polk has also won several high-profile heads-up matches.
Back in 2013 Polk defeated Ben “Sauce123” Sulsky over 15,000 hands winning $740,000 plus an additional $100,000 for winning the match.
Polk is widely considered one of the best online heads-up players, and also took on and defeated AI poker bot Claudico with fellow players Dong Kim, Jason Les, and Bjorn Li back in 2015.
Then there was the recent high-profile heads-up match against Daniel Negreanu that concluded in February. Polk won $1.2 million from Negreanu over 25,000 hands of $200/$400 No-Limit Hold’em to bring his total heads-up challenge winnings close to $2 million. If you were to include money won in side bets as well, this figure is closer to $2.6 million.
Then there is the fact that Bilzerian’s best and only live tournament result is $36,626 for an 180th place finish in the 2009 World Series of Poker Main Event.
By comparison, Polk’s live tournament winnings stand at an impressive $9,454,008 and include three WSOP bracelet wins, with his biggest score coming in the 2017 $111,111 No Limit Hold’em – High Roller for One Drop.
If you visit the YouTube page for the GGPoker Bilzerian video, the first pinned comment is from Polk stating “challenge accepted”. While we think it unlikely that Bilzerian will put his money where his mouth is, we know who we’d be betting on, and it wouldn’t be the self proclaimed king of Instagram.