Despite being retired, again, Doug Polk is rarely out of the poker spotlight these days. Last week there was the broadcast of him making one of the great televised folds and he ended the week causing a stir, as he often does.
He was live streaming the Fedor Holz vs WIktor Malinowski first round heads-up match on GGPoker on Friday night when he started to smell something fishy. He felt like the two men were not playing well at all against each other, so much so that he accused them of rigging the match.
So perplexed by the match he was that he actually ended the stream before the contest finished, accusing it of being a rigged match presumably done for publicity for GGPoker. As usual, David Lappin captured the key moments for us:
In the end, @UpswingPoker cut their coverage of Fedor ???? Limitless early (though not as early as this edit suggests) as @DougPolkVids felt like the match was staged.
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— ???? David Lappin ???? (@dklappin) March 5, 2021
While many of us assumed that the build up to this match might have been a little bit staged to generate a bit of hype, accusing the two men of essentially chip dumping to one another is a bold statement. Especially as there was a betting market on the event where poker fans had money riding on it. Over $100,000 was wagered with one single $50,000 bet.
However, some poker players have pointed to this in itself potentially being something of set-up, and Polk is trying to goad Malinowski into playing heads-up against his coach ‘clickered777’:
Strong words from @clickered777 on the stream, challenging @Iimitless2 to a high stakes match. Calls him overated and quote “kind of a bitch”.
— Doug Polk (@DougPolkVids) March 5, 2021
Challenging @Iimitless2 to any stakes upto 500/1k online. Match can be played with a 360 cam setup (similar to the one in Doug vs Dnegs) with a judge reviewing the footage afterwards. ????????
— Clickr (@clickered777) March 3, 2021
The most plausible explanation is that Polk was just confused to see so many high stakes mistakes that he himself would never make. He even backtracked afterwards on Reddit and suggested his opponents were just drunk (both were drinking during the match) or simply weak at heads-up compared to the standard he was used to.
What did you think of the match? Let us know in the comments: