Doug Polk retires from poker

As one streaming star calls time on poker another one rises to new heights (and a third one makes a nice check back).

Polk quits poker

He may be one of the pioneers of poker on YouTube and one of the biggest stars of the game in the last few years, but it is no secret that Doug Polk has been less interested in poker recently. 

Yesterday in his latest (and possibly last) poker video he officially announced he would no longer be playing the game. After playing the $300,000 Super High Roller Bowl this year he found he no longer had the fire in the belly for poker anymore and instead wanted to concentrate on other things, like his mainstream news & comedy channel.

Retirement is a fickle thing in poker, which Doug said himself and he has not ruled out at return at some point (Retirement announcement starts at 22 minutes). 

Lex breaks his Twitch record

As one streaming star calls time on his career another one is positively booming. Lex Veldhuis ran very deep in the WCOOP Main Event Day 2 last night, coming 58th for $28,632. 

This meant he had a new stream record of 33,380, having not beat 20,000 previously. Had he ran any deeper, surely he would have broken Jason Somerville's record of over 37,000 viewers?

There is a really good chance he can still do that tonight as he will be streaming himself in the final $25,000 High Roller event - his biggest ever buy-in on Twitch. 

Check back of the year?

Finally, a hat tip to Jeff Gross for this soul read where he checked back the nut full house: 

Will Doug return? Let us know in the comments:

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  • olorunshogo24


    comedy chanel
  • CucumbaMan


    Congrats to Doug. Not sure about the retirement stuff. Fedor and Charlie Carrel retired already, but they are still playing. :)
  • d1amondhaze


    my god this badbeat on lex made me sad xD
  • OldSchoolPapa


    As long Polk enjoys what he is doing there's nothing wrong with that. Besides he can still play from time to time just for the fun of it. To be Happy in life is the most important. If you play poker without feeling fulfillment anymore it's a waste of time and energy. GL Doug
  • deralte71


    brutal bad beat for Lex :-(
  • monte86


    I'm sorry for Lex. But it's a total usual bad beat on Pokerstars...
  • gorgo80