It doesn’t surprise a lot of us that doing one thing for a long time can lead to boredom, but if it allows one to earn money, then it wouldn’t be such a bad thing, right? However, for one poker pro, he believes he’s done playing the game. In fact, he even announced it in his Youtube channel recently.
Doug Polk said he doesn’t enjoy playing poker anymore, and because of that, he said he’s done with the game he had professionally played for almost 10 years.
The 2017 WSOP One Drop High Roller champ is going to ‘hang up his cards’, at least for now. Even though he had publicly announced his poker retirement somewhat, he clarified that he would probably play again at some point in the future.
The Upswing Poker founder said in his Youtube video, “This doesn’t mean I’m never going to play poker again. 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.”
Is it really retirement from poker, or not?
Polk almost went all the way to officially announcing his retirement from poker, but was able to make some things clear. He of course doesn’t want to end up doing what Vanessa Selbst did, who retired only to come back to a poker tournament weeks later. If Polk had announced a solid retirement and then everyone sees him playing next month, for sure some poker fans will come swooping in to criticize.
One of the most memorable ‘retirements’ that the poker world had so far this year was from Doyle Brunson, who announced on Twitter that he was joining this summer’s WSOP $10,000 2-7 Lowball Draw Championship and noted it “might be” his last, which led to poker news reporters to speculate that he was retiring.
When Brunson managed to get 7th place (for $43,963), poker fans and media expressed their heartfelt farewells to him. He told reporters that his wife has been ill and wants to spend more time with her at home. However, a lifelong poker gamer can’t just walk away from the game forever.
After the WSOP tournament, Doyle Brunson was seen sometime in Bobby’s Room at the Bellagio playing high-stakes cash games throughout the rest of summer. When asked, he said there has been some misunderstanding – he said he may no longer be playing at the WSOP in the future. He didn’t mean he’s going to retire from playing poker altogether.
As for Doug Polk, he may have been too quick in announcing to the whole world his desire to retire from poker, but he’s making it known that it’s not really final, just in case he changes his mind. In his video, he did mention that he’ll still be featuring poker videos ‘from time to time’.
He recently finished a 2-year $100-to-$10,000 bankroll challenge on WSOP.com, which could very well be the last time his fans can get to see him play poker.
A change in career perspective
After 10 years of playing poker, the 29-year-old Doug Polk said he’s ready for a change in his life. He said he has plans for his future that did not involve grinding at the poker tables. He said, “You know, I’m not going to play poker anymore. That’s a chapter in my life story that’s coming to a close. I had a great time. I had a blast. Poker has given me so much.”
He will still make more Youtube videos but will no longer heavily focus on poker and cryptocurrency content like he did in the past.
The 3-time WSOP winner will instead focus on mainstream topics. He owns the Upswing Poker training site and CoinCentral, a cryptocurrency advice and news website.
Doug Polk is going to celebrate his 30th birthday three months from now. His poker portfolio shows he has $9.4 million in lifetime live tournament wins, 3 WSOP bracelets, and is deemed as one of the best heads-up specialists in online poker.
Why not. He is playing poker since he was 19 years old. He is a success story in the world of poker, has made money. Why not doing something else, playing occasionally poker. A good game that you can make money with, but to be honest it is too boring, to be your whole world for the rest of your life... I wonder how so many people are stuck with it, for that long...
It is very true that when you no longer enjoy what you are doing then stop doing it and same for poker too but bad that such big talented player is quiting at such very young age. A lot of people would pay big to be able to play poker like he do. Not many can turn $100 into $10000 as you can see in his video...
Boy - do I want to be a burn out pokerpro with a seven figure rich bank account, a popular youtube channel and a couple titles under my belt. Such hard things to suffer through, amiright??? Maybe it's not for long, maybe just until he burns through his money altogether.
If a professional poker player says he's leaving this game and he does not respect what did he say, then it means that man has no credibility. Vanessa Selbst does not have that. Maybe Doug Polk is more serious and he will leave the world of poker. We will see if he will play or not in future.
I personally not understand this retirement thing from doug popk when he also say that he not completely retire judt for some time also can play in future so this is nit retire but only break i think and sometime people need breao it is not bad thing
Posted by Gerimantas: I personally not understand this retirement thing from doug popk when he also say that he not completely retire judt for some time also can play in future so this is nit retire but only break i think and sometime people need breao it is not bad thing
Yeah its not really a retirement just a long break. Not the first time he was interpreting something like this unusual tbh.
I also think that if you want to retire just retire not nees to say this on YouTube Facebook or order commercial on television, why you want for all people to kniw you retire, it is your problem and you do what you want. This is my opinion about this situation
Doug Polk is a person who have to announce about his retire. He has a channel on youtube with 217.000 followers and has more fans who should know this. I think he has to respect these fans and it's normal to announce this.
Doug Polk can create movies with strategy, to continue with his channel on youtube. If it does not happen, then the channel will enter in a big fall. It's not the only case, often happens on that site but it would be best to let him know what he will do next with that channel. I mean his fans because i personally do not like his channel, or maybe i did not see what i needed.
And the truth is that if sometimes much of the same tires and you seek to do new things in life, but if you made a good sum of money you could do what you want ... I wish I had a part only what all the good poker players, everything you could do as trips, know other places and other
he have enough money earned from poker that he can stop playing poker and just to enjoy in life!he did it as very young and now he is in best years to spend it and make life as he want!didnt know that he had so many winnings at poker tables!its very big amount!
I think personally that people have to do what they really want, if it is situation that he wants to stop playing, goof stop then ,but if you wajt to start again start, no problem here. Many unknown people do this all time but different here is only because he is known player
People if they want to learn strategy for poker hold'em texas or omaha, they can search the internet in many places with money or free. Doug Polk is not the only one who offers such a thing. If his fans or amateurs will pay, will receive good lessons, do not have to watch only on youtube.
Posted by Gerimantas: I think personally that people have to do what they really want, if it is situation that he wants to stop playing, goof stop then ,but if you wajt to start again start, no problem here.
I know I know. Hell, if he wants to just coach the rest of his life he could still easily make a living out of it but then why make a big deal about it on the internet?
Well, for me pokher is just like any other game or video game I played in my life. Sometimes I feel like playing and sometimes I don't. Sometimes I stop for 6 months untill the motivation comes back then I start playing again. In my experience, if you play too much of something you'll eventually get bored of it in the long run.
You have to have different passions, and not abuse the stuff you love otherwise you might not love it for long. Just try to be a well-rounded human being and always try to find new stuff that you like to do because old hobbies can get old
Well everything depends on what you plan to do, suddenly start a family and you need time for it, and I already form a bank account for it, also says that it will come back in the future we can take it as a sabbatical year, that it will be successful in everything that is projected into your life
I think he's bored with this world of poker and for lost time online or when playing live. To be honest with a few million dollars you can do a lot. You can move into a beautiful mountain area or in an area where you have the ocean close. It is possible for him to return to poker, if he does not have big plans.
I think that he build a big academy, the Upswing, that sells a different kind of learning material on all supported type, that depends a lot of his winner´s image. So I think that he is trying to keep his image without any bad news and spend his time establishing his company. When it could work alone, he will return to the tables
I do not know what plans Doug Polk has but i saw that he was retiring for a while, not definitively. I understand when he says he's bored with poker but he can deal more with his personal life. It is ugly to have money and not spend time in different places in the world as a tourist. I would do that but he does not know what he wants. He's a very good player, if he has won millions dollars from poker.