The high-stakes cash games are rocking in a heads-up challenge at Full Tilt Poker — it started on Sunday, September 15th. Doug "WCGRider" Polk and Ben "Sauce1234" Sulsky are battling it out with a $100,000 sidebet that the loser pays to the winner in a series of high-stakes, heads-up No Limit Hold'em matches — on top of any winnings at the end of the challenge.
The challenge will unfold over a number of sessions at $100/$200 NLHE according to Full Tilt Poker. If either of the high-stakes stars builds their chip stack to more than 250 big blinds or when the 15,000th hand is complete, the player holding the edge will win the $100,000 sidebet.
"I’m really looking forward to this. It’s hard to get a game with these stakes against anyone nowadays,” Polk said before the start of the match. “Also, I’ve never gotten to play in a challenge-type format, which certainly changes the dynamic substantially. I think that Sauce is definitely a great player, a pioneer of modern-day poker strategy.”
The first session lasted for more than eight hours and Polk drew first blood with a big lead on Sulsky during Sunday's match when he started the challenge with a $227,000 lead.
Sulsky started the biggest pot of the match with a raise to $600 and Polk answered with a three-bet to $2,200. Sulsky never slowed down and touched it up with a four-bet to $4,444. Polk called. The flop brought the . Polk check-called $5,872 to see the hit the turn. In answer to Polk's check, Sulsky bet $12,379 and Polk called. Polk checked when the showed up on the river. Sulsky put all his chips in the middle and Polk insta-called to see Sulsky show down the . The kings were losers because Polk held and flopped a set.
The Full Tilt Poker blog is an up-to-the-minute way to keep track of the match and the report to date is that Polk took down four pots that were bigger than $50,000 and Sulsky took down one. Even though Sulsky had the best hand at the start of the second biggest pot of the match, Polk ran him down on both runs to stack a $71,883 pot. Sulsky was all-in with for $27,341 holding top set on a board of . Polk held the for a flush draw. But spades were in the air when both players agreed to run the river twice! The gave the win to Polk on the first run and the on the second run put the final nail in the coffin — Polk won the whole pot.
The match with Polk and Sulsky resumes on September 18th, Wednesday, at noon ET. It's set to be a three-hour session.
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