Doug Polk and Phil Hellmuth were among the participants in the latest episode of High Stakes Poker last week on PokerGo.
At one point during the match, Polk and Hellmuth went to head to head, and as you might expect the hand is getting a lot of attention in the poker world, this time due to a fold from Doug Polk. It’s a fold that some are saying may even be the “greatest fold ever.”
The episode was filmed late last year during a break in the early stages of the Negreanu vs Polk heads-up challenge.
How the hand played out
Doug Polk’s T7o started out just like any hand. But after being dealt a flop of Js 9s 8h, Polk suspected something might be up. After thinking on it for a while, Polk theorized that Hellmuth either had him beat for the nut straight or had a lot of equity against him (such as a flush draw or set). After some deliberation, Doug Polk guessed right against Hellmuth’s QTo, while some at the table questioned Polk’s laydown with the second nuts.
Hellmuth did not show his hand during the broadcast, by fortunately cameras were there to capture that Doug Polk made the right play:
Reaction to the hand
In the wake of the fold, poker fans had a variety of things to say about the hand on Twitter:
Admittedly I don’t keep up with NL but based on the Twitter dot com… the Doug polk fold was easy af and everyone would have done the same.
Good riddance to ranges and shit, I’m sick of hearing about em in every $400 opener. We need more of “I put him exactly this”
— Melissa Burr (@burrrrrberry) March 6, 2021
Probably the perfect storm of all that. Hellmuth completely humiliated himself talking Doug into folding that str8 lmao. He should be banned from all big tv cash games going forward.
— Vibes Salesman (@slayAbides) March 4, 2021
At this point, I can’t remember the last time I’ve seen a public take from a well-known poker player about how good someone is (themselves included) that I’ve agreed with.
— Phil Galfond (@PhilGalfond) March 6, 2021
How to watch High Stakes Poker?
Since it obtained the rights in early 2020, High Stakes Poker has been exclusively available on PokerGo. As part of acquiring the brand, you can now watch classic episodes of the first 7 seasons on PokerGo from its original run from 2006 until 2011.
The show also returned with the first new episodes on December 16th, 2021 to critical acclaim for its entertaining action featuring the game’s best. The new episodes feature some returning names (Tom Dwan, Phil Hellmuth, Daniel Negreanu, Phil Ivey) along with some new faces not seen on the original broadcast (Doug Polk, Bryn Kenney).
New episodes are available every Wednesday at 8 PM ET. Poker fans can subscribe to PokerGo, which includes access to dozens of other shows, tournaments and more. Poker fans can sign-up for a month subscription of $14.99, $29.99 for 3 months or $99.99 for 12 months.