A fixture in Las Vegas for the last 10 years, poker player and former poker YouTuber Doug Polk has decided to leave Sin City. The move comes after months of planning to leave the city for other opportunities. His original timeframe was pushed back due to the Negreanu vs Polk heads-up match.
The latest update on his ongoing move came through a Tweet:
Today is my last day living in Las Vegas. Moved here over a decade ago with just a few thousand to my name, and a dream to play poker for a living. Still hard to believe how it all shook out, couldn't be more grateful for the life I've gotten to live.
To the next chapter 🍻
— Doug Polk (@DougPolkVids) March 25, 2021
What’s next for Polk?
Doug Polk leaving Nevada has been on his mind for quite some time. In January, Polk revealed on Twitter that he intended to leave the city for “somewhere more reasonable long term.”
Once Las Vegas is in the rearview mirror, he plans to spend a couple of weeks touring the country before deciding on a more permanent place to live. Although a final decision has not yet been made, Polk indicated that one city is a favorite — Austin, Texas. Polk previously asked his Twitter followers to “shill” other places to move with a shortlist of requirements that included being in the US, no state income tax or very low state taxes.
The move seems to signal that he will be less involved with poker in the future and that a heads-up match against another opponent (Dan Bilzerian – we can dream) might prove to be more difficult. His role as the head of Upswing Poker appears as though it will remain unchanged.
Could poker still be in the mix?
This is not the first time Polk has made a major move to distance himself from poker. The player famously announced that he was retiring from playing poker in 2019 and from poker YouTube videos in early.
Of course, we went on to do both of those things in grand fashion and ended up playing one of the most highly-anticipated heads-up matches in the history of poker against Daniel Negreanu. The Negreanu vs Polk heads-up match lasted from November to February and captivated poker fans everywhere, with tens of thousands tuning in each day to the various live streams, recaps and reports.
Polk dominated Negreanu over the 36 days of the heads-up match. Due to the success of the challenge, many wondered — including Polk himself — who he might want to play next. At one point, Polk suggested that he would be open to battle other notable players such as Dan Bilzerian heads-up, and in fact, pretty much any other player.
While Polk doesn’t appear to be ruling out future matches, moving to a place like Texas would seem to make that much more difficult. Texas has live poker but does not have online poker and is not expected to anytime soon.
What happens next with Polk could be anybody’s guess, but if we have learned anything from Polk is that you shouldn’t count him out and don’t expect him to be fully done with poker.