Doug Polk Leaving Las Vegas
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Is Doug Polk Leaving Las Vegas?

High Stakes Feud contestant Doug Polk hinted Monday that he will likely relocate from Las Vegas to another U.S. city in upcoming months.

The announcement came just before the three-time WSOP bracelet winner played the “most wild, sick, and crazy Day 29 session” — in which Polk extended his grudge match lead over GGPoker ambassador Daniel Negreanu to just over $700,000.

The 2015 Brains vs. AI winner has already received hundreds of replies from poker players and fans by Monday evening local time.

Former PokerStars Director of Communications Michael Josem offered a quick reply that Texas or Florida would meet Doug’s criteria.

Doug has also clarified that — if he decides to make the move — a city somewhere else in Nevada would not be in the cards.

The states of Tennessee, Alaska, New Hampshire, Indiana, Wyoming, and South Dakota are also off the list.

Could Polk’s Anticipated Move Impact the #PokerVerse Power Center?

A decision to vacate Polk Palace would be unlikely to result in any significant “shake-up” in the Las Vegas poker entertainment realm.

Dozens of high profile televised poker personalities remain in Nevada, while coordination of outreach associated with online poker “events” and “marketing” has transitioned into community-oriented dispatch/distribution of relevant content — assisted by open competition between PokerStars and GGPoker.

Additionally, Las Vegas card rooms (at least the ones that have re-opened or will at some point in the future) are in a position in which they depend far more on government permissions than customers in order to operate.

However, the Upswing Poker co-founder’s potential relocation to Texas or Florida could have a noticeable impact on the promotion of land-based poker games in either of those regions — and possibly aid in a renewed push for legalization of online poker in one of those states.

With that said, there is no indication at this time regarding whether or how Doug Polk would engage with those communities upon arrival.

The state of Washington is notoriously unfriendly to online poker players and sports bettors.

Polk and Negreanu Get High Marks from Phil Galfond

Despite pre-match concerns that the duo would be unable to come to terms, Doug and Daniel have played more than 17,000 hands since their televised High Stakes Feud kickoff session at the PokerGO Studio on November 4th.

Negreanu and Polk have provided informative and entertaining insight for poker fans worldwide since the grudge match began… even impressing Run It Once Poker executive and grudge match savior Phil Galfond.

The High Stakes Feud match resumes Wednesday, January 20th, at 2:30pm Pacific Time on WSOP Nevada.

Read More BestBetUSA Poker Coverage

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