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Sep 20, 2013

Sauce1234, WCGRider to do battle in Full Tilt High Stakes Challenge

By RTR Dennis

Sauce 1234 WCG Rider Full Tilt Ben Sulsky Douglas Polk

Sauce 1234 WCGRider Full Tilt Ben Sulsky Douglas Polk

Over the years, there have been plenty of great heads-up online poker challenges, including Isildur1 vs. Isaac Haxton, Isildur1 vs. Negreanu and Tom Dwan vs. Patrick Antonius. Now, Ben "Sauce123" Sulsky and Douglas "WCGRider" Polk are hoping that their recently announced Full Tilt Poker challenge will be just as epic as the other HU matches.

These two high stakes poker legends are set to play 15,000 hands at $100/$200 NL Hold'em stakes. Both players have made a prop bet that whoever is ahead at the end of 15k hands will receive an additional $100,000.

The poker community may be rolling their eyes at this match-up because past high-profile challenges, such as Dwan vs. Antonius, have failed to reach a conclusion. But Polk and Sulsky seem very serious about making their challenge go the distance, and they're even discussing a contract to avoid delays. Their goal is to finish the 15,000 hands by the middle of October.

Assuming this challenge does indeed finish, it'll definitely be entertaining. Sulsky comes into the match with amazing credentials, having topped all online poker players last year with $4 million in profits. He began playing poker while on a college spring break trip to Mexico. Sulsky immediately became enamored with the game and studied every piece of poker strategy in sight. After just one year of playing online, he'd made over $1 million in profits.

Polk has a similar rags-to-riches story since he started out in 2007 with a $20 deposit. Beginning in the $0.01/$0.02 stakes, WCGRider quickly built his bankroll and moved up the limits. Despite his humble beginnings, Polk has made nearly $1 million in profits at PokerStars. Now he'll be hoping to add to his winnings during the big challenge against Sulsky.