Doug Polk has made an impressive run in the Lodge Main Event, busting out in 4th place and banking $142,000 for his efforts. Regularly, this would not be much of news for a player of Polk’s stature, but the fact he is a part-owner of the Lodge Card Club has made it a bit controversial.
The ambitious $2M guaranteed Main Event ended up with quite a bit of an overlay, but Polk’s deep run will soften the blow somewhat.
While Doug’s tweets about the tournament were meant primarily as trolls (something he’s become quite notorious for), some of his followers expressed genuine concerns about one of the club owners playing in the tournament.
While these complaints have some merit, Polk has become the main face of the Lodge, and his presence at the club is a big draw for many poker fans out there, so this is not much different from sponsored pros playing in events organized by online poker sites.
As for Doug, his only complaint will probably be about failing to go all the way and keep the first Lodge Championship title in-house!