High-Stakes Report: Polk Demolishes Denoking in $740k Session

The ongoing World Championship of Online Poker took some of the action away from the high-stakes cash games last week, but not enough to help Denoking.

In fact he managed to lose all of his 2014 winnings within the week -- mostly in a memorable duel with Doug “WCGRider” Polk.

Polk Puts Blom’s Pal in Place

Contrary to high-roller phenomenons like Trueteller, whose identity still remains completely in the dark, there are already some solid cues about Denoking.

He is supposed to be Bosnian player Denis Bahonjic, who’s been living in Sweden for a long time and is a close friend of Viktor Blom. So close, in fact, that these two never engage in battle.

Lately, though, the two have come together in the basement of the cash-game leaderboard. Blom’s losses at $200k last week were moderate but Denoking really got thrashed.

He lost $650k last week and almost all of it went to American Doug "WCGRider" Polk, who considers himself pretty hard to beat.

He proved it on Thursday. For nine hours straight the two battled and the American ended $740k ahead.

Dan Cates
Jungleman: Just keeps winning.

Surprisingly Denoking did win the 10 biggest pots of the week but still ended up deep in the hole. At the end of last week Denoking’s significant winnings of 2014 were gone.

Cates and Kibler-Melby Roll On

Dan Cates is also having a pretty good time on the felt. Last week he played as w00ki3z on PokerStars and made $160k. On PokerStars alone he has now made more than $500k this year.

Over the year, across all sites, Cates is level with Alexander Kostritsyn with $3.5m in winnings.

Closing in to the top five players on the leaderboard is Cort Kibler-Melby. A $190k profit last week means he's now won $1.9 million this year.

Biggest Hand of the Week

It comes as no surprise that the biggest pot of last week played out between Denoking and WCGRider.

The game was No-Limit Hold’em and the blinds were $200/$400. Denoking opened with a raise to $1,400 and WCGRider 3-bet to $6,800.

Denoking called and even before the flop there was $14k in the middle. The flop came


and it was on. Polk took the lead with a bet of $10k but Denoking raised it to $35k. Polk moved all-in for $260k.

Denoking had $165k behind and he was willing to risk it. Before they went to showdown they agreed to deal the turn and river twice.



Bottom set against flush and straight draw and the money goes in. The two draws went:



None of these cards belonged to Polk’s outs and thus the complete $339k pot went into the bankroll of the player who would then become the loser of the week – Denoking.

Alexander Kostritsyn
Kostritsyn still gold standard for 2014

Biggest Winners of the Week

  • Douglas WCGRider Polk: $+656,472
  • KPR16: $+251,648
  • Cort thecortster Kibler-Melby: $+189,997
  • Chun SamRostan (PS) Lei Zhou: $+168,882
  • Dan w00ki3z. (PS) Cates: $+158,480

Biggest Losers of the Week

  • Denoking: $-657,720
  • Viktor Isildur1 Blom: $-221,108
  • Julius Kagome Kagome Fleischer: $-177,266
  • AthaCliath: $-156,237
  • pandorasbux: $-142,855

Biggest Winners of 2014

  • Alexander PostflopAction Kostritsyn: $+3,445,399
  • Dan jungleman12 Cates: $+2,963,007
  • Alexandre alexonmoon Luneau: $+2,542,194
  • Patrik FinddaGrind Antonius: $+2,143,568
  • Mikael Punting-Peddler Thuritz: $+1,960,727

Biggest Losers of 2014

  • Chun samrostan Lei Zhou: $-6,547,628
  • Gus Hansen: $-5,522,853
  • Julius KagomeKagome Fleischer: $-2,291,829
  • Phil Polarizing Ivey: $-2,276,313
  • Viktor Isildur1 Blom: $-1,692,018
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