Featured Upswing Poker pros Ryan Fee and Doug Polk made history Friday by winning the inaugural WSOP Tag Team bracelet event for $153,358. With the victory, 28-year old Fee earns his first-career WSOP bracelet while WCGRider adds a second piece of hardware to his personal collection.
Despite the event’s $1,000 team buy-in, the final table boasted a roster filled with solid talent. The action culminated in a hard fought duel between the champions and their opponents Niel Mittleman, Adam Greenberg and Gabriel Paul.
Fee and Polk, who openly discussed their WSOP Tag Team strategy live on the Upswing Poker Twitch Channel last month, had extremely positive feedback on the unique format of the first-ever substitution-based WSOP bracelet tournament.
“I would play way more tournaments if they were more like this,” Fee stated in his official exit interview. Two-time bracelet winner Doug Polk told the Las Vegas Review-Journal Thursday that “this tournament is maybe even the most fun of any event I’ve ever played.”
Those who tuned-in live to the official WSOP Tag Team Live Stream with Under The Gun podcast host David Tuchman were in for a treat. The live pro was joined by Mark Les (father of Evil Empire member Jason Les).
Papa Cheet had originally agreed to join the live cast for only a few minutes, but immediately gelled on-air with Tuchman and stuck around a couple of hours. Wayne Bonomo (father of high stakes pro and 2014 WSOP Event #11 winner Justin Bonomo) was on hand as well.
Although the two champions celebrated together during a key heads-up hand earlier in the day, Polk actually became the first individual to ever win a WSOP bracelet while participating in a separate event (Source: 2016 WSOP Live Updates Page). The high stakes cash game specialist was busy competing in the $111,111 buy-in High Roller for One Drop charity tournament when Fee showed down the nut flush for the win.
Congratulations to both Ryan Fee and Doug Polk for their win in the 2016 World Series of Poker Tag Team Event!
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David Huber (known as “dhubermex” online) has been involved in the poker industry for more than a decade. He currently assists several poker and gaming entities as a researcher, writer, and consultant. Former Editor-in-Chief & Head Moderator of online tournament rankings site PocketFives (2006-2011).