Doug Polk Decries High-Stakes Players Who No-Show for Televised Games

No poker player needs to be stuck in a stacked lineup. Doug Polk is mad he ended up in a brutal lineup on a Friday Live at the Bike livestream against experts like Dan Smith and Dan “Jungleman” Cates thanks to some players cancelling at the last minute.

Doug Polk “Live at the Bike”

Doug Polk has grown frustrated after players who RSVP’d to play on “Live at the Bike” backed out at the last minute from appearing on a documented episode. (Picture: Upswing Poker)

Polk is not one to privately contact. Instead, he uses his media presence, which includes subscribers and 70,000 Twitter followers, to call wrongdoers out.

Friday’s “Live at the Bike” livestream was planned as a $100/$200/$400 no-limit hold’em cash game with a $500 big-blind ante. But the game never materialized after a players scheduled to appear did not show. Polk wasn’t pleased to figure out the match he expected to play was changed to a stakes PLO format.

Angry Poker Player

Polk played anyway on Friday’s livestream against Smith, Cates, Upswing Poker trainer Ryan Fee, and internet poker crusher Daniel “danmerrrrrr” Merrilees. But with anybody who backs out of a poker match that was televised, Polk shared his displeasure in a Facebook movie from Bicycle Casino in Los Angeles.

“Multiple people who said they would play in this match today have canceled or not shown up or chose not to play or whatever,” he barked to his viewers.

“And I am just starting to get a little concerned about this because if you look at what’s happening in a lot of poker shows, we’re seeing more and more that people say, ‘oh, we’re going to be there to play with this game,’ and then the game comes and then they simply don’t show up or they don’t want to play.”

Polk said he believes harmful to the show and it is rude to the players to back out of a devotion. He also said he knows that poker players want to seek games against weak opponents out. Because a player does not like a tough lineup is an acceptable excuse but he does not think skipping out on a televised appearance.

“If you’re not going to play, just don’t put your f*cking name down,” he suggested, though some social media followers wondered whether maybe Polk just needed a drink.

This is not the first time Polk ended up in an lineup because of participant cancellations. Something similar happened in a recent episode of “Poker After Dark.”

Deficiency of Professionalism?

After Polk called out individual players who cancelled last-minute, some responded on Twitter.

Garrett Adelstein, a regular in the high stakes games on “Live at the Bike,” explained why he could not make it, saying the game had already changed when he arrived.

Josh Macciello, an entrepreneur who admitted he hasn’t played poker in “months,” publicly apologized to Polk and the other players at the table for backing out. He asserts a family event forced his change of plans.

But this tweet from earlier in the day did not age well.

Ryan Feldman, the show’s producer and commentator, was disappointed in Macciello’s decision to cancel at the last minute, and said he “scrambled” to convince the remaining players to play to “save the show.”

Macciello is not a regular poker player. He. Adelstein is. These are the types.

So, when they don’t show and the players are experts that are leading, Polk is understandably going to be upset, even though the viewers could be delighted.

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