Pratyush Buddiga SHRB 2017

Pratyush Buddiga Discusses 2017 Super High Roller Bowl, WSOP and Poker Lifestyle with Doug Polk

Former National Spelling Bee champ revisits million-dollar poker tournament payday.
Timestamps recap of June 11, 2017 appearance on DougPolkPoker YouTube channel.

Super High Roller Bowl sixth place finisher Pratyush Buddiga joined 2017 WSOP High Roller for One Drop bracelet winner Doug Polk Sunday evening for a 70-minute conversation that focused heavily on two key hands from the May 31st SHRB Day 4 PokerGO telecast.

Pratyush, a former Scripps National Spelling Bee champion (2002), collected a $1,000,000 USD cash prize in poker’s showcase $300,000 buy-in tournament. However, the payday was bittersweet for our in-house Upswing Poker Tournament expert, who like any high profile competitor would have much preferred the $6 million first place money eventually awarded to fellow high stakes pro Christoph Vogelsang of Germany.

Doug for his part has taken a few days to allow the $3.68 million USD score sink in, but is back into the swing of YouTube Poker with three days of podcast appearances scheduled ahead of the WSOP Millionaire Maker final table.

  • June 11th – Pratyush Buddiga – 6:00pm (Pacific Time)
  • June 12th – Poker Life Podcast with Joey Ingram – 12:00 Noon
  • June 13th – Fedor Holz – 12:00 Noon


  • Following is a TIMESTAMPS recap of Sunday’s conversational segment between the two Upswing Poker pros, who have earned a combined $15 million USD in live poker tournament cash prize awards to go along with their online poker achievements.

    Pratyush Buddiga SHRB Discussion – TIMESTAMPS (Jun 11, 2017)

    (0:00) Intro
    (0:30) Doug’s “can’t win ’em all” advice for MTTs
    (1:20) Doug’s High Roller for One Drop WSOP tournament win, final table
    (3:35) Pratyush’s experience going deep in 2017 SHRB
    (5:00) Pratyush “gets into the zone” during live poker tournaments
    (6:50) PLP explains his MTT style, mood, analysis, philosophy
    (8:50) Experience in high roller events makes it easier to “get in the zone”
    (10:40) SHRB 2017 Final Table discussion
    (13:00) SHRB 2017 Bubble discussion – structure vs. other high roller tournaments
    (15:10) Big Blind posting entire ante discussion
    (17:00) Pratyush’s big SHRB hand vs. Jake Schindler with 7 remaining

    VIEW FULL HAND HISTORY HERE (Mo Nuwwarah – PokerNews – May 31, 2017)

    (26:00) Doug shoots on Circular Thinking… hand discussion continues
    (32:05) Jake Schindler went to same high school as Ryan Fee
    (33:00) “Jake lives in the woods, and he’s not afraid to chop down some trees.”
    (35:50) High Roller storytelling… Roger Sippl King-Ten blast, James Woods has moves
    (38:40) Pratyush’s Tweet following SHRB 2017 6th Place finish

    (39:40) Pratyush is competitive. Considers poker a competition… doesn’t degen.
    (40:40) Doug reminds us that High Roller poker tournamnets are “here to stay”
    (42:00) Doug shows appreciation for Jimmy Chou, Jason Les, Dong Kim & Pratyush

    Jason Les, Dong Kim, Jimmy Chou, Daniel McAulay and #CoachDoug (Brains vs. AI Poker Challenge – Jan 30, 2017)

    (43:00) Doug is competitive, shoots on reality of “no justice” in poker tournaments
    (44:50) Upswing Poker Tournament Master Class (EXPERT COURSE: $699 USD)
    (47:10) Doug defines the “Doug Strategy”
    (49:20) Think of tournaments like you’re “Painting a painting” with “colors everywhere”
    (50:50) Pratyush has been “looking good,” how he fixed his diet — heaviest was 5’11” 200 lbs.
    (54:00) John Kiefer, fatty meats & Carb Nite Solution
    (54:10) Doug’s #RoundLife temptations stem from eating out… can’t have lil’ piece o’ chicken
    (55:40) PLP Carb Nite Solution wisdom
    (56:00) Jesse Sylvia on board w/ health focus, eating correctly, PLP currently weights 157 lbs.
    (57:50) KFC fingers and eating degeneracy – Doug views nice meal as reward, way to unwind
    (59:40) Live viewer questions
    (1:00:00) Discussion of another hand near SHRB 2017 bubble – Pratyush vs. Jake Schindler

    VIEW FULL HAND HISTORY HERE (Earl Burton – PokerNewsDaily – Jun 1, 2017)

    (1:08:00) Doug’s High Roller for One Drop WSOP 2017 bracelet show & tell
    (1:08:50) Adrian Mateos shout-out, 22 years old and already has three WSOP bracelets
    (1:09:20) PLP shows affection for ribeye, bacon & eggs, protein shakes
    (1:11:00) Recommended Reading – Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance, Sapiens
    (1:12:20) Follow @PratyushBuddiga on Twitter
    (1:12:25) Upcoming schedule in Las Vegas – trip to Japan after WSOP
    (1:12:50) Doug, Fees & Jmo used to visit Japan yearly — sushi love
    (1:13:30) Conclusion

    Free Video Series: The Tournament Workshop by Doug & Pratyush

    The Tournament Workshop is a 4-part series of instructional videos from Doug Polk and Pratyush Buddiga. With combined cashes of over $15 million in live tournaments… these guys have your strategy needs covered.

    Click here to check it out

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