Matt Berkey beats Nik Airball for $1,029,700 in Heads-Up
These two high-stakes poker players started their match in early April, sitting down for $200-$400-$400 heads-up hold’em at the Resorts World poker room in Las Vegas. They agreed that match would continue for up to 100 hours, or unless one player lost seven figures and chose to quit. On Saturday, just nine sessions and 58 hours into their game overall, Arcot found himself down $1,029,700 and proceeded to wave the white flag and congratulate his opponent. “He played well,” Arcot admitted after the game.
The match was a result of some bad blood between the two players when Airball was trashtalking Berkey's poker training. The beef later escalated during a cash game at the Bellagio, and continued into the PokerGO set during Arcot's drunken high stakes at High Stakes Poker.
Lot of well known poker names had something to say about this match on their twitter accounts such as Doug Polk who was on of the instigators of this match-up and Phil Galfond who was the arbitrator for this match.
Airball now has no shortage of pros who want to play him, including Garrett Adelstein, who is one of the key figures of last year's scandal would like to come back from his poker hiatus for a $500-$1,000 match. Should Airball accept his challenge?
Source: cardplayer.com, pokerstrategy.com