Andy Beal Loses $10m Poker Game Against Todd BrunsonJanuary 26, 2015 7:14 pm
In 2006, billionaire businessman Andy Beal said he was done competing against a group of top US poker pros called the Corporation, after blowing $16.6 million against Phil Ivey over an epic three day session. Following that famous battle, Beal said:
“I really feel like I snatched defeat from the jaws of victory. I just feel embarrassed that I stayed too long and got stupid on the last afternoon. My biggest mistake was coming to Vegas in the first place. When I was ahead, I should have made them come to Dallas. I could play for four hours a day and not put myself in that position.”
Last weekend, however, Andy Beal, 62 returned to the arena once more to do battle against one of the original members of the Corporation, namely Todd Brunson, 45, although following the grueling 8 hour session he may have wished he hadn’t. According to a series of messages tweeted by poker pro Kyle Loman, the two men sat down to play 50K/100K Limit Hold’em with $5 million in front of each of them, and by the end of their heads-up affair Loman tweeted:
“Todd just felted Beal. They fist bumped and he left the room. They’re done for tonight. Todd wins 5 million. More updates tomorrow hopefully.”
Although initially unconfirmed, Todd later substantiated the report by tweeting:
“Dinner, darts, drinks very possible tonight. Life is good!!!!!! We came to a nice steak house without a reservation. Big line. They asked if we were celebrating anything. I said yes I won 5 mil yesterday.. They sat us immediately at the nicest table they have. Employees keep coming over saying congrats. Lol”
How much of the $5 million Todd won he will get to keep is uncertain, as it’s possible he may have sought the backing of other pros to raise the money, or alternatively could have turned to his father Doyle Brunson, who has an estimated personal wealth of $75 million, according to celebritynetworth. In the meantime, Andy Beal is unlikely to be too concerned as to his huge loss, either, as the banker and real estate mogul is believed to be worth almost $12 billion.