Poker Pro Brian “sbrugby” Townsend Down $2.8 million In 2010May 21, 2010 7:17 am
Brian “sbrugby” Townsend’s year has continued its downwards trend and the CardRunners instructor currently finds himself in the hole a massive $2.8 million for 2010, effectively wiping out his estimated $2.4 million profit from the year before.
Things started to go awry for the internet pro after having his Red Pro status at Full Tilt Poker suspended for a month late last year, having admitted to Data Mining against Isildur1.
After making his return to the site this year, Townsend hit some major turbulence in his online game and dropped $314k over 27,096 tracked in January and $1.3 million over 22,132 tracked hands in February, to get off to the worst possible start.
Despite then managing to stabilise the situation a little, over the past three weeks Townsend has had to endure some heavy losses once more, this time
dropping $482,000 to Ilari “Ziigmund” Sahamies over a 90 minute period, and then a few days ago another $620,000, to Sahamies, Gus Hansen and David Oppenheim.
In total, Brian “sbrugby” Townsend is now down $2.8 million in 2010, with $1 million lost playing Omaha, and the additional $1.8 million in HORSE.
Brian “sbrugby” Townsend has made a tidy living out of poker since turning pro, but during that time he has still had to cope with the inevitable downswings the game consistently throws at high stakes players.
In fact, it was his major downswing of $3.5 million back in 2007 that led Brian to withdraw his funds from his Full Tilt Poker account, quit the high stakes PLO game and turn his attentions to the mixed games. He subsequently decided on the prudent move of leaving $50k in his account and building his bankroll back up starting from the $20/40 and $40/80 levels.
As Townsend explained at the time; “The thought of losing everything I made this year or in the past year on such a downswing sickens me…To be honest I guess I am getting a bit older and am not willing to take the risks that I once was. I used to not mind the thought of losing a lot and grinding back up, but now I have no desire to have those swings in my life as they are incredibly stressful.”
Unfortunately for Brian he would seem to be in the midst of one of those ‘sickening swings’ once more and will be hoping that the light at the end of this particular tunnel is not too far away.