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Poker Pro Todd Brunson Wins $5 Million From Billionaire Andy Beal: Reports

Pair Play Heads-Up Limit Hold'em At Bellagio For Massive Stakes


Brunson apparently playing BealHigh-stakes poker player Todd Brunson played billionaire Texas businessman Andy Beal at Bobby’s Room at the Bellagio in Las Vegas over the weekended and took Beal for $5 million, according to at least one observer. Brunson later confirmed the reports via his Twitter account.

According to poker pro Kyle Loman who was at Bellagio during Brunson and Beal’s match, the two were playing what looked like heads-up hold’em with stakes of $50,000-$100,000. Todd’s father, 10-time WSOP bracelet winner Doyle Brunson, was there watching.

The pink chips in the photo (pictured right) are apparently Bellagio $25,000 chips.

Loman said on Twitter that after Brunson felted Beal for the $5 million the two “fist bumped.” That’s not surprising when $5 million is more or less spare change for you.

Beal etched his name into poker history thanks to his losses in 2004-2006 against the “Corporation,” which was a group of poker players that included the likes of Phil Ivey, Jennifer Harman, and the Brunsons. He lost more than $16 million alone in a match versus Ivey.

In order to play Beal at such huge stakes, the poker pros pooled their money together.

The billionaire has pretty much kept out of the poker limelight ever since, but his recent match against Brunson (in public) might indicate that he’s willing to jump back in the ring against some of the best in the world. Beal once said he was quitting poker.

After his match with Beal, Brunson went out to dinner.

Back in 2008, Card Player TV interviewed Brunson about his matches with Beal.