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High-Stakes Online Poker Player Crowned Scrabble World Champion

Nosebleed Cash Game Pro David Eldar Wins MSI World Championships


Australian poker pro David Eldar was crowned the new World Scrabble Champion at an event in London in late August.

Eldar, who resides in the U.K., won $11,000 for his efforts at the Mind Sports International (MSI) World Championships. He outlasted a field comprised of players from 26 countries to take home the title. Eldar has more than $200,000 in lifetime tournament poker earnings, but his earnings on the internet are what is truly impressive about his poker resume.

Eldar, 27, is up nearly $1.7 million playing nosebleed cash games on PokerStars, according to tracking site HighstakesDB. His game of choice is pot-limit Omaha. He’s in the black about $1.6 million on Full Tilt, playing primarily no-limit hold’em.

He’s played under the screen names “POKERBLUFFS” and “Deldar18”, per HighstakesDB. Eldar is still active to this day on PokerStars. The largest pot of his career came back in 2009 when he scooped a $400,000 hand with aces against Patrik Antonius’ A-K.

Prior to his success in the biggest online games in the world, Eldar reportedly was up “several million dollars” playing $10-$20 no-limit hold’em, which is considered mid-stakes.

Back to Scrabble.

Per a report from, at the end of the tournament Eldar beat Sri Lankan-born Harshan Lamabadusurilya 3-0 in a best-of-five match. He placed the word “carrels” (a cubicle desk) to score 74 points and win the prestigious title. Eldar currently has the second highest Scrabble rating in the world, according to the WESPA International Rankings.

Eldar began playing Scrabble about 14 years ago and was a youth champion back in 2006.