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Las Vegas High-Stakes Poker Grudge Match Ends In Seven-Figure Win

Matt Berkey Beats Nikhil 'Airball' Arcot For $1,029,700 Heads-Up


Matt Berkey on High Stakes PokerWhile many in the poker world continue to explore their feelings on Twitter, Matt Berkey settled his beef with Nikhil ‘Airball’ Arcot on the felt, scoring a seven-figure win in their heads-up grudge match.

The 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. The match would continue for a scheduled 100 hours, 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.

According to posts on social media, Berkey won $350,000 on the last day, and the final hand was a set over set situation.

Berkey would have kept playing, however Arcot had enough and congratulated his opponent with a handshake.

“He played well,” Arcot admitted afterward.

Nikhil 'Airball' ArcotThe match originally stemmed from some bad blood between the two players, with Arcot trash talking Berkey’s poker training business and questioning his skills. Tensions spilled over at a Bellagio cash game where the two bumped chests, and it continued onto the PokerGO set during Arcot’s drunken session on High Stakes Poker.

Arcot has no shortage of pros who want to play him, including former Hustler Casino Live star Garrett Adelstein, who would like to come back from his poker hiatus for a $500-$1,000 match.

Meanwhile, Arcot plans to quickly get back on the horse with a $1 million buy-in cash game scheduled for May 27-29.

*Photos courtesy of PokerGO / Antonio Abrego