There it is, the humble brag tweet of the century. How did he win 5 mil in a night you ask?
All In - It started with a simple tweet at 10:08 p.m. Las Vegas time on Friday, January 23, from the account of a little-known poker pro with about 450 Twitter followers: “Andy Beal playing HU 50K/100K with Todd Brunson in Bobby’s Room. I’m about to lose my mind” With that, Kyle Loman became the front-lines reporter for the biggest live-action poker news story of 2015. Granted, it’s only January, so there isn’t much competition for that distinction. But like two pair against an open-ender, it has a pretty good shot at holding up. By the end of 2015, we’ll probably still be marveling over the night Andy Beal returned to Vegas and dropped $5 million to Todd Brunson in a single session. Beal’s earlier battles with “The Corporation,” a conglomerate of the world’s best poker players including Brunson, his father Doyle, Jennifer Harman, Phil Ivey, Howard Lederer, and others, were the stuff of legends and the subject of one of the best poker narratives ever written, Michael Craig’s 2006 release The Professor, The Banker, And The Suicide King. But the Texas billionaire vowed to quit poker after losing $16.6 million to Ivey over three days in February ’06, and indeed, hadn’t been seeing playing against the pros for staggering stakes since.
For those who can’t comprehend this, the stakes they were playing was the small blind was $50,000, the big blind was $100,000. A little different than your home 1/2 game. And Andy Beal, a billionaire, dropped 5 million in a matter of hours. You know that feeling when you drop a grand at the casino and you are like “man, I could have booked a week vacation in Cancun for that money I just lost in 30 minutes playing blackjack”? I guess it’s kind of like that, but enough money to buy your own island. The good news for Beal is he’s a billionaire so 5 million to him is barely worth the money it’s printed on. On the other hand, that grand I dropped kinda hurt so I’d appreciate if you’d buy a ticket to the Vday bar crawl coming up next weekend.
This is the best I could get. Looks about even now at 5 million each pic.twitter.com/I1oA74Liym
— Kyle Loman (@Kloman22) January 24, 2015