Poker players, by nature, are competitive people and that can reveal itself through many types of activities.
You may have heard of David Eldar for playing the high stakes online nosebleed games under the moniker "Deldar18". In late August, he had a victory of a different kind, when he won $11,358 at the Mind Sports International (MSI) World Championship. And while that is a paltry sum compared to his poker winnings, you can be sure that this win satisfied him in a different sort of way. Poker players, by nature, are competitive people and that can reveal itself through many types of activities. For Eldar, achieving the pinnacle of Scrabble success is certainly a feather in the cap.
This is not, by any means, Eldar's first foray into competitive Scrabble. He was winning major competitions as long as fourteen years ago, at the age of 13, when he won the Victoria State Championship. He then won the Youth World Championship in 2006 and Australian National Championship in 2007. He has come close a couple times, but this is his first true world championship title as an adult. He won his final match by beating Sri Lankan-born Harshan Lamabadusurilya 3-0 in a best-of-five series. He played the word "carrells" to score 74 points and secure the victory. Eldar currently has the second highest Scrabble rating in the world, according to the WESPA International Rankings.
No Poker Slouch
For those unfamiliar with his poker abilities, Eldar is definitely no slouch, having won over 3 million dollars in tracked online cash games, according to HighstakesDB. His game of choice is pot-limit Omaha, but he is up a great deal playing no-limit hold 'em as well. The largest tracked hand of his career was in 2009 when he won a $400,000 pot with AA against Patrik Antonius’ AK. He also has about $225,000 in tracked live tournament earnings, including a $181,000 win for placing 5th in the 2009 European High Roller Championship.
Attempted High Stakes Bluff
He isn't afraid to throw a few bluffs down. Here is a video of him attempting to get Billy Jordaneau off 2 pair in the Aussie Millions 2010 Cash Game.
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