Poker players, by nature, are competitive people and that can reveal itself through many types of activities.

    by isnortbooze on October 13th, 2017

    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.

    Scrabble Success
    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.

    50 Thank You Tickets
    What are some games besides poker in which you are competitive? I am giving away 50 Thank You Freeroll tickets to people who comment below. Entries must be received by Wednesday at 9AM EST to qualify.
    Good Luck!

     Filed under: Poker, David Eldar, Scrabble


    yonisit: Hi
    Fri, 10/13/2017 - 20:05

    Hi hi snortbooze :D
    such a great bluff OMG
    anyways how did WSOP went?

    1PEPPER1: Mind games
    Sat, 10/14/2017 - 00:07

    That was an awesome bluff, bet someone was pissed!!! I like to do math and mind puzzles, have a two inch plus book full of Mensa questions that I work on every now and again,, it takes away many hours and is very satisfying to get them right. Im self competitive more than anything but scrabble is a game I too have played for years.

    Sat, 10/14/2017 - 05:23

    Scrabble is my absolute favorite! :) I have played on the ISC for years and been rated for NSA tournament play, but sadly, I have never found my way to an event. If any of you reading this think you can beat me in scrabble, let me know here on this thread, I will play any of you & consider small wagers, too! :)

    I will share a little about myself & why I think Scrabble is my game of choice. My grandparents are deaf, so my father learned sign language before he learned to speak. Communication for my father was much more consuming than the average person. He was the interpreter for his parents, often times signing & speaking for them. I believe that additional form of communication forced my father to be hyper-sensitive to language, which trickled down to me through annoying vocabulary trivia sessions and constant badgering about annunciation. I hated those things at the time, but I will forever be grateful for those lessons on the way to school in the morning.

    He would ask things like " What is the only word in the English language with 3 consecutive double letters in it? "

    Before I could answer he would say, " Wait there are actually 2 words if you add an ING on the end of it "

    " What is the only word with a 'Double U'? "

    " It would behoove you to learn how to enunciate correctly. "

    " A young lady should not speak that way, it is so uncouth. "

    I consider myself, fairly well spoken for an uneducated American. I speak more eloquently than 2 of our last 3 presidents, so that has to count for something, right? *wink*

    For those of you who are wondering about the answers to my father's questions above...

    b{OO}{KK}{EE}per or b{OO}{KK}{EE}ping


    REDSCARFACE: scrab;e really? I know im out
    Sat, 10/14/2017 - 08:34

    scrab;e really? I know im out my line when i say this but isnt that for old people? Hmmm. Love the post snort but think i may need to snort some coke to like the fact this was on betcoin lol. Please dont hate me for my opinions! Love me for who i am.

    jcmillionman: hmmmm...
    Sat, 10/14/2017 - 13:50

    My favorite games besides poker i'm competitive in are monopoly & tonk. To be 100 I compete in all competitions I'm involved in lol cant help it! Very nice topic!!!

    winawyna: Now dat is one helluva bluff
    Sun, 10/15/2017 - 06:43

    Now dat is one helluva bluff right there.. impressive career..nice post scot

    plo8monster: Hillbilly Scrabble :)
    Mon, 10/16/2017 - 04:14

    In Wa state dead of winter we lost power, and for lack of anything better we broke out the scrabble board. My sisters husband was an english major and puzzle wizzard, and we were devastated by an unfair advantage. So we started a a new version called hillbilly scrabble, so that the deep southern words we knew best, could be included. It became game on!
    Tarz = what your car sits on ( for triple letter score z )
    Turned out to be hilarious night of scrabble.


    oriole: Are there still full of multi
    Mon, 10/16/2017 - 18:58

    Are there still full of multi-accounters playing this freeroll?

    Mentat: I think that rather than
    Mon, 10/16/2017 - 22:27

    I think that rather than besides poker, it's worth considering different ways to be competitive in poker, at this time, if you just can't let go, like me.

    So this means, realizing you are never going to win and then adapting to find novel ways to enjoy yourself in a way that's still conducive to "ngaf" syndome aka "not giving a fuck". This probably seems counter productive to many of you that are out there competing. It's certainly possible I have just been led to think this way, so I am not suggesting it's correct, but it does please me in a way that doesn't require me to be something I am not... but it's also unfortunate when I slip up and kill ants or something because I wasn't being conscious.. ya know? But I look for other things in poker. Is this one varying his personalities and patterns? Why? What makes them behave that way? Is this one "coming down" and letting me win a few pots because he felt my flow that moment? What was this one trying to display when he left the table after the previous ven situation? Was their message even in line with which ven I thought I was observing? Is the random number generator throwing out random patterns or am I observing predictable patterns? What type of patterns am I observing?

    It's a well known fact that fighting against alzheimers and a host of other diseases. such as this one, is kept in check by learning new skills. I actually read an entire book on that so yeah, there were some nuns that lived past their 80s and there were some that didn't. I'm not trying to sell you a point on fighting yourself to learn scrabble, but I am saying that sticking to your guns is not always a failure, and sometimes (why am I saying this) sticking to your guns can actually cause a type of devolution that wasn't actually expected. though certainly in more isolated conditions.

    Ticket me plz

    Underworld: I like many games :D
    Tue, 10/17/2017 - 11:46

    I like many card games, there is a game Vist, that is one of my favorite ones. I like risk and monopoly, I like to play CS and LoL on computer. I`m very busy this last couple months and I don`t have enough time to play games like I did before. I hope that will change when winter comes :) I enjoy in many many games, its something that relaxes me :)

    Linux911: Search for @Linux911 on Steemit
    Tue, 10/17/2017 - 16:54

    I compete in Deberts and Chess. Bluffing is a credit!)
    Good luck to all!

    0163908908: Love casino at betcoin
    Wed, 10/18/2017 - 12:05

    Also I enjoyed the dice at betcoin, very interesting, very fair! And casino roulette, revolutions make me excited. At betcoin, I need to find all the necessary stuff.

    minmin88: running is good
    Wed, 10/18/2017 - 12:57

    I like to run sport, everyday I have to run a lot. Every year there is a running competition held in my locality hoping to win, need to have good health, to continue to fight poker.

    isnortbooze: Tickets awarded
    Wed, 10/18/2017 - 13:59

    Congrats and good luck!

    Oldstuff: I compete in the best sport yet.
    Wed, 10/18/2017 - 14:00

    competitive chicken racing.

    Linux911: Search for @Linux911 on Steemit
    Wed, 10/18/2017 - 15:59

    Thank you for the ticket! See you at the tables!
    Good luck to all!

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