While many in the poker world continue to explore their feelings on Twitter, Matt Berkey settled matters with Nikhil ‘Airball’ Arcot at the table, scoring a seven-figure victory in their heads-up match.
The two high-stakes poker players began their game in early April, sitting down for $200-$400-$400 heads-up hold’em at the Resorts World poker room in Las Vegas. The game will continue for the scheduled 100 hours, unless a player misses seven digits and chooses to quit.
After just nine sessions and 58 hours of play on Saturday, Arcot was down $1,029,700 and continued to wave the white flag.
According to social media posts, Berkey won $350,000 on the final day and the final hand was a set over set situation.
Berkey would continue to play, but Arcot had enough and congratulated his opponent with a handshake.
“He played well,” Arcot admitted later.
HU match result: -$1,029,700
Kudos to Berkey. He played well and won the match. I’ll do a longer post in a couple of days.
—Nik Airball (@nikairball) May 7, 2023
The match originally stemmed from bad blood between the two players, with Arcot speaking indecently about Berkey’s poker training business and questioning his abilities. Tensions spilled over to a Bellagio cash game where the two chests collided, and continued on the PokerGO set during Arcot’s drunken session on High stakes poker.
Arcot has no shortage of pros willing to play him, including former Hustler Casino Live star Garrett Adelstein, who would like to return from his poker hiatus for a $500 to $1,000 game.
I would like to officially accept @nikairball challenge me to play $500/$1000+ heads up now that things have settled down a bit at home with my newborn. As he likes to say, enough talking, let’s put it on the table. I will have every penny of my share as requested.
— Garrett Adelstein (@GmanPoker) May 7, 2023
Meanwhile, Arcot plans to quickly get back in the saddle with a $1 million buy-in cash game scheduled for April 12.
58 hours and $1 million later
berkey11</a> steam rolls <a href="https://twitter.com/nikairball?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">nikairball in a high-stakes head-to-head challenge.
We are live at noon to summarize the entire game. pic.twitter.com/FzAJ9CPAmk
— Friends Only Podcast (@OnlyFriends_Pod) May 8, 2023
*Photo courtesy of PokerGO / Antonio Abrego