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    Airball just coming right back at Berkey on Twitter, claiming Berkey lost $100k today.

    https://twitter.com/#!/x/status/1641970488137363457

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    Been out of the loop a bit the last week. I saw Druff taking shit because he was inquiring about Airballís sudden influx of huge money. Thought this tweet and Garrett chiming in was interesting.

    https://twitter.com/#!/x/status/1642198532202565633

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    Quote Originally Posted by JeffDime View Post
    Been out of the loop a bit the last week. I saw Druff taking shit because he was inquiring about Airballís sudden influx of huge money. Thought this tweet and Garrett chiming in was interesting.

    https://twitter.com/#!/x/status/1642198532202565633
    Nick Vertucci said on Twitter Spaces last night that Airball made his money from home games and quit his job.

    Garrett should go back into hiding until he pays back the $135,000. I just don't see how he can show his face in a poker room until that happens.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Small_Banana View Post

    Nick Vertucci said on Twitter Spaces last night that Airball made his money from home games and quit his job.

    Garrett should go back into hiding until he pays back the $135,000. I just don't see how he can show his face in a poker room until that happens.
    Vertucci has proven to be a total gasbag. That is of course the best narrative for HCL & Nick. We have heard that story before. I donít believe it. I donít give much of a shit, I just donít like being bullshitted.

    Perkins made a great case for Garret to at least enter arbitration on Only Friends. The whole cast kept their mouth shut for the most part. Polk never said anything about what Garrett should do with the money and in the recent past neither has Berkey. Many top pros may have said so it should be returned in the past, but I donít see many really pushing that narrative now.

    Garrett has made it crystal clear heís not returning the money and has blocked people who have even inquired about it. I donít think everyone is necessarily afraid to say something. Itís just so clear Garrett is not returning the money that itís almost a waste of time talking about it anymore. There is some major Robbi fatigue as well. I agree with Perkins and most probably do as well. Itís just not happening. Every stream outside HCL will do just about anything to get him on stream. People will move on from the dough imho.
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    a young, small stakes player from a few years ago is suddenly a huge baller with seemingly unlimited funds.


    Doesn't this describe Rampage and Mariano?

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    https://twitter.com/#!/x/status/1642303212123467778



    I'm sure it was just a coincidence he was in the bathroom at the same time as Nik.

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    If this whole thing is a giant April Fools joke, it's one of the best ones ever.

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    So they've been playing every day at Resorts World. It started on April 1, and went for 3 straight days. I guess they took Tuesday off.

    Berkey is up a little bit at the moment:

    https://twitter.com/#!/x/status/1643138118630141953



    Landon Tice has been posting a few updates, and a few hand histories, but he's very bad at it. Wish they had someone else reporting this stuff.

    Anyway, one controversy has involved Nik Airball's bathroom breaks. He is repeatedly going to the bathroom for "breaks" every day, averaging about 10 per session. In the first one, Berkey saw he was actually meeting with that buddy he originally in the room (@The_Brownballa on Twitter). LOL!


    Amazingly, despite them supposedly playing until a million dollars are lost on each end, or until the duration of the match is over (with a $10k penalty for quitting early), there's no money being escrowed.

    Berkey is now concerned that he's being "reverse freerolled" -- and that Airball doesn't actually have a million dollars. Good point, and it's amazing that Berkey agreed to this without having the million dollars escrowed somewhere.

    I suppose you could argue that this is still +EV for Berkey even if Airball is lying about having a million, because he still gets to play a supposedly inferior opponent heads up at high stakes, and the chips on the table are all backed by real money (there's no credit involved).

    Still, the whole million dollar thing was dumb to establish if there's no escrow. I also don't know why the quitting penalty ($10k) was so laughably low.

    https://twitter.com/#!/x/status/1643369138256240640

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    Quote Originally Posted by simpdog View Post
    AI is crazy good with voice.

    SS must be all twitchy thinking of the possibilities

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    Yeah well done video. Is this the first (partially) AI-generated poker video we've seen?

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    Airball is now up on Berkey by a little.

    Details here: https://www.pokernews.com/news/2023/...date-43391.htm


    In other news, Doug is claiming that he hates Berkey because Matt "lied about" Doug's business. While I did see Doug's video showing Berkey saying inaccurate things about The Lodge, that's not the origin story for why Doug hates Berkey. Doug has been bashing him for years, so there must be more to it.

    https://twitter.com/#!/x/status/1648287283248873472
    https://twitter.com/#!/x/status/1648299386001141760
    https://twitter.com/#!/x/status/1648291990457446403
    https://twitter.com/#!/x/status/1648298135985217537


    A little later, Doug did admit that this story "wasn't the entire timeline":

    https://twitter.com/#!/x/status/1648293487530344450

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    In the meantime, Eric Persson is trying to inject himself into this, and the community isn't going for it. This latest "challenge" was met with mostly negative responses.

    https://twitter.com/#!/x/status/1648093357174865921

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    I’m sure Polks issues have zero to do with the whole they both run competing poker training sites

     
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    Srslysrs is the trump card in all of this. Held by Polk. Dude has skills.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tigerpiper View Post
    Srslysrs is the trump card in all of this. Held by Polk. Dude has skills.
    Srsly made two very good videos during this whole battle -- the bashing of Solve for Why and the recent AI-generated Rounders parody.

    However, I don't think that's going to be enough to save Doug here. While Srsly's first video temporarily turned the tide back over to Doug's favor, Doug is now shooting himself in the foot again.

    As I said on radio, Doug's whole "MUH EMPLOYEES" justification for attacking Berkey is fooling nobody, and is just angering people. While Berkey is seen by some as an arrogant douche, there's no question that he's got a great reputation for honesty and integrity. Additionally, it is clear to most people that Berkey is playing defense here -- people are attacking him, not the other way around. And that's consistent with Berkey's entire brand, where he really doesn't pick fights with others in the industry.

    Doug is coming off as a bully here, and what's even worse, he's not even being honest about his motivations. Instead of just plainly stating, "I've never liked Berkey and always thought he was a douche for X and Y reasons", we are getting these lol excuses about how he's just trying to protect his employees from Berkey's criticism of The Lodge. For a guy who is usually straightforward and direct, Doug is being surprisingly disingenuous here. It's like he's afraid to admit he just plain hates Berkey and always has, so he had to dig for a flimsy reason to justify the most recent wave of attacks on him.

    Doug would be best advised to just drop this whole matter with Berkey. And if he doesn't want to drop it, at least be honest that he's simply attacking a guy he's never liked. The "I'm doing it for the people working for me" is just off-putting to read, and nobody is buying it.

    It is possible that, when this whole thing is over, everyone will come out looking worse. If Berkey loses to Airball, he will forever be dogged by allegations of being a phony and a fish. Airball already has turned off a ton of people with his behavior, win or lose. Doug has already turned off a lot of people -- including longtime fans -- with his weird obsession with attacking Berkey. Eric Persson has long jumped the shark, and people are tired of his chest-pounding roided "I'm keeping it real and I own 27 casinos" routine.

    What a mess.

     
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    dog pok is gay, poker is gay, whoever this black airbud guy is, is gay, srslysrs is gay but he's good with video and kinda funny, unban ss, don't be gay

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