Rough Poker Year Continues for Brian Townsend


May 20, 2010 by · Leave a Comment 

A rocky end to 2009 has turned into an expensive year for poker pro Brian Townsend, as the player known as “srugby” continues to take a beating at the online poker tables. Starting with a suspension of his Red Pro status at Full Tilt Poker to begin this year, Townsend has seen the cards go against him, with recent losses of nearly $600,000 pushing his total deficit for the year to a whopping $2.8 million.

Townsend lost his Red Pro status for one month due to his part in a hand collecting and possible collusion scheme with fellow pros Cole South and Brian Hastings that led, in part, to Hastings’ record $4.2 million win over Isildur1. Townsend was responsible for collecting the 50,000 hands that the three used to analyze Isildur1 and his playing style, a move that is in direct violation of Full Tilt’s terms and conditions.

Townsend’s luck hasn’t improved since coming off his suspension. He is down an estimated $1 million playing Omaha, and down a staggering $1.8 million in HORSE. The past two weeks have been especially unkind to Townsend, with over $620,000 leaving his bankroll, thanks to unsuccessful bouts with Gus Hansen, David Oppenheim and Ilari “Ziigmund” Sahamies.

Townsend’s battles with Sahamies have been especially unkind. In April, Sahamies took $482,000 from Townsend in a mind-numbing 90 minute session of only 242 hands. Incredibly, this session saw him lose an average of $2,000 per hand.

In spite of his run of bad luck, Townsend does have an inspiration. Fellow high-stakes pro Patrick Antonius started the year off very badly, losing over $4 million in the first six weeks. Since then, he has stormed back to actually post a profit for the year. When the cards turn for Brian Townsend, it is quite possible that he will do the same.

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