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Andrew Beal - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
A 2001 (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2001) Beal began visiting the Bellagio (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bellagio_%28hotel_and_casino%29) in Las Vegas (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Las_Vegas%2C_Nevada) to participate in high stakes poker (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Poker) games, especially heads-up (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Heads-up#H) Texas hold 'em (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Texas_hold_%27em). During several visits between 2001 and 2004, Beal played a syndicate (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Syndicate) of professional poker players known as "The Corporation", which included Doyle "Texas Dolly" Brunson (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Doyle_Brunson), Todd "Darkhorse" Brunson (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Todd_Brunson), Ted Forrest (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ted_Forrest), Jennifer Harman (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jennifer_Harman), Howard "The Professor" Lederer (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Howard_Lederer), Phil Ivey (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Phil_Ivey), Gus Hansen (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gus_Hansen), Barry Greenstein (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Barry_Greenstein), Chau Giang (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chau_Giang), and others.
Beal hoped to force the collective group of pros into such high stakes that their play would be influenced by the amount of money at risk. By the end of their encounters in 2004 (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2004) they were playing $100,000/$200,000 Limit (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Betting_%28poker%29) Texas Hold 'Em (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Texas_Hold_%27Em) heads up with more than $20 million on the table. This story was chronicled in Michael Craig (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Michael_Craig)'s book, The Professor, the Banker, and the Suicide King (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Professor%2C_the_Banker%2C_and_the_Suicide_King): Inside the Richest Poker Game of All Time
While the games outlined in Craig's book ended in 2004, Beal returned to Las Vegas from February 1-5, 2006 to again take on "The Corporation" in a $50,000/100,000 Limit Hold 'Em match at the Wynn Las Vegas (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wynn_Las_Vegas) Casino. Opponents included Todd Brunson (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Todd_Brunson), Jennifer Harman (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jennifer_Harman), Ted Forrest (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ted_Forrest), and others.
On February 5 (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/February_5), 2006 (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2006), Beal was down $3.3 million (USD). He then returned to the Wynn (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wynn_Las_Vegas) a week later, and won approximately $13.6 million from the Corporation during daily poker sessions from February 12-15. (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Andrew_Beal#_note-CraigBluff) The games resumed February 21-23, with Phil Ivey (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Phil_Ivey) representing the Corporation against Beal at limits of $30,000/60,000 and $50,000/100,000. During these three days, Beal lost $16.6 million to Ivey. (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Andrew_Beal#_note-0)
Beal is recognized as the poker player who won more money in a cash game in a single day than any other known poker player. On Thursday, May 13, 2004, at the Las Vegas Bellagio, Beal won $11.7 million from Chip Reese, Hamid Dastmalchi, Gus Hansen, and Jennifer Harman. (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Andrew_Beal#_note-1)