Published on 2007-06-12 22:54:13

If you are a regular reader of Brian Townsend's blog on, you probably noticed that he was frequently updating the results of his high stakes games in Vegas. The game in question originally started out as a High Stakes heads up battle between himself and Sam Farha, playing a mix of Pot Limit Omaha and No Limit Hold'em, and eventually transformed into a short-handed game involving the likes of Patrik Antonius, David Benyamine, Bobby Baldwin and others.

brian townsend - sbrugby - photoTownsend did extremely well over 4 sessions, clearing close to a million dollars. He updated his blog fairly regularly, giving details as to how much he won/lost on any given day, how long his sessions were, etc.

Over the past day, Townsend has removed these posts. The question is, why? There are several possibilities:

1) Townsend suddenly became shy about his winnings, and didn't want the public to know about it. This can't be true, as Townsend still have a blog posting up that says that he won over $2 million dollars over the trip to Vegas.

2) Some of the other winners in the game complained, as they don't want the IRS knowing how much they made. This is possibly true, but I can't see the likes of Bobby Baldwin or Brandon Adams being stupid enough to not give the IRS their slice of the piece. I doubt this to be the case.

3) Farha was pissed that people know he lost so much money. In my opinion, this is the most likely scenario. I'm betting that Farha caught wind of the blog postings and asked Townsend to take them down. I can't say that I blame Farha too much, as I wouldn't want people to know that I had dropped over a million dollars in a couple of days. Farha has a reputation that he wants to uphold, as the cool poker shark, and detailing such losses makes Farha look bad. Plus, it kind of puts a damper on the whole image of Farha being the "best PLO player in the world."

Although we'll never know, I'm betting that Farha asked Townsend to take the postings down.


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