Published on 2008-04-19 04:06:29

poker player doyle brunson playing golf on a sunny day
Doyle Brunson seems to be a tad pissed off these days.

In case you haven't heard, Doyle Brunson and Patrik Antonius are slated to engage in a heads-up poker challenge, likely taking place this summer in Las Vegas.

The match-up came to be after Doyle Brunson stated that he would "swim a river" to play some of the top Internet players in a live cash game setting. Someone relayed to comment to Patrik Antonius, subbing in "Patrik Antonius" instead of "some of the top Internet players". The two had some back and forth, with Brunson agreeing to play Antonius if Doyle could pick the games that were played. Antonius agreed, and the challenge was on. According to both players, there will be over seven figures at stakes.

Anyways, in his most recent blog posting on, Doyle talked some more about the challenge. He seemed to be irritated by a) the number of people talking about the challenge b) Patrik's comments regarding the challenge c) the number of people asking him whether or not he thinks that he can beat Antonius.

So with Brunson in an already ornery mood, he issues a further challenge to Antonius - a golf match between the two players, for $100,000 a hole at the Bali Hai Golf Club, any time from now until the end of August.

Brunson then tries to goad Antonius into accepting the match-up, saying "surely a twenty-seven year old ex-professional tennis player from Finland can beat a seventy-four-year-old guy with an artificial shoulder and who has to use a crutch to walk."

Antonius has a full plate when it comes to high-stakes bets this summer. He has the heads-up challenge with Doyle. He has a proposed high-stakes tennis game for $200k against Gus Hansen, a golf match with his assistant against two Finnish pros for $200k, a tennis/golf match against Brandon Adams for $100k and a Heads-Up Stud 8 or Better / High Stakes Golf match against Daniel Negreanu for $500,000.

With the heads-up poker game against Doyle added to the equation, Antonius has around two million dollars in high-stakes bets lined up for this summer (that we know of). If Antonius accepts this latest golf challenge from Brunson, then he could potentially be looking at four million dollars in losses if he loses every challenge and every hole of golf to Brunson. Unlikely, but it could happen.

Should be a pretty interesting summer.


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