Andy Beal's the Dallas banker
most (in)famous for having single-handedly taken on the bestest of poker's best
-- a so-called syndicate that included the likes of Chip Reese, Howard Lederer, Doyle Brunson and Jennifer Harmon -- back in 2001 in the Bellagio's high-stakes poker room. The subtitle of Michael Craig's riveting 2005 account of that kajillion-dollar showdown described it thusly: The Professor, the Banker, and the Suicide King: Inside the Richest Poker Game of All Time
. But in 2006, Beal's love for the game got a kick in the pants courtesy one Phil Ivey, who, after a mere three days, wound up lifting from Beal's wallet, oh, $16 million
, give or take.
All of which is a long way of saying Beal's not afraid of going all in with the lesser hand pre-flop. Which will come in handy, as The Associated Press reports Beal's pairing up with Donald Trump
, who's attempting to snatch Trump Entertainment Resorts out of bankruptcy and the sweaty hands of other bondholders making their own offers. Notes the AP, Beal is "a close friend" of Trump's.