David "Deldar182" Eldar Wins World Scrabble Championship

Somehow this passed us all by, but just over a month ago Australian high stakes cash game pro David "Deldar18" Eldar was crowned the World Scrabble Champion, claiming victory after competing with players from more than 26 countries in the Mind Sports International World Championships in Nottingham.

World no.2 Eldar, who now resides in London, won the best of five match final against Harshan Lamabadusuriya 3-0. He polished off the match scoring 74 points with the word  'carrels'. Alas 'carrels' doesn't pertain to the actions of fellow high rolling poker player Charlie Carrel, but refers to cubicle desks.

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Above: David Eldar takes on Harshan Lamabadusuriya for the 2017 World Scrabble Championship in Nottingham

Eldar is certainly no stranger to the scrabble board and was in fact the World Youth Scrabble Champion back in 2006, and prior to that was the youngest ever player to be ranked in the Australian top ten - some years before he turned his attention to the far more lucrative world of online poker.

Eldar, 27, has been a high stakes regular since his late teens and has won millions of dollars playing poker at both Full Tilt (as POKERBLUFFS) and as Deldar182 at PokerStars. Eldar was a famously huge mid-stakes winner, earning several million dollars at $10/$20 NLHE as well as having earned over $3.3m at high stakes split roughly evenly between NLHE (pre Black Friday) and PLO (post Black Friday).

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Above: Click image to replay David Eldar's biggest ever pot from a $500/$1000 NLHE match at Full Tilt in August 2009

Of his victory Eldar said, "This means a lot to me, I went into the third game with a huge mental advantage having won both previous games, so I knew I just had to keep focused and if the tiles went in my favour I could clinch it."

Eldar won £7,000 for his victory and according to reports lists his career as being "in property in London", although he is still regularly seen online at PokerStars, and has won over $125k this year playing Omaha Hi/Lo.


 

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