Talal Shakerchi Wins $2.4M Over 2 Months Despite PSPC Bad Beat

Several big scores in December and January added $2.4 million to the growing bankroll of Talal Shakerchi, who now has live cashes in excess of $7.1 million.

By: Charles Rettmuller

The hedge fund manager and part-time poker player made four final tables in big buy-in events beginning with a 6th place finish at the $100,000 WPT Five Diamond World Poker Classic for $222K in mid-December. Shakerchi followed that up a few days later with a 4th place finish and a $1,188,000 payday in the $300,000 Super High Roller Bowl.

When 2019 rolled around, it was time for the PCA in The Bahamas where two more final tables awaited the British businessman. A bust out in 8th place in the $25,000 PSPC PokerStars Players Championship was good for $509,000, while 5th place in the $100,000 PCA Super High Roller earned a cash of $485,300.

The story may have been altogether different in the PSPC had Shakerchi's pocket aces held up following his four-bet pre-flop all-in shove of 5.25 million chips. A brutal bad beat orchestrated by 13% underdog Julien Martini sent Talal to the rail. You can watch the hand unfold below:

Shakerchi is no slouch on the virtual felt either, having won millions of dollars there as well. His resume includes a victory in the $10,000 SCOOP Main Event in 2016 for $1.4 million.

On the poker scene both live and online since 2007, the 54-year-old recently told Cardplayer that he kept his online identity under wraps for the first few years in order to maximize his profits. But his screen name of 'raidalot' at PokerStars is now known to all, as is Talal's skill at high stakes poker action.


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