Posts Tagged ‘Prop Bet’

Bertrand “ElkY” Grospellier and Lex Veldhuis are Kickboxing

Saturday, April 9th, 2011

Who would have thought that a couple of former video game nerds would challenge each other in a sport that involves physical contact? Bertrand “ElkY” Grospellier and Lex Veldhuis are currently working on the details regarding their kickboxing match against one another that will happen before the WSOP. These two dweebs have been friends ever since they were on the StarCraft circuit several years ago. If you’re unfamiliar with StarCraft, it’s a military science fiction game that’s somewhat like World of Warcraft – not that I know anything about that J

Getting back to the kickboxing match, these two aren’t fighting over anything serious; it’s just a prop bet that Veldhuis made public when he tweeted, “I’m fighting ElkY in Las Vegas this summer. Last week of May right before WSOP probably. This all because of a side bet!”

Veldhuis is expected to win this kickboxing match because he’s already been training in the sport. In fact, there was even a post on the TwoPlusTwo forums from a Dutch guy that says, “I’ll take Lex for sure. Don’t know about ElkY, but I know Lex has been training for a long time in one of the best gyms in the Netherlands. And we have a lot of those here!”

Veldhuis wins my vote as well only because skinny, pale French boys like Grospellier aren’t typically known for their kickboxing exploits. Maybe ElkY will have more of a chance now that he is visiting the gym more often, but I doubt it.

This isn’t the first martial arts prop bet made between poker players, but it’s the first kickboxing matchup we’ve seen. Theo Jorgensen defeated Gus Hansen in a boxing match that took place before the Scandinavian Poker Open. Liv Boeree also beat up on poker reporter Melissa Castro in a boxing match for charity.

Poker Pro Jeff Madsen Moving To Israel On A Prop Bet

Wednesday, April 14th, 2010

As if the world of professional poker wasn’t exciting enough, many poker players have been known to up the ante with personal prop bets. Over the years, prop bets have resulted in vegan poker players eating meat, players golfing for $18,000 per hole, running marathons and more. However, for the first time in history a player is moving to Israel on a prop bet!

Jeff Madsen posted his bizarre prop bet on Twitter with the tweet, “Just accepted a sick prop bet: I have to move to Israel until the World Series, no outside contact with friends, no cell phone, etc. 50k bet.” Madsen leaves for Israel tomorrow, April 15. He must stay in Israel until the start of the World Series of Poker on May 28.

How did this crazy prop bet come about? Madsen says he met a rich businessman at a charity event a few weeks ago and the subject of crazy prop bets came up. Madsen said he needed some extra money and the businessmen propositioned him with the idea of moving to Israel for 50k. Madsen agreed.

This isn’t the first crazy prop bet for Madsen. He recently was involved in a bet with Joe Sebok and Gavin Smith in which the first two players to bust out of the game would get a tattoo of the winner’s face. Madsen was second to bust out and got Smith’s face tattooed on his body.