Andy Beal, a self-made billionaire banker, and "The Corporation," a group of about 15 pro players, made poker history once again this month when they resumed their on-again, off-again high-stakes rivalry in a private series of Limit Texas Hold'em games at the Wynn Las Vegas.
The resulting matches set the poker world alight with speculation and gossip, much of which was centered on whether Beal actually beat the pros and took their $10 million stake, as rumors allege he did.
Known as the world's richest poker series, the incredibly high-stakes matches began nearly five years ago at the Bellagio when Beal, who aside from his successes as a banker is also known as a groundbreaking mathematical theorist and aerospace entrepreneur, insisted he could beat the world's best poker players in the highest stakes game of Texas Hold'em ever held in the history of poker.
Led by legendary player and 10-time World Series of Poker bracelet winner Doyle Brunson, the group of pros who pooled their bankrolls to take on Beal and his massive stake became known as "The Corporation."
The original series is chronicled in Michael Craig's acclaimed book, "The Professor, the Banker and the Suicide King." The Corporation is thought to include Doyle Brunson, Johnny Chan, Ted Forrest, Jennifer Harman, Todd Brunson, Phil Ivey, Minh Ly, and Chau Giang, among others.
The most recent series, which was held a little over one year after Beal's last challenge, spanned the weeks between Feb. 1-15, and took place in a roped-off section of the high-stakes room at the Wynn Las Vegas. Only Beal, members of The Corporation, and Michael Craig were allowed in the area.
Though no official reports or figures have been released, it is rumored the pros anted-up $10 million against Beal's $20 million. The game was reportedly $50,000 - $100,000 Limit Hold'em.
Throughout the competition, the pros competed against Beal one at a time in a previously agreed upon rotation. Competitors included Jennifer Harman, Ted Forrest, and Todd Brunson.
Due to the private nature of the matches, most reports issued in the media were based on second-hand information. As such, no one is actually sure if Andy Beal did indeed win the match and the pros' $10 million.
Overall, The Corporation remains the winner in the series, having amassed more money than Beal over the years. However, if the rumors are correct, Beal's victory dramatically decreased his overall losses and brought him many steps closer to evening the score.
No word has been given as to whether the series will continue in the future.