Buried in the news by the ongoing heads-up feud between Matt Berkey and Nikhil Arcot, two other pros got together for a much friendlier high-stakes match, although this one took place on the tennis court.
It was an old-school throwback prop bet between Dan Smith, who is eighth on the all-time money list with more than $41 million in career tournament earnings, and World Poker Tour champion Markus Gonsalves, who is fresh off a $585,000 win in the PokerGO studio during the No Gamble, No Future million-dollar cash game.
The two pros met at a Las Vegas tennis court last week for a one-set match, only Gonsalves, who is the better player, would be forced to play holding a frying pan instead of a racket. The two had previously played before, with Gonsalves winning by only using his left hand.
Despite the equipment disadvantage, Gonsalves once again came away with the victory, beating Smith 6-2. The only modifications he made to the frying pan was to apply some grip tape to the handle.
You can watch the full match below, recorded by Allan Fan.
Smith teased the possibility of a rematch a month from now, prompting Gonzalves to joke that perhaps he would try to play with a baseball bat next time.
Gonzalves continued to gloat the next day, tagging Smith a tweet showing him making eggs with his make-shift “racket.”
— Markus Gonsalves (@Darrrkus) March 30, 2023
Smith shook off the loss quickly, however, winning the $25,000 buy-in high roller at the U.S. Poker Open just a few days later for $400,000. He then finished fifth in the $50,000 event for another $150,000.