Railbird Report: High Stakes' David Eldar Becomes Scrabble World Champ – PokerNews.com

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‘Deldar182’ has over $3.2 million in online poker earnings. Winning the Scrabble Championships? Priceless.

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There are countless competitive gamers who have transitioned into poker. Bertrand “ElkY” Grospellier might be the most notable example, finding poker after having made a career playing Starcraft. But not just Starcraft players have found poker: players of Chess, Magic, Backgammon, Hearthstone and many other games have tried their hand at poker too.

The trend continues today with esports fanatics playing poker and poker players excelling at other games. Alan “hotted89” Widmann is hanging out with Viktor Blom to get better at poker and Thijs Molendijk plays the Unibet Open to see if he’s as good at poker as he is at Hearthstone. Meanwhile, Daniel Negreanu and other poker players try their luck at non-poker competitive games as well, making for the perfect crossover.

Back in 2009, I discovered there was another competitive game producing at least a single great poker player. While browsing the then-popular poker forum Liduidpoker (a sister site of TeamLiquid.net, a popular Starcraft website), I came across the thread “Who is deldar182?” I had been an avid railbird of the high stakes community for close to three years at the time and knew the name “Deldar182” all too well. I railed him or her for countless hours, following the player from mid-stakes through the highest limits.

Eldar the Scrabble Player

Contrary to common practice, the original poster didn’t just ask the question, he answered it right away as well, sharing that “Deldar182” was likely David Eldar. Eldar, according to the topic starter, was a Scrabble youth champion, now playing poker. Lex “RaSZi” Veldhuis, at the time a regular poster

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