Brian Townsend's horrid 2010

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Posted on Nov 2nd 2010  -  Subject: Brian Townsend's horrid 2010

Entering November, Brian "sbrugby" Townsend has the dubious distinction of being the biggest high stakes loser online. He began the year on a $2.5 million dollar downswing.  He then left CardRunners, where he was a lead instructor at the respected training site, gave up his Full Tilt red pro status and returned to his former "sbrugby" identity.  Unfortunately, that change only led to more losing.  He has lost an additional $1.6 million since his return.

Cumulatively, Brian Townsend is now down around $4.1 million on the year.  Barring some major swings in the last couple months, he is destined to be the biggest loser on the year by a wide margin. Gus Hansen, who was in second place and threatening in mid October with $3.6 million in losses has gone a massive heater and is up $1.7 million in the last three weeks to pull him to just $1.9 million in losses on the year.

As one of the top online winners over the past few years, many find it odd that Brian Townsend would continue to lose so regularly.  He was known for his meticulous preparation and evaluation of his sessions.  In fact, he faced scrutiny from Full Tilt for "accessing other player hand histories."  That was during the time when he, Cole South and Brian Hastings were battling Isildur1.  It was rumored that he had a big piece (as much as 1/3) of Brian Hastings in his historic $4.2 million win against Isildur1.

Another consideration for Brian Townsend in 2010 has been his rumored engagement to TV poker show hostess and Party Poker pro Kara Scott.  They have been traveling around the world together, while returning to their current combined home in Santa Barbara.  Could it be that the seriousness of his relationship has taken his focus and drive off top notch poker?

While he may have won millions in prior years, Brian's 2010 horrid $4.1 million in losses on Full Tilt has to be quite hard to handle. It will be interesting to watch to see if he can return to his former winning ways.

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