Guy Laliberte Lost Over $31,000,000 Playing Online Poker
According to the statistics of online high stakes poker players, it’s not a secret that the rating of the most losing players will be headed by Gus Hansen, the minus of whom exceeds the mark of $20,737,000. No account has ever lost even half the amount. Therefore, Hansen was entrusted with the title of the greatest loser in online poker. However, it turns out, this may not be entirely true…
Businessman-philanthropist Guy Laliberte’s total loss from different accounts was calculated. It emerged that the Canadian billionaire and owner of Cirque Du Soleil lost more than $31,000,000 online which means that he owns the unspoken title of the biggest loser at online poker.
Laliberte is well known for his philanthropy, and his One Drop charity poker tournaments attract millions of dollars to raise awareness about problems related to water in the third world. But in a narrow circle, poker players joke that Guy is used to giving out money by donating millions of dollars to the poker community.
The poker lover can be called sponsor of many of today’s high rollers, as he spent 6 years losing millions of dollars to Tom “durrrr” Dwan, Phil Ivey, Phil “OMGClayAiken” Galfond, Patrik Antonius, and other professionals playing cash games online.
Guy Laliberte’s Multi-Accounting
There is a reason why Guy’s losses do not reach the level of Gus Hansen – unlike most other players (and in violation of the rules of using the site) he managed to use multi-accounts on Full Tilt.
Of course, this is unfair and the information about the rules violation was continually raised on the forums, but it is easy to understand why Full Tilt willingly closed the eyes on the situation. Firstly, it was Guy who brought poker sharks to Rail Heaven, Full Tilt’s $500/$1000 NL tables, and the game on Rail Heaven was interesting and curious for everyone, there were huge pots and incredible confrontations. Secondly, Guy was constantly losing large sums to other high stakes professionals, and this allowed them to continue the game without hunting other players. And thirdly, if Guy was banned, then he would have left the game on the site much earlier. Although the professionals did not need too much time to understand who the new player was at their tables, but still using new accounts, Guy got the opportunity to play anonymously for a while.
Despite the fact that the loss of $31 million at poker sounds very impressive, this amount is less than 3% of Laliberte’s fortune and 4 million less than the amount that he spent in 2009 to fly into space. So it may safely be said that he can afford it.