Brian "sbrugby" Townsend, one of the most feared and admired players online, is currently in the midst of the worst downswing of his life. According to his own blog, Townsend is in the midst of a $3 million dollar downswing, which would easily make it the biggest downswing of his young poker career.
This downswing started right when the biggest upswing of his life ended. Townsend had been playing in the big mixed No Limit Hold'em / Pot Limit Omaha game that had been taking place in Las Vegas. First, he took a bunch of money off of Sam Farha playing heads-up, and then he won a bunch more when the game expanded to include the likes of Bobby Baldwin and Patrik Antonius. By all accounts, Townsend had won a couple million dollars over the course of a few weeks.
Townsend's downswing really went into freefall after one particular live hand with Bobby Baldwin, when Townsend lost a $1.8 million dollar pot in Pot Limit Omaha attempting to bluff Baldwin out of a hand where Baldwin held the nuts (nut straight.) Ever since then, Townsend can't seem to buy a break, and has been beaten up online. According to Townsend, he lost a few million dollars live, and then proceeded to drop another $1.2 million dollars online since returning from Las Vegas.
According to "sbrugby", he has nearly burned through his Full Tilt Poker bankroll and will soon have to wire money into his account in order to keep playing.
Townsend has been very good in the past about taking time off and re-evaluating his game when he suffers a downswing. I would expect that you might see Townsend take some time off over the next few weeks, and possibly even appear temporarily under a different account name (last time he appeared as "moneyhungryhoe" for a while.)
You have to wonder how big Townsend's roll is if he can withstand a $3 million dollar downswing. What does everyone guess? $7-$8 million dollars? That would be my guess.
We'll be keeping an eye on Brian's results over the next few weeks. Like I said, if he continues his downswing we would expect him to take a few weeks off.
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