Nik Airball Vows to Expose Matt Berkey as “Fraud” as Poker Pros Agree to Grudge Match

  • Nik Airball and Matt Berkey have become embroiled in a public feud also involving Doug Polk
  • The pair have agreed to a minimum $100k buy-in grudge match set to last 100 hours
  • Airball called Berkey a “scammer” last week and said he plans to “expose” him in the match 
Airball and Berkey
Poker pros Nik Airball (left) and Matt Berkey (right) have agreed to face each other in a grudge match after trading insults on social media.

American poker pros Nik Airball and Matt Berkey have found themselves at the forefront of conversation on poker Twitter recently. The pair have become embroiled in a very public three-way spat also involving Doug Polk, with the players slinging insults at each other across podcasts and social media.

Now, Airball and Berkey have agreed to settle it all on the felt. The pair will play each other throughout three sessions in a match lasting 100 hours. On Monday, Berkey took to Twitter to publicize the terms for the $100,000 minimum buy-in match:

Airball appeared on Doug Polk’s podcast last Wednesday. He referred to poker coach Berkey as a “scammer” and challenged him to a heads-up match. Airball claimed that Berkey had dodged a match with him several times, while Berkey fired back on the Only Friends podcast by accusing Airball of the same thing.

disingenuous and doing the community a disservice”

When Airball, real name Nikhil Arcot, shared the terms of the since confirmed grudge match to his own Twitter on Monday, he took the opportunity to fire more shots at his opponent. “Poker coaches who can’t even win in poker games are disingenuous and doing the community a disservice,” he said, adding: “I’m here to expose Berkey as a fraud.”

Airball has total live earnings of just $20,700, according to Hendon Mob, while Berkey has raked in more than $4.6m.

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