Nik Airball and Matt Berkey Face Off in Highstakes Heads-Up Grudge Match

March 30, 2023
Andrew Burnett

Nikhil “Nik Airball” Arcot has accepted Matt Berkey’s offer of a highstakes heads-up challenge, the pair set to clash at stakes of $200/$400 with a $100k minimum buy-in...

The grudge match is the latest Twitter feud to spill over onto the green felt, Berkey incensed by the Hustler Casino Live reg’s recent description of him as “a scammer” who is “selling bullshit” through his Solve4Why poker training academy.

Berkey was also unhappy at Doug Polk stirring the pot and tweeted his thoughts in the most iconic tl;dr ever ...

The popular Pennsylvania pro outlined the terms for the highly-anticipated “straightener”, the latest in a long line of heads-up matches to settle feuds.

“Terms for a match vs @nikairball are set.
- $200/400(400) $100k min, no max
- 3 sessions (Sat, Sun, Mon) ea week, 6.5 hrs/session
- Match will last 100 hrs
- Either player can quit down 1mm+
- 10k penalty for missed session or quitting early.
- Venue yet to be finalized

I'll keep a public log but otherwise will be off social during that time.”

Arcot, known as “Nik Airball” on the HCL livestream, has been a big winner in the cash game that mixes pros, regs and amateurs and was the scene of the infamous Adelstein/Lew cheating scandal.

Winner of one of the biggest pots ever seen on the show, Arcot is up more than $500k in his appearances, though that is still a good $1million behind Adelstein.

Meanwhile, agent provocateur Polk has somehow found himself playing $100k buy-in heads-up battles of his own, losing narrowly to Bill Perkins and due to play Scott Ball today (Wednesday).

It was Polk who famously defeated Daniel Negreanu in one of the biggest grudge matches of all time, arranged to settle a feud that had lasted several years.

Polk, rarely seen outside of his highstakes heads-up safe space, took DNegs for $1.2million, the $200/$400 match played online at the height of the pandemic.

The Berkey-Airball match looks set to garner almost as much attention and we’ll bring you all the best of the action from the tables and the Twittersphere as it progresses.

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