Chops (Wicked Chops Poker): Poker phrase that sounds more gross in a non-poker-setting: "I flopped the nuts" or "I took a bad beat by a back door straight."?
Todd Brunson: (4:30 PM ET ) Both of them I guess. (Laughs). I wouldn’t want to hear either one of them away from the poker world.
Jim (Boulder, CO): Todd, What is the most lucrative night you ahve had playing and the biggest loss in a single day you have had playing?
Todd Brunson: (4:00 PM ET ) My biggest win was in the Big Game playing 30/60K and I won 13.5 million. My biggest loss is probably 1 million. The Big Game session lasted 2 days.
BOB JONES( TROY): Is it tough knowing that you might never be able to escape your fathers shadow or are you inspired to be that more successful?
Todd Brunson: (4:17 PM ET ) I only think about it during interviews like this.
Andrew (West Hartford): Todd, it’s been said that you are self-taught. How did you know that this was what you were destined to do?
Todd Brunson: (4:21 PM ET ) I dont think I ever knew that, I just kinda did it. Mabye if my dad taught me I might have been more successful sooner, or maybe not successful at all. The things my dad was telling me when I was in my 20s hindered the growth of my game a lot as he was giving me advice for the real expert games when I wasn’t at that level.
Jeff: Describe the night you won your first bracelet.
Todd Brunson: (4:24 PM ET ) A year before that in the same tournament I came in with the big chip lead and finished fifth. I came into this tournament and was second in chips, but I was very confident that I could win it. When it got down to 5-handed, I got scooped three big pots in a row and I was sick that I was going to finish 5th again. I managed to scoop a big pot after an hour of playing 5 handed and it got me back in good chip position. After that I had chips to maneuver again a little bit. It was more of a relief (when I won it). Everyone always kind of assumed that I would have won a bracelet and people sometimes argued with me that I had won a bracelet previously. High expectations I guess.
Vano(SF,CA): whens the last time you heard from or about Andy Beal – has he resurfaced at all anywhere?
Todd Brunson: (4:31 PM ET ) I hear little tidbits/messages from him all the time. Always things like he wants us to play in Antartica and stuff like that.
J.B. (Rochester): What is the worst beat you have ever taken?
Todd Brunson: (4:43 PM ET ) The biggest one was against Andy Beal is when I lost a 2 million dollar pot when he had 1 out in the deck. I had AQ funny enough.