Out there there’s a loud, brash, bolshie young buck who offered to pay Daniel Negreanu $500 per hour just to sit with him and if that doesn’t sound ballsey enough for you how about the story that this same fella then challenged Negraneu to a $100k cage-fighting match. The man in question is Matthew Marafioti also known as ADZ 124 and if you haven’t heard of him yet – you soon will.
Never one to be backward in coming forward, in his blog, Marafioti explained that he is a more marketable poker player than Negreanu, that he lives the big life better than the world famous poker pro (who’s on $2 million from PokerStars). Matt reckons that he’s a better pony for PokerStars to back and willing to put his money where his mouth is he challenged Negreanu to the $500 per hour to sit opposite him. Negreanu’s refused to rise to the bait and posted back; “If I wasted my time responding to all the completely insane nut jobs on the Internet, I wouldn’t have enough hours in the day (to play poker).” Not satisfied and unwilling to let it lie Matt went and issued a $100K prop bet on Negreanu as to who cashes more at the next 10 live events that they both compete in. And when that failed to get the required response, finally the cage fight challenge…Wow!
Other than all the noise coming off Marafioti himself, what’s the big deal?
Well, this Canadian is actually one of the best high-stakes cash players on PokerStars, and has been humiliating and humbling high-stakes players online, (financially and verbally; as he’s keen to let his opponents know what they did wrong) happily playing $200/$400 NL. Away from the tables he’s just as brash and outspoken too, during the 2009 WSOP Main Event, while happily being one of the Day 1 chip leaders, and during a bout of high sprits ADZ124 and fellow professional gambler Tom “Durrrr” Dwan had a little wager that had nothing to do with card skills or poker prowess. Marafioti bet Dwan 5 Grand that he could neck 10 shots of Tequila in less than 15 minutes, BUT would keep his stomach contents in his stomach (basically without blowing chunks). We don’t know the outcome of the bet but Marafioti was (politely) escorted out of the poker room for ungentlemanly behaviour.
It would be easy to think that Matt was just your average jerk who gets lucky from time to time and bullies players into folding but the boy can really play. ADZ124 narrowly missed winning his first WSOP bracelet in 2010 finishing 2nd in the $10k PLO championship, took first place at the 5th Annual Empire State Hold’em Championships, banking $198,473, plus he’s also a seven figure winner amassing $1 million in live tournament. But he’s won even more on PokerStars and Full Tilt Poker.
Think that you’d like to have a pop at this charming man? Then look out for ADZ124 on PokerStars