By Steve Beauregard
Originally from Houston, Texas, Brian Roberts is a poker professional who has made millions in online poker games. He was one of four cast members in the 2009 poker reality show 2M2MM on the G4 network.
He’s a member of Iveyleague.com poker training site. He previously was a member of the DeucesCracked.com training site – a site owned by fellow 2M2MM television show cast member Jay Rosenkrantz.
His poker career began at the age of 19, when he began playing in small limit hold’em games around the Houston area. Roberts says his first night playing poker, he won $100. He eventually discovered online poker, working his way up the ranks on PartyPoker.com.
According to Roberts, not one to shy away from tooting his own horn, he turned poker into his “sole source of income probably two or three months after learning the rules.” He also says, “I’d be lying if I didn’t say I was the best.”
According to his biography on IveyPoker.com, Roberts mostly played no-limit and Pot-Limit Omaha. He played as high as $500/$1000, before getting crushed in 2008, when he had to drop down in stakes to what must have seemed like measly little $25/$50 No-limit games. He left the United States after poker’s Black Friday so that he could continue playing online poker.
Today, Roberts plays mostly $5/$10 and $10/$20 Pot-Limit Omaha games online, as well as producing the occasional coaching video for Iveyleague.com.
He says he enjoys Omaha more than hold’em, due to the action factor and profit potential.
Roberts is most famous for being one of four roommates in the poker reality show 2M2MM. The four cast members – all high stakes online poker pros – were filmed for two months as they combined bankrolls while attempting to win a total of $2 million in profit.
The only unlikeable cast member amongst the four, Roberts was the weakest link amongst the group, both in terms of poker ability and appeal.
Most viewers could picture themselves hanging out with Jay Rosenkrantz, Emil Patel and Dani Stern, however Brian Roberts came across as the nerd who doesn’t realize he is a nerd. His unjustified arrogance, vulgarity, and treatment of his seemingly sweet girlfriend, a former poker dealer, Cassie Webb, made him the perfect counterpoint to the more fun-loving and likeable cast members.
Roberts’s screen name on PokerStars is “flawless_victory,” while his FullTiltPoker.com screen name was “just_the_nuts.” “Scorpin wins” was another screen name Roberts used, although I don’t recall which site. Despite the bravado in his screen names, Roberts barely kept his head above water during the challenge, winning just $7,500 – by far the lowest figure amongst the four. In one week, his loses amounted to $111,000.
As for filming, Roberts said it didn’t bother to have cameras on him 24 hours a day. He says he does get recognized when out in public, but mostly by hard-core poker fans.
As punishment for losing the most money in one week, Roberts had to perform a stand-up comedy routine that was just brutal in its awkwardness. In another cringe-worthy episode, Roberts met with some black rappers to brainstorm a rap song about poker.
Brian Roberts and His Poker Tournament Record
As for career live winnings, the Henden Mob reports that Roberts has won $1.24 million in live poker tournament winnings.
His first large live tournament cash came in 2011, when he final tabled the World Series of Poker Europe Main Event. His 4th place finish at this WSOPE in Cannes was good for $534,345.
Other than some small cashes in some EPT and WSOP Pot-Limit Omaha games, Roberts has never won a live poker tournament, at least, not one that qualifies for a Hendon Mob listing.
However he’s getting close. 2014 was Brian’s breakout year, in terms of live tournament success. He made an impressive deep run in the 2014 WSOP Main Event, finishing 26th for $286,900. Prior to that, his best finish in the WSOP Main Event came in 2006, when he finished 790th place – good for $15,504.
Three months after making it to the final 3 tables in the WSOP Main Event, Roberts made a final table at the WSOP APAC Higher Roller event, which had a $25,000 Australian dollar buy-in. His sixth place finish there was good for $74,000. Two months later, in December 2014, he’d collect $157,000 for finishing 7th in the EPT Prague Super High Roller.