Shaun Deeb outed Eli Ezera as someone who owed him lots of cash. For outsiders, the news of a well-known TV pro is somewhat shocking. For insiders, this type of uber-degen stuff happens all the time. If poker pros start naming names of everyone who owes them money...they can be dropping dimes for weeks because that list will be so damn long.
Last week, Shaun Deeb outed three "brokedicks" on the Under the Gun podcast hosted by David Tuchman. The first two players were relatively unknown figures, but the third player who owed Deeb money for OFC and other cash game debts was Eli Elezra, a highly-publicized TV pro who was a frequent regular on High Stakes Poker.
During the height of the online poker boom in the 00s, Eli Elezra was commonly found playing in Bobby's Room at the Bellagio, or in the biggest stakes games in Vegas. Depending on who you talk to Eli was the big fish, or he was one of the sharks, or better yet...he was a fish who thought he was a shark. The public got the perception that Eli Elezra was one of the sharks, after all, if a pro is on TV then that means they're awesome and super wealthy...right?
The poker community took a huge hit in the wake of Black Friday and it rippled through all aspects of the professional world. In the ensuing years, things were a little tough across the board as the steady flow of casual fish dried up, but seems like Eli also had fallen on some hard times because he stiffed Deeb numerous times.
Eli Elezra also had a semi-scary reputation because he always came off like such a nice guy...almost too nice...especially when there were stories that he was an Israeli commando, or the member of the special forces.
The 2+2 thread on the Deeb vs. Elezra situation is probably more entertaining than the actual podcast itself. One posted suggested Elezra owed his friends at least 3 million. Read the LULZ 2+2 thread here. But definitely check out the podcast. The Eli part takes place around the 1 hr and 5-min mark. He actually gave the host a statement, which was read on air. Listen for yourself here.