Eli Elezra

31 Jan

Eli Elezra has won 4 bracelets and 0 rings for total earnings of $2,137,326. See all events where they placed in-the-money. Eli Elezra, a poker player and a businessman, who’s been butting heads with the best in the game for a while now (source: wsop.com) Perhaps best known for his thick Israeli accent and slicked-back black hair, Eli Elezra has been able to showcase his poker prowess thanks so the explosion of televised poker.

The Eli Elezra debt controversy took a new and potentially sinister turn yesterday when highstakes pro Abe Mosseri claimed that Elezra not only owes him $835,000 on an unpaid loan, but has also threatened Mosseri and his family to keep the debt quiet

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Elezra has been under attack all week following an AMA (Ask me Anything) thread on the 2plus2 poker forum went pear-shaped, the businessman-turned-High Stakes Poker TV star’s claims that he ‘pays all his debts’ meeting with refutations right, left – and soon possibly centre as well…

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After Cole South went public with claims that Elezra still owes him $40k of a $100k loan from 2010, it was Abe Mosseri’s turn to lambast Elezra.

“I decided today to speak out after Eli sent me texts of threats about my family most likely scared I was going to out him…” began Mosseri, adding, “…Figure is 853k. A loan not a gambling debt”.

Earlier in the day Elezra had released a statement claiming

“I don’t ignore text messages and haven’t seen him or gotten a message from him [Cole South] in years”.

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“The deals and arrangements they [highstakes pros] make in this regard have always been private and I believe they will always remain private. It’s nobody else’s business anyhow”.
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While South was again quick to release text messages that appear to disprove Elezra’s version of events, Mosseri says he has been advised by his lawyers not to do the same. He did, however, post several times.

“It was the dumbest thing I have ever done and take responsibility for the loan”, Mosseri admitted, adding: “I would appreciate if you guys would not bash my family for they have been hurt enough from Eli and the stupid thing I did out of good faith to a person I thought was a friend. To my family I would like to say I’m sorry”.

Mosseri, a huge live and online winner back in the heyday of Full Tilt Poker, claims that the original loan he gave Elezra was for “more than a million” and that Elezra “paid a little the first 3 months, 9 years ago, with a discount”.

Since then, however, Mosseri says that Elezra has not only paid him nothing, but has sent him

“Messages lying and saying my family is making threats on his children and he is going to the FBI to have me arrested…”

An anonymous 2plus2 forum poster, who seems to have an inside track on the highstakes cash game poker world that both Mosseri and Elezra frequented back in the heyday of the game almost a decade ago, made a startling claim some time ago – one which makes more sense given Mosseri’s recent claims.

“Eli Elezra was attacked by a girl in Bobby room last night after shooting the woman a bird that he owes 1.5 million to her husband’, claimed Privateworld, who has also posted under several other pseudonyms on the 2plus2 site and is currently banned from the site.

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The poster added:

'No person helped him took 10 minutes for security to get there… He has robbed the entire poker community …people actually clapped outside in poker room”.

Elezra’s recently-released English translation of his autobiography ‘Pulling the Trigger’ makes no mention of any specific loans or debts, mentioning only that he often took money from his Vegas businesses to bankroll his highstakes games against the likes of Doyle Brunson and Chip Reese.

With Elezra yet to respond publicly to Mosseri’s claims, and rumours abounding that Mosseri and South are only two of many people he owes huge sums of money to, this story may well have plenty of gas left in it yet.

This week’s classic Poker After Dark hand features Phil ‘The Poker Brat’ Hellmuth as well as an old favorite player who has been both in the limelight and in the shadows during his career, Eli Elezra.


Eli Elezra, a former Israeli army commando and Las Vegas businessman, is a fascinating character. He’s exactly what a cash game grinder cliché might look like, yet at the same time could be completely the opposite at the same time. Like a few other poker players, he falls between two stalls.

It’s as if Elezra Elezra was born in the infancy of the Swinging Sixties, turning two when The Beatles released their first number one hit record. But he’s only 58 years old. He would have been a mere ten years old when the World Series was formed, yet he’s won three bracelets, albeit never having won any wrist-based jewelry in No Limit Hold’em.

Watch the full episode from which the clip above originates on PokerGO right now. Every throwback show from Poker After Dark includes a lengthy recap video in which the pros themselves analyze the hands they played.


Elezra is nicknamed ‘Mr. Vegas’, and has played in Sin City often, taking part in many of our recent televised cash games. Before that, he was part of The Big Game, High Stakes Poker and, you guessed it, Poker After Dark. In fact, he featured in six out of the seven seasons, only missing the final outing for the show.

With all his credits mentioned, Elezra opted to promote his magnum opus on 2+2, kicking off a massive discussion about owing people money and how many high stakes players take to the felt with borrowed money. According to Elezra, quite a few of them.


One question that springs to mind when anyone brings out a poker book is the eternal question of why. Presuming it’s not all for the love of money – books are not a great way of getting rich overnight – the upside of giving away any tactical nous you have accrued about the game of poker might be right up with the riskiest plays you can ever make in the game.

When Doyle Brunson’s Super system 1 & 2 came out, players took to it, dissected it and used the brilliant methods therein to create their own playbook based on the musings of the mercurial Doyle Brunson. The former basketball player-turned-poker legend was a two-time world champion and could reinvent his game to anticipate the moves his opponents would make base on his style of play, turnover play if you like. But is every one that flexible?


It’s not just in this Poker After Dark hand that Eli Elezra and Phil Hellmuth caught up, with the latter helping the former out with a little promotion of his book back in January while sharing the felt in the Bahamas.

Elezra’s no holds barred story promises to lift the lid on the Full Tilt years as well as decades of games at the felt in some of the most dramatic cash games hands ever seen. Will he be able to reinvent himself once people know what he’s up to, or will he be too set in his ways to change?

If Eli Elezra is able to outlive the musings he has made in print, maybe he’ll get some revenge on the mercurial Hellmuth for this Poker After Dark hand. You can find out by watching Elezra take on the best in the business in the recent episodes of Poker After Dark and last year’s 888poker Sit n Go title showdown with Maria Ho. Subscribe today and you’ll have access to PokerGO’s exclusive on-demand catalog of poker content.

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