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Today in the 3-Bet we find Dan “Jungleman12” Cates signing on with an unexpected backer, Liv Boeree getting stacked in the WCOOP and the new poker movie Runner, Runner in the can and ready to be released September 2013.
1) Tony G to Back Dan Cates, Eyes on $100 Million
High-stakes pro Dan “Jungleman12” Cates is famous in the poker world for a few things.
Piling up $5m at Full Tilt before selling his roll after Black Friday. Crushing durrrr in an unfinished durrrr Challenge. Donating WSOP Main Event seats to fans. Getting duped by a Portuguese poker prodigy.
You know, the usual. Mostly, though, he’s famous for being a savant at the poker tables. One of the best ever, even.
Not one to miss out on an opportunity, Tony G has announced a new staking deal with Cates that he claims could make them up to $100 million. In the words of the G:
“I think this guy could turn $5 million into $100 million – he’s a genius. I started off by backing him for the WPT Grand Prix de Paris and intend to back him live but predominantly online.
“He is a talent and has a good heart … He has definitely had his ups and downs but his heart and head are in the right place.
“I take this decision as a businessman – I have faith in him to do really big things and believe he will make me money. He just needs a little guiding hand along the way.”
He's also planning on taking him to Tony Resort to meet Nordas and Zasko and "explore the forest," which we really hope is not a metaphor. Read the full announcement here.
2) Stacking Liv and Other BOOM! WCOOP Moments
If you haven’t tried the new PokerStars BOOM! Hand replayer, you’re missing out.
It’s a super fun and/or painful way to share some of your most notable hands from your PStars sessions.
As we’re currently in the heart of the WCOOP the BOOM! posts are naturally flying these days with tons of notable pros sharing their big hands.
Want to see how Liv Boeree was unceremoniously dumped out of WCOOP 21, $215 NL Hold'em? Boom:
Check out more hands from Daniel Negreanu, Lex Veldhuis and more here.
3) Affleck/Timberlake Film Runner, Runner Out September 2013
Poker movie fans take note: The much anticipated Ben Affleck/Justin Timberlake movie Runner, Runner is offically in post-production and will be released in September 2013 according to IMDB.
Listed as a crime/drama/thriller and now also starring former Bond Girl Gemma Arterton, the film synopsis is simply left at "A businessman is caught up in the world of offshore online gaming."
A previous interview we did with screenwriters David Levien and Brian Koppelman about the forthcoming Rounders 2 shed a bit more light on the project, including the original connection with Leonardo DiCaprio.
"We did just set up a project centering on the world of offshore online casinos with Leonardo attached," Levien said.
"It's a great world. Some of the countries where online casinos are based are like the new version of the Wild West, and with so much money on the line there is lots of drama attached."
With true poker fans Affleck, Koppleman and Levien involved we can also thankfully expect any poker scenes to be free from the usual royal-flush-over-quads scenarios. Unless of course it's a superuser scene.