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Daily 3-Bet: Beal’s Trump Card, Cali Vote Looms, Polk $100-$10k
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In today’s Daily 3-Bet we’ll take a look at Andy Beal putting his support behind Donald Trump, an important vote for online poker in California and Doug Polk attempting an old-school challenge.
1) Trump Taps Andy Beal as Advisor
Republican Presidential candidate Donald Trump has named billionaire banker Andy Beal to his team of economic advisors.
Beal famously took part in some of the highest stakes heads-up poker games ever played in Las Vegas as he took on a syndicate of poker players that included Doyle Brunson, Jen Harman, Howard Lederer and Phil Ivey.
The battle was chronicled in Michael Kaplan’s seminal The Professor, The Banker, and the Suicide King: Inside the Richest Poker Game of All Time.
One of the richest men in the world, Beal’s net worth has been estimated to be $10.7 million by Forbes Magazine, which would make him the 115th wealthiest person in the world.
In addition to his business ventures, Beal is a bit of a mathematician and even issued a $1m challenge to anyone who can solve Beal’s conjecture, which is a generalization of Fermat’s Last Theorem.
2) California Online Poker Vote Thursday
The race to get online poker legalized in California is heating up.
A bill that would legalize online poker in the state was pulled off the California Assembly floor on Monday in order to buy more time for negotiations.
The word out of California is that the bill could be brought back up on Thursday for a vote.
If it does pass the Assembly the bill would still have to pass through the Senate.
This particular online gambling bill differs from previous attempts because it has support from the state’s horse racing and card room organization as well as some of the tribes.
The bill would also penalize “bad actors” such as PokerStars, which didn’t leave the USA after UIGEA was passed in 2006, by keeping them out of the market for the first five years or pay an extra $20 million to the state up front.
3) Doug Polk Steps Up to $10k Challenge
Welcome to the micro-stakes, Doug Polk.
The renowned high-stakes heads-up specialist launched a brand-new $100 to $10,000 challenge over the weekend on his UpSwingPoker.com Twitch Channel.
The challenge of course shares some similarities to Chris Ferguson’s famed $0-$10,000 challenge he completed prior to Black Friday against much softer competition.
Polk wants to prove that it’s still doable, however, and that’s the idea behind his current challenge.
After three days off action Polk is pretty much treading water at $97. Upswing coming? You can follow along below, although you will need to be a subscriber to Polk's Twitch channel: