Daily 3-Bet: Blitz Controversy, Moneymaker Balling, Grinder Life

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In today’s Daily 3-Bet we’ll take a look at some issues surrounding Dan Bilzerian’s bike bet, Chris Moneymaker’s unusual wild card pick and Michael Mizrachi’s historic 2010.

1) Bilzerian Bike Bet Problems

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Rick Solomon

The infamous LV to LA bike bet is over. Or is it?

Dan Bilzerian completed the challenge earlier today with time to spare. That’s an easy $850k in the bank right?

Not so fast.

Rick Solomon and a few other poker players on Twitter have pointed out the fact Bilzerian wasn’t supposed to have assistance from a mechanical vehicle.

Bilzerian very clearly appears to be drafting behind a support vehicle at some points during the challenge, which you can see in the photo above.

This has led to a widespread discussion as to whether the bet is actually valid. So far there hasn’t been any official word from Bilzerian about whether he won or not.

Apparently it will be up to Bill Perkins and the rest of the bet organizers to decide whether that invalidates the bet.

2) Moneymaker Picks Twitch’s Scott Ball for GPL

The Global Poker League team managers have certainly been getting “wild” with their wild card picks.

After Philipp Gruissem picked businessman Bill Perkins for the Berlin Bears yesterday, Chris Moneymaker announced today that he was tapping Twitch.tv Poker Manager Scott Ball for the LV Moneymakers.

Ball isn’t the same league — in terms of live poker success — as some of the other GPL players but he certainly brings a different look to the LV Moneymakers team that already includes poker heavyweights Anthony Zinno, Jonathan Duhamel, Jake Cody and Jonathan Little.

Of course Moneymaker selected himself as the #2 wild card pick. So far only Gruissem has opted out of playing and instead picked Dan “jungleman” Cates to play in his stead.

Here’s Moneymaker announcing his pick:

3) The Great Mizrachi Comeback Featured on Poker Central

It’s easy to forget just how dominant Michael “The Grinder” Mizrachi was in 2010.

After a couple of down years Mizrachi posted a life-changing performance at the WSOP that included:

  • 1st $50k Poker Players Championship - $1,559,046
  • 6th $10k Stud Championship - $68,949
  • 8th $10k Limit Championship - $49,732
  • 26th $2.5k World Championship Mixed - $6,324
  • 5th $10k WSOP Main Event - $2,332,992

Incredible.

Fortunately Poker Central is going to remind us about that momentous year in a special about Mizrachi that airs April 4.

Here’s a trailer for the show:

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