Daily 3-Bet: Blom + Boateng, Bloom + Sorkin, Palo Alto Power Players


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Today in the 3-Bet we find Viktor "Isildur1" Blom and George Boateng at the Unibet Cash Game, Molly Bloom and Aaron Sorkin make a new poker power couple and we get a peek inside Palo Alto's toughest home game.

1) Blom, Boateng on Unibet Golden Cash Game

Want to watch Viktor "Isildur1" Blom and football legend George Boateng square off in a live poker cash game?

Tune in to the Unibet Golden Cash Game stream live from Aspers Casino in London below.

Boateng may or may not have moved on by now but Neil Channing, Nic Levi, Mat Frankland, Teddy Sheringham, Lars Bonding and a crew of other capable players have willingly stepped in to keep the action going.

To watch Boateng in action just rewind the stream to the beginning.

2) Sorkin to Adapt Molly's Game

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Bloom getting walk-and-talk treatment?

According to Deadline.co the world famous Aaron Sorkin - he of TV's The Newsroom and The West Wing and the ongoing Steve Jobs film - has signed on to adapt Bloom's memoir Molly's Game.

The memoir, of course, details Bloom's circuitous path from aspiring Olympic skier to host of the infamous Hollywood/New York home games featuring Tobey Maguire, Ben Affleck, Leonardo DiCaprio, Alex Rodriguez and more.

Bloom was eventually indicted as part of the FBI's Russian Mob sting of 2013 but in the end only received probation.

By the sounds of it Sorkin is, unsurprisingly, quite busy with projects at the moment so it may be awhile before Molly's Game hits a screen of any sort.

Still it'll be very interesting to see how this develops as a big or small screen project - including if any of the actual actors involved in the real games gets involved.

3) Chamath, Calacanis Palo Alto Power Players

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Chamath: Not just "obsessed" with poker. He's really good at it.

We've had a taste of Phil Hellmuth's famously tough local home game via his Tweets and interviews over the last few years.

Now Business Insider has given us a closer look into a few of the usuals in the game in a new piece called "Why Silicon Valley's Elites are Obsessed with Poker."

Not surprisingly the host of the game is former Facebook VP Chamath Palihapitiya, a Hellmuth pal, WSOP regular and $1m One Drop participant.

Also making regular appearances are SurveyMonkey CEO Dave Goldberg, Yammer Founder David Sacks, Inside.com's Jason Calacanis and a rotation of "professional athletes and poker players" including Hellmuth.

Why are they so enraptured with the game, Palihapitiya says? There’s a certain element of poker that almost “mirrors life and running a startup.”

What exactly are this elements? Check Palihapitiya's list here. We've also talked to him about it.

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