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Today in the 3-Bet we find the first-ever PokerListings Battle of Malta wrapped with resounding success, online poker pioneer Terrence Chan thrashing another opponent in his burgeoning MMA career and Phil Laak showing the poker world he may be the absolute worst goalie to ever strap on the pads.
1) PokerListings Battle of Malta Booms, Plans Build
In case you missed it over the Holiday weekend, while extended families were being ignored in favor of television football in the US a happy bunch of Europeans convened in Malta for the first-ever PokerListings live tournament.
With a €550 buy-in and €150,000 guarantee, the objective was a super fun tournament for the low- to mid-stakes grinder with a nice payout, great locale and a few awesome parties.
Mission accomplished. The guarantee was passed with 349 runners, the VIP party was a gong show of excess and players from all over Europe (and even a few from the US) had a grand time.
Super pros like our host Kara Scott, high-stakes legend Dan Cates, Johannes Strassmann, Gaëlle Baumann, Andrea Dato and Pierre Neuville made it an even more memorable experience.
Italian anesthesiologist Nicodemo Piccolo was our first-ever winner and walked away with €35,000 euros and the super-sick Battle of Malta trophy, but we hope everyone walked away feeling good.
Plans are already in the works for a bigger and better BOM next year so keep an eye on our Battle of Malta page for new promos and freerolls in the New Year.
2) Terrence Chan Thrashes MMA Opponent in 70 Seconds
As one of the original online team at PokerStars and a fantastic poker player in his own right, we've always been big Terrence Chan fans.
We've followed his burgeoning MMA career pretty closely over the last few years as well and it seems success is just a way of life for him.
The Vancouver native won his debut pro fight in Hong Kong earlier this year and crushed in his Battlefield Fight League debut in September with a second-round stoppage of Tony Nguyen.
On Saturday Chan ran his professional MMA record up to 3-0 with a 70-second thrashing and armbar submission of Ryan Comber in another BFL fight in Vancouver.
Chan doesn't play as much poker as he used to, and even suggested this past summer's WSOP was the end of an era, but after tying the WSOP record with 10 cashes he clearly still has plenty of game.
3) Phil Laak: Worst Goalie Ever?
With a record-setting field and a $779k first-place prize, it looks like the first-ever WPT event in Montreal can also be declared a smashing success.
Decidely not a smashing success? Phil Laak's goaltending skills.
A Hockey Shootout Challenge featuring NHL star Phil Kessel and poker pros Daniel Negreanu, Marvin Rettenmaier, Antonio Esfandiari and Laak was put together and the footage is, err, a little disturbing as far as Laak's overall mobility and reflexes goes.
We worry for Jennifer Tilly a bit, actually.
Esfandiari didn't fare much better but as always he's just ahead of Phil on the curve. Clip below: