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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
BOM host and all-around awesome Kara Scott.
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.
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.
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