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Daily 3-Bet: Caesars + PokerStars, $100 to $220k, Poker Punch Out
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In today’s Daily 3-Bet we’ll take a look at the ultimate poker team-up, a recreational player turning $100 into $220,000 and the sobering results of a poker-table assault.
1) Caesars Drops Opposition to PokerStars Entering US Market
Sometimes you just need a common enemy to become best friends.
Caesars and online poker giant PokerStars have had a simmering rivalry that dates back to the early stages of the mid-2000s poker boom.
Well, the times are changing and last week Caesars finally decided to drop their opposition to PokerStars entering the US market.
The two companies are now allied in their attempts to legalize online poker in the USA and push the market forward.
One of the key obstacles in that struggle is Las Vegas’ billionaire businessman Sheldon Adelson, who continues to push back hard against online poker in the US.
Imagine if this happened years ago? We’d be raking in pots in California without a care in the world!
2) Rec Player Runs $100 into $220k at WPT
The farther we get away from Chris Moneymaker’s miracle win in 2003 the more we forget about the poker “dream”.
The “dream” is still possible, however, as Coral Springs resident Greg Rosen proved last week.
A recreational poker player, Rosen has a full-time job in the security industry. Work was slow so he decided to play some $2/$5 at Seminole Hard Rock Casino. Turns out the only game running was a satellite into the WPT Lucky Hearts Poker Open.
Rosen won the satellite into the $3,500 buy-in event and ended up finishing fourth to take home $220,189.
There were no gimmicks, it wasn’t a trick, it was just a poker enthusiast winning a potentially life-changing amount of money.
Rosen plans to use the money to fix up his home but we have a feeling he may end up playing a few more tournaments in the near future.
3) Rugby Player Pays Out €10k Because of Assault
Never punch someone at the poker table.
It’s just good, solid, advice for anyone who plays the game.
Irish Rugby pro Neilus Keogh did not heed that advice, however, and will pay out €10,000 to the person he assaulted at the poker table.
Keogh has already lost his pro contract with his disastrous turn at the tables thanks to negative publicity.
He lost a hand to 57-year-old Michael Frisby at the Sporting Emporium Casino and then struck him in the face before throwing a chair at him.
He narrowly avoided conviction by paying out €10,000 and agreeing to undergo anger management.
So again, don’t punch people at the poker table.