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Today in the 3-Bet we find Dan “Jungleman12” Cates back for another stab at the Party Poker Premier League title, Randy “nanonoko” Lew making his contribution to the Internet meme of the moment and Dusty “Leatherass” Schmidt finding out multi-tabling online poker may have fried his brain.
1) Cates, Schwartz Added to Premier League Lineup
Despite losing the final heads-up match to Scott Seiver, Dan "Jungleman12" Cates still walked away with $300k from last year's Party Poker Premier League.
Not surprisingly, then, Cates is back for more this year. Cates and Brit Luke "FullFlush" Schwartz were named yesterday as the 7th and 8th members of this year's 16-player Premier League lineup.
Said Cates: “I really enjoyed the Premier League last year and am really looking forward to its unique format and personalities. One thing I do want to change from last year though is I want to finish first not second!”
Said Schwartz: “I cannot wait for the PartyPoker.com Premier League VI. From what I see there isn’t a single shark in the line-up yet so they’ll all be getting completely steamrolled. I’m a one man pigeon police.”
The new two join Seiver, Daniel Negreanu, Antonio Esfandiari, Phil Hellmuth, Phil Laak and Tony G. More info (and bad PR quotes) here.
2) Nanonoko Does Harlem Shake
One of poker's most regular and imaginative video bloggers, it was only a matter of time before PokerStars pro Randy "nanonoko" Lew jumped on the Harlem Shake train.
If you've somehow missed it, the senseless internet meme of the moment basically involves a guy in a mask thrusting among people going about their business before the beat kicks in and things get weird.
Nanonoko's put his own twist on it with some homemade special effects, a robot costume and his APPT Macau trophy. It's very enjoyable.
Check his contribution below (and our personal favorite version):
3) Dusty Schmidt Says Multi-Tabling Changed His Brain
Ever wonder if massive online poker multi-tabling is detrimental to your health? Poker pro Dusty "Leatherass" Schmidt says it is -- and that he's now paying the price for his obsession.
In a new blog post Schmidt says he's learned the crazy concentration required for multi-tabling created a loop in his brain that helped him perform at the tables but was damaging to other aspects of his life.
So much so, even, that he's now retiring from online poker and warning other massive mulit-tablers about the possible long-term damage:
"The bad news is that what poker puts the human brain through is unsustainable. I was told that if I choose to play online poker as a full time career, I will likely die of a stroke before the age of 50.
"They said that the human brain simply does not have the capacity to put itself through 8+ hour days of mass multi-table online poker.
"They said that playing online poker to that degree was quite literally one of the very worst things you can do to your brain and body."
Some key points of note: This doesn't apply to most poker players obv. And Dusty Schmidt is definitely not a doctor. In fact his doctor may not even be a doctor. Read more here.