Daily 3-Bet: Cates Fights, Gordon Tips, Mozart Plays Poker

Dan Cates
Dan "Jungleman12" Cates

The PokerListings Daily 3-Bet is a moon buggy ride through the gravity-less atmosphere of the lesser-known poker news world.

Any suggestions for a future 3-Bet, feel free to drop a note in the comments.

Today in the the 3-Bet we find Dan Cates and Andrew Feldman talking fisticuffs, Phil Gordon sharing his six tips for succesful poker (and business) and chess prodigy and poker fan Magnus Carlsen featured on 60 Minutes.

1) Dan “Jungleman12” Cates and Andrew Feldman to Fight at WSOP

Andrew Feldman
Ready to rumble.

Whatever the reason for poker player vs. poker player fights, we’re all for it.

The ElkY vs. Veldhuis fight was surprisingly high level and fun to watch, and anything that gets poker players off the message boards and into the ring has got to be good for our overall health/image.

It seems like the trend is growing, even, with high-stakes pros Dan “Jungleman12” Cates and Andrew Feldman maybe the next to step up for a bout.

Cates' tweet:

@Andrewfeldman1 so you still want to do the fight? Let's schedule for this WSOP perhaps? #Ringmatch

Once they get into poker, they also tend to do very well.:

Sure lets do it! #hu4rolz

And just like that, it's on. Exactly what's "on" we're not sure, but we’ll be on the lookout for details.

If you’re interested in getting into the fight game yourself, stay tuned to PokerListings for an upcoming guest post from Jeff Joslin on how to get started training MMA.

2) Phil Gordon’s Six Tips for Poker and Business Success

Former famous face of Full Tilt Poker Phil Gordon is getting back into the online gaming world only this time with a new company that develops online tournaments for skill-based video games.

Gordon will be in Seattle for the Startup Poker 2.0 conference fronting his new site Jawfish Games and presenting his seminar entitled “Winning in Poker and Business” to the exclusive meetup of tech startup founders, execs and investors.

Phil Gordon
Roshambo ftw.

In case you're not in one of those three groups, his six tips for poker/business success are:

  • Be Aggressive
  • Be Patient
  • Have Courage
  • Be Observant
  • Be Resilient
  • A Desire to Improve

“My theory is if you have all six of those qualities at the poker table, you are going to be a champion player," says Gordon.

“If for some reason you are not a champion poker player, you are missing at least one of those, probably more."

Gordon's also looking for some soft games while he's in town.

“Let’s just put it this way: When I am in town, I am not only scouting for potential partners for Jawfish, I am also scouting for easy money at the poker table.” 

More from GeekWire.com here.

3) Mozart of Chess Magnus Carlsen Featured on 60 Minutes

Jeff Sarwer
Jeff Sarwer - the other chess prodigy.

Chess prodigy Magnus Carlsen, dubbed the 'Mozart of Chess" and the youngest ever No. 1 ranked chess player in the world when he was 19, was featured on 60 Minutes last night.

How does that relate to poker? Kinda sorta.

Carlsen has said in the past that he doesn't hang out in bars but chats online or plays online poker while taking a break from chess.

As we've also featured before, typically there’s not much money in chess and several of the game’s best (Almira Skripchenko, Jeff Sarwer, etc) have moved into poker to try and help pay the bills.

Once they get into poker, they also tend to do very well.

Thankfully for the poker world, Carlsen is a bit of a sensation above and beyond just chess and makes around $1.5 million a year via sponsors and modeling so he's not currently pressed for cash.

Let’s hope it stays that way so poker doesn't have another genius to contend with.

Either way, it's still a great watch. Full segment here.

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