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Today in the 3-Bet we find Dan “jungleman12” Cates looking to fire up the dormant durrrr Challenge, Joe Cada sharing what he’s learned from poker and another potential suitor for Full Tilt Poker apparently materializing.
1) Cates Looking to Resurrect durrrr Challenge
Remember the durrrr Challenge?
Kind of hard to after all that’s happened since it started, but at one point Patrik Antonius and Dan “jungleman12” Cates were both in the middle of $1.5 million, 50k-hand online challenges with Tom Dwan.
Antonius and durrrr had pretty much completed theirs with durrrr way in front, but Cates and durrrr had just got started and Jungleman had raced out to a huge lead.
Cates, naturally, still wants to finish up the challenge as he told the PartyPoker blog today:
"There is no doubt that i am still interested in completing this – it is not yet finished.
"We last talked about it a few months (ago), maybe we can get something going at the Premier League. I have played a little with him live but not heads-up"
Cates also spoke to claims he's been getting thrashed in high-stakes cash games lately:
"There is a talk about me losing heavily in live cash games in recent months and I can say i truly i haven’t done as bad as some people say. Yes, there was an unfortunate session in Australia but otherwise it has been going well."
Both Cates and durrrr have also been added to the PartyPoker Premier League V event in Vienna in April.
2) What Joe Cada's Learned From Poker
2009 WSOP Main Event champ Joe Cada was recently featured in a great segment on Poker Player UK called What I've Learned from Poker and shared several thoughts on what his poker journey has shown him.
One of the things he's learned? Some live pros are kind of assholes:
"…I still get criticised for a lot of hands I feel I shouldn’t. It’s funny. The hands I feel I made mistakes in back in 2009 are never the hands that get brought up.
"I had some live pros come up to me and say ‘you suck’, and I thought it was uncalled for. I’ve had to explain myself a lot.
"But I got extremely lucky and I’m the first one to admit that. When you’re a tournament pro, there’s luck involved in nearly every situation."
Cada also talks about a friend stealing his chequebook and taking him for $60k, how he over-thought every hand after winning the main event and what kind of player he is now.
It's an excellent read; British pro and TV host Vicky Coren has also been featured in the What I’ve Learned series.
3) UK Company Interested in FTP if Tapie Backs Out?
The iGaming Post reports that "three separate reliable sources" have told them a private equity firm from the UK is interested in buying the Full Tilt Poker software if the Bernard Tapie Group deal falls through.
None of those sources were named, but they all suggested the new suitor is only interested in the FTP software not the company itself.
The deal would supposedly be in the "$30-35 million" range and speculation is an existing operator would then buy and use the software on their platform.
The company of Full Tilt Poker, as it is, would be "wound up."
More "information" here.
4) Bonus 4-Bet: Negreanu Weekly Rant
You know it, you love it. This week's Negreanu rant runs from the Epic fail to Survivor to JRB with a news segment, green screen and boing! noises.
Yep. He's gone that far with it.