Daily 3-Bet: Costa Rica Miffed, Bilzerian Arrested, Selbst's Moment

Vanessa Selbst
Vanessa Selbst

The PokerListings Daily 3-Bet is an early stocking stuffer for poker news fiends who just can’t wait for Christmas.

You can always make your own suggestions for 3-Bet pieces in the comments section below. 

In today’s 3-Bet we’ll take a look at the Costa Rican government taking exception to Runner Runner, Dan Bilzerian getting arrested and Vanessa Selbst doing “The Moment” podcast with Brian Koppelman.

1) Costa Rican Government Angry About Runner Runner

Ben Affleck
You'd be angry too.

A lot of people were disappointed by online poker flick Runner Runner and it appears you can add the Costa Rican government to that list.

Runner Runner, which was penned by Rounders scribes Brian Koppelman and David Levien, was actually filmed in Puerto Rico but was set in Costa Rica.

The movie, which starred Justin Timberlake and Ben Affleck, portrayed Costa Rica as a haven for online gambling companies.

InsideCostaRica.com quoted the Costa Rican Minister of Public Security, Celso Gambo, as saying:

“…Instead of drawing attention to our country for its flora and fauna, they tarnish the image of our civilian police. It is a way of telling criminals and drug addicts that Costa Rica is perfect for such behavior. We want this to be fixed because you don’t mock our country.”

Gambo went on to say the country never authorized the use of its police insignia for the film.

2) Dan Bilzerian Arrested on Explosives Charges

The bad boy of Instagram is living up to his name.

Poker player/trust fund beneficiary Dan Bilzerian was arrested at LAX last night, according to TMZ.com.

Bilzerian is being held without bail in an LA County lockup.

Jay Farber Dan Bilzerian
Dan Bilzerian

TMZ.com reported that Bilzerian was arrested on a Clark County warrant, which related to explosives.

Of course Bilzerian also allegedly kicked model Vanessa Castano in the face in a night club this weekend so it could be that.

Castano initially wasn’t going to press charges but it appears she’s changed her mind and filed a police report on Sunday.

Here’s a video of the alleged kicking:


3) Vanessa Selbst’s “Moment” with Brian Koppelman 

“The Moment” on Grantland is a fantastic podcast where Brian Koppelman, of Rounders and Runner Runner fame, interviews actors, musicians, writers and actors about a variety of topics.

This week Koppelman had PokerStars Pro Vanessa Selbst to talk about everything from small talk to trustworthiness in poker.

There are some great moments in the podcast - at one point Selbst jokes Dan Colman should have just gotten out of poker after he won One Drop for $15m because staking deals are usually verbal - and it’s well worth a listen.

Check it out below:


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