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Today in the 3-Bet we find online kingpin Shaun Deeb doing what he does best, Terrence Chan gearing up for one last run at the WSOP and Overheard on CNN sharing some multiplying poker metaphors.
1) Shuan Deeb Wins Again With $2k SCOOP Stud Title
He’s not necessarily a big name to mainstream poker fans, but Shaun Deeb is easily one of the top online poker players of all time with over $5 million in earnings and legendary volume levels.
He can’t punctuate a sentence for shit, but man can he crush some online poker.
Yesterday Deeb continued doing what he does best, adding a $2k Limit Stud SCOOP title to an online trophy case that already included another SCOOP title, two WCOOP titles and dozens more major wins.
Deeb earned $41,600 for outlasting a tough field of 64 players including Eugene Katchalov, Sorel Mizzi, Scott Clements, Alexander Kostritsyn and fellow final-tablists James Obst and Pat Pezzin.
Also making nice runs in SCOOP events yesterday were Mike “SirWatts” Watson and Steve “MrTimCaum” O’Dwyer who took home second ($81,221) and fourth ($54,251), respectively, in the $2k No-Limit Hold’em Super Knockout.
For a full rundown of yesterday’s SCOOP action, check the PokerStars blog.
2) Terrence Chan: Last World Series of Poker Hurrah?
If you’ve been following our Terrence Chan reports lately, you’ll know the long-time poker veteran has made a fairly big shift into the MMA world.
He still plays competitively and is a sponsored pro with Hero Poker, but MMA is eating up more and more of his time - and his passion.
With his seventh full year at the WSOP coming up, Chan has written a great post about his always-present excitement but also the likely “end of an era” for him and his friends:
“... for me, the upcoming WSOP feels a little bit different. Within my closest circle of friends -- the guys who comprise what is often referred to as the 'Math of Poker House' -- there is some feeling that the band is breaking up.
“At least one person has expressed the idea that this will be his last full WSOP. Another of our group is working on a new startup and will skip the main event (gasp!).
“Yet another will be foregoing the tournaments entirely, only dropping in on occasion to play cash games. And I find myself questioning my motivation to play poker for a living more and more these days.
“I've been in the game a long time now, and it's getting hard to compete with the young lions who are passionate about grinding the long hours and putting in their work. But if 2012 truly is the last hurrah, then I'm determined to go out with a bang, not a whimper..."
3) Overheard on CNN: Dozens of Bad Poker Metaphors
Bad poker metaphors run rampant across mainstream media (so many peace talks, so many poker faces!), but Overheard on CNN has done us the ultimate favor of compiling a bunch all in one place to feel their full glory.
Reacting to JP Morgan Chase CEO Jamie Dimon saying the US has a "royal straight flush" with the world's strongest military, best businesses, most entrepreneurial workforce and deepest capital markets, CNN commenters piled on with their own poker bon mots.
"Jamie Dimon sees a 'royal straight flush' with stacked red and blue chips on the table ... most of us see a 'pair of threes' with a handful of one-penny white chips on the same economic table..."
“I know of 16 trillion reasons that the U.S. is not holding a good hand right now, but if we take a few cards and throw away a few bad ones, we could get back in the game."
"I wonder if Dimon thought he had a royal straight flush when JP Morgan had to be bailed out by the feds in 2008."
"That would actually be called a freeroll."
"Sounds like Dimon is bluffing his hand up a bit. Too bad he has a serious tell called reality."
Zing! Love the poker metaphor. Especially when it multiplies. See the full list here.