Daily 3-Bet: Demidov Don’t, Glantz Do, Gus Maybe

Gus Hansen
Gus Hansen always knows how to keep things interesting.

The PokerListings Daily 3-Bet is a quick spin through three lower-profile poker news stories that deserve a bit more play.

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

Today in the 3-Bet we find former Main Event runner-up Ivan Demidov scorned by hipsters for his PokerStars patch, Matt Glantz calling out young pros to be responsible for the game and Gus Hansen joining the movement to Macau.

1) Right Sport, Wrong Guy

Over the years, Vice Magazine’s “Do’s and Don’ts” have been pretty astute and/or hilarious, but they’ve clearly gone downhill with founding editor Gavin McInnes no longer at the helm of the commentary.

Former WSOP Main Event runner-up Ivan Demidov was recently caught by a Vice photog and taken to task for his “card-playing team” patch.

Ivan Demidov
Ivan Demidov looks very out of place on Vice's list of fashion Don'ts.

A weak attempt all around with a shot at bowlers work in, it’s clear Vice has little to no idea just how much that little patch of PokerStars is worth.

Or that it doesn’t quite make Demidov a fashion loser.

They are on the right track singling out poker though. If they want to mock some next-level fashion don’ts, just spend a day at the WSOP in Las Vegas this summer.

(H/T to The Poker Muppet from 2+2 for sharing the news)

2) Glantz Speaks on “Responsibility in Poker”

Veteran tournament pro and master tweeter Matt Glantz recently published a blog entry that’s managed to inspire some debate among the next generation of poker heros.

Titled “Responsibility in Poker,” Glantz takes aim at the “top of the food chain” young guns in poker and admonishes them for not always acting as the game’s best representatives.

An excerpt:

You guys are looked up to by the entire poker world. Whether you are in a major televised poker tournament or just in your local card room, you are always on stage. Your actions have many ripple effects. As a young person, this is a hard fact that you must come to understand.

Matt Glantz
Matt Glantz appeals to young pros as "the future of the poker industry".

... Poker needs you to come to this realization. You have to present yourself in a positive light at ALL times for the game. If poker is your career, you need to do your best to help grow poker for the long term.

I am not here to bash or scold you guys. You know I am your biggest fan. The young guns of poker, all one hundred or so of you, are the future of our poker industry.

3) Gus Goes To Macau … But Might Not Play

Somewhere in Macau a Chinese businessman is smiling.

While most poker players are getting ready for the upcoming PCA, Gus Hansen is packing up and plotting a course for the big games in Macau.

Besides hating on Christmas and talking about board games, Hansen’s latest blog post outlines his plan for Macau - although strangely, playing in the big games isn't yet a lock:

“Heading to Hong Kong and Macau tonite.

“I have heard a lot about the crazy action going on out there and now I will have a chance to see it with my own eyes.

“Whether I will be playing some serious high stakes poker in the next week or so is still up for debate?

“First of all I might not be able to get a seat and if I get a seat I might not want to play.”

With elite players like Tom Dwan and Phil Ivey filling the seats not taken up by maniac billionaires, it’s safe to say Gus might get in a little trouble.

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