Daily 3-Bet: Devilfish Update, Chess Gets Pokerized, Legal Poker in TX

David "Devilfish" Ulliott

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In today’s Daily 3-Bet we’ll take a look at David “Devilfish” Ulliott fighting cancer, chess getting some poker inspiration and a new legal poker club in Texas.

1) Inside Look at Devilfish’s Battle Against Cancer

David Ulliott

The poker world took a big hit earlier this week when it came to light that everyone's favorite swashbuckling English poker pro David "Devilfish" Ulliott had been diagnosed with terminal cancer in February.

Fortunately Ulliott has been a fighter his entire life and he told his hometown newspaper the that he doesn’t intend to stop any time soon.

The article is particularly poignant and talks about the early stages of Ulliott’s life when he was just 15 years old playing cards.

Ulliott also mentioned he’s had an incredible outpouring of support from poker players around the world since being diagnosed.

He explained quite poetically:

“It’s just one of those things. It is a hand that life has thrown at me. All my life I have had rubbish hands and I have managed to turn them around. It is what I am good at and this is no different.”

2) Chess to Utilize Poker-Style Production

We’ve been saying it for years but the very fact that poker has a significant presence on ESPN speaks volumes about the producers and TV crews behind the scenes.

chess set
Jenn Shahade photo by St. Louis Today.

Watching a card game doesn’t exactly sound all that riveting but if you take a look at the WSOP, EPT or even the more recent Shark Cage it’s surprising just how much drama they are able to cram into each episode. 

Well it seems that chess is finally taking a page out of poker’s book for the upcoming 2015 National Chess Championships.

According to the chess club’s billionaire founder Rex Sinquefield helped build a cutting-edge set and attract a host of commentators including PokerStars MindSports Ambassador Jennifer Shahade. 

This year’s broadcast will also be streamed on chess24.com and uschesschamps.com.

Our suggestion? Focus on the people. The stories behind poker’s original characters are what drove a lot of new players to the game.

3) Texas Card House Offering Legal Poker in Austin

Texas Card House
Texas Card House photo by Austinnot.com.

We’ve wondered this for years but considering that taking rake is the part of running a poker game that’s illegal why hasn’t anyone found a different way to profit from the game?

It appears the Texas Card House in Austin has figured it out.

Instead of taking a rake the Texas Card House offers membership to a card and social club with a variety of different membership dues starting at $25 a day to $150 for a month.

The idea is that the club is offering membership to a private club, similar to a country club, not profiting from poker necessarily.

It’s really, really interesting and it’s the brainchild of Sam Von Kennel who used to work for the Chairman of Licensing and Administrative committee so he’s very familiar with gambling laws.

There’s no telling what exactly will happen with the Texas Card House and there’s a chance it will be shut down by the government ASAP for exploiting a loophole. Then again, it's already been operating for more than a month.

The membership fees are also extremely reasonable when you consider you’re paying $150 to pay rake-free poker for an entire month.

You can learn more about Texas Card House in this article on Austinot.com.

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