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Daily 3-Bet: DNegs Drags, Polk Lags, Jennings Jeopardy! Bot
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Today in the 3-Bet we find Daniel Negreanu dragging some huge six-figure pots online, Doug Polk hits the wall against Hold'em AI Claudico and Ken Jennings' remarkable Jeopardy! run deconstructed.
1) Negreanu Scoops $130k Pot
It turned out pretty well for him:
It was infinitely educational for those with an interest in playing better poker in mixed games. It was also pretty f'in entertaining.
If you haven't jumped on the DNegs Twitch bandwagon yet there's no better time than the present. You can watch the replay of last night and we expect he'll be back on soon - especially if things go south in the $25k High Roller.
2) Polks Hits the Wall, Li Surges
They're now over 3/4 of the way through the 80,000-hand Brains vs. AI Challenge and it looks, for all intents and purposes, like he humans will win pretty handily.
After around 68,000 hands the Brains are now up $673,941.
That doesn't tell the whole story, though, as some interesting developments have, err, developed over the past few days.
For one, Doug Polk is no longer king Brain as Bjorn Li has surged way ahead in the personal tally against the Claudico bot.
The long days/hours seem to be getting to Polk as he dropped over $100k to the bot yesterday and is now up just under $185k.
Still an impressive tally, but not the direction people were expecting Polk's to go. Li, on the other hand, has pushed his advantage up to $466,473.
Dong Kim is up $129k while Jason Les still trails by $106k. Check the full scoreboard and catch the live streaming action every day until Friday right here.
3) Ken Jennings is a Unique Trivia Flower
Make no mistake: While former poker pro Alex Jacob's run ended after a mere six games, it's still one of the more impressive runs in Jeopardy! history.
While it pales in comparison to all-time king Ken Jennings' 74-win streak it still puts him well into the upper echelon of Jeopardy! champions.
After Julia Collins' 20-win streak the number for consecutive wins drops to 19, then 11 (also a poker player - Arthur Chu), then 9 and 8 pretty precipitously.
So he's not that far behind the best of the best, really. It also turns out, naturally, than Jennings is a bit of a super freak.
The always enlightening FiveThirtyEight blog broke down some of the unique requirements to become a Jeopardy! legacy and determined Jennings is, more or less, cut from the perfect Jeopardy! cloth.
"Unflappable" and "robotic" were two of the adjectives they used to describe him, so ... yeah. Don't feel any shame, Alex. Jennings was also nearly eliminated on his very first game, too.