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Today in the 3-Bet we find Tom Dwan rampaging through the high-stakes online games in February, Daniel Negreanu hinting at the sounds of little feet in his near future and the tech nerds of Silicon Valley putting poker pros in their place for charity.
1) durrrr Pillages High-Stakes Games for $2.9m in February
For a guy whose every click used to be monitored breathlessly, Tom “durrrr” Dwan kinda flies under the radar these days.
Brought back to the online game as a new Full Tilt Professional with Viktor “Isildur1” Blom and Gus Hansen, Dwan has stepped back in the online game fairly quietly since FTP's relaunch last Nov.
He lost a bundle in Dec/Jan but since the calendar rolled over to Feb he's been on a heater reminiscent of the best times of his career. The online prodigy has trounced a variety of games and stakes – not to mention A-list pros – to pocket close to $3 million.
His hot streak carried over into March as he took in another $600k in everything from 8-Game to NLHE to 2-7 Triple Draw this weekend.
Check his results for the month plus replays of some of his biggest pots over on highstakesDB.com.
durrrr’s next big challenge will be during EPT London when he, Blom and Hansen take on Daniel Negreanu, Bertrand Grospellier and Ike Haxton in the PStars vs. Full Tilt Heads-Up Challenge.
2) Negreanu Back from Extended Break, Looks to Future
We haven’t seen much of Daniel Negreanu at the tables in the last few months. Most notably he pulled out of the NBC Heads-Up championship for a prior commitment, which turned out to be related to the his recent Leadership Training program.
He’s back at the tables at WPT Bay 101 in San Jose today and updated his fans on the reasons for his recent absence in a new blog post.
While he used to go and play anywhere he could, he says, the changing nature of poker geography has kept him off the grind a bit. He also has some new priorities to keep in mind:
"As for me, I'm at a different point in my life where I don't want to commit the same amount of time to travel, and it's different now with most of it being overseas in Europe.
“I was single back then, and not at all looking to settle down. I'm 38 now, and there will be little Negreanus running around in the not too distant future, so that will require me to scale back a bit on the travel."
For more on Negreanu’s recent leadership training watch the interview below.
3) Silicon Valley Tech Kings Bounce Poker Pros Again
For the third year running a bunch of Silicon Valley tech geeks have beat a group of poker pros at their own game.
Part of the lead-up to the WPT Bay 101 main event that started today, the tech titans tested their poker skill against some volunteer pros from the poker world in a tournament to raise some money for charity.
This year, as in the two years prior, the nerd kings came out on top as Google's Shishir Mehrotra edged out Nancy Albertini and Twitter's Amar Anand for the title.
Dan "KingDan" Smith was the only pro to make the final table. Shannon Shorr, Jonathan Little, Joe Serock, Faraz Jaka, Jason Sommerville, Tommy Vedes, Noah Schwartz and Dan O'Brien also particpated.
About $25k was raised for this year's charity, the Computer History Museum. More on the event here.