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Daily 3-Bet: Esfandiari Burns, Gross Celibate, ADZ Stars
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Today in the 3-Bet we find the winningest poker player in history getting his freak on, poker pro Jeff Gross making one of the worst prop bets in history and poker lightning rod Matt “ADZ124” Marafioti starring in our new EasyGame documentary series.
1) Esfandiari, Laak Load Up Tandem Sit-Bike for Burning Man
What do you do after you win $18 million in the richest poker tournament ever held?
First, go to the Maldives with the most decorated Olympian ever and a few of your best friends. Then you go get deep and naked with a bunch of radicals in the middle of the Nevada desert.
Or you do if you're Antonio Esfandiari.
Just back from his epic Maldives trip, Antonio Esfandiari, winner of the $1 million Big One for One Drop and now highest-earning live poker pro of all-time, is now prepping for his annual trip to Burning Man in the Black Rock desert next week:
Less than a week left until we load up and head out to Burning Man.This could be the MOST excited I've been all year. Ready— Antonio Esfandiari (@MagicAntonio) August 20, 2012
What’s Burning Man? If you don’t know, here’s a primer.
Who’s going with him? Well, Laak of course. And, lord help them, maybe Mike "The Mouth" Matusow.
When the pics of Matusow riding a unicorn in a space suit make their way to the surface, we'll be sure to post them.
2) Jeff Gross Can't Touch Women for Six Months
Another benefit to being the winner of the biggest poker tournament in history?
Having a bottomless bankroll to make your friends do hilarious and torturous things for money.
Bubbling up from the aforementioned Maldives trip, it seems Esfandiari convinced fellow pro Jeff Gross to make one of the worst prop bets known to man.
In short, Gross has to avoid any and all sexual contact with women for the next six months for $30k:
CRAZYbet!— Antonio Esfandiari (@MagicAntonio) August 10, 2012
@jgross5 has to go the next 6 months wZEROphysical female contact. hugging and accidental brush by touching allowed-NOTHING sexual
Gross is even going to tweet about the gory details. So far, he's holding up, although the last report was nine days ago:
Day 4 of my 180 days of celibacy. So far, so good.— Celibate Jeff Gross (@CelibateJG) August 12, 2012
Keep track of his progress (or lack thereof) @CelibateJeffGross
3) Matt "ADZ124" Marafioti Featured in EasyGame Mini-Doc Series
Matt "ADZ124" Marafioti is a guy people seem to love or hate.
Among the adjectives typically thrown at him? Brash. Arrogant. Immature. Impulsive. All of which may be considered true, even by ADZ himself.
But there's no denying he's one of the most talented players in the game. And has an intriguing back story to his poker life.
Our new interview series, Easy Game, is designed to feature those players who live and breathe poker. We visited Matt at his home in Toronto in May (before any recent allegations came to light) to find out more about his poker life.
Watch the full piece below. Catch our first episode with PokerStars pro Barry Greenstein here.