Daily 3-Bet: Fantastic Mr. Zinno, WSOP Fires Back, Churchill Pigeon

Churchill
Not a rounder, apparently.

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Today in the 3-Bet we find Anthony Zinno putting an emphatic stamp on the World Poker Tour, the WSOP's Ty Stewart fires back at Mike Sexton and Harry Truman and the boys soft play Winston Churchill.

1) Everybody Loves Anthony Zinno

I'll have what he's having. Unbelievable. Nicest guy in poker. Just wow.

The accolades keep pouring in for Anthony Zinno from social media but it's still just starting to sink in what he's managed to do.

Loni Harwood
Made Zinno into a verb, even.

Just a few of the startling takeaways from Zinno's third WPT title last night at the LA Poker Classic:


  • Won his third WPT title in just 531 days (H/t @tim00)
  • Tied with Gus Hansen and Carlos Mortensen for most career WPT wins
  • Third ever to win back-to-back WPT crowns (Marvin Rettenmaier, Darren Elias)
  • Over $1.3m in earnings in roughly 2 weeks
  • Outlasted fields of 538 and 419 players, respectively
  • Cashed for 7th time this WPT season, tying record
  • Now has two diamonds next to name on WPT Champions Cup
  • Has more expensive Hublot watches than he has arms

There's more, but it'd just make everyone else feel even worse. He's also now a poker verb:

Let's not forget Mike "GoLeafsGoEh" Leah, either, who continued his $2m+ 2014 with another $700k score last night. Mbn. Huge congrats to both.

2) Ty Stewart to Mike Sexton: We Are Not Dr. Evil

Remember those Mike Sexton beefs with the WSOP we mentioned yesterday?

We weren't the only ones reading. WSOP Executive Director Ty Stewart clearly took a good perusal of Mike's concerns and fired back a great, measured response in the comments.

Ty Stewart
Ty Stewart, 2013 WSOP

And fair play - it's a very good, well-reasoned reply that punches some big holes right back in Sexton's arguments. Plenty of good stuff to excerpt but this stands out:

"In closing, I'd just like to say that we believe we have right to operate a fair business with the WSOP event and brand, we are almost always guided by simple endeavour to do the right things for the right reasons.

"We want to be a source of pride and unifying platform for you and everyone who loves poker.

"We want it bigger and better yes. But we are not Dr. Evil plotting to exploit a community (which is too smart for that anyway) on an annual basis."

Check the full reply in the comments here. Kudos to Sexton as well for taking it like he dished it, tweeting the reply out to his followers.

3) Truman and Pals Soft Play Winston Churchill, Poker Pigeon

The current handcuffing of online poker in the US is pertually surprising for a number of reasons, not the least of which is America's long and storied history with the game.

How storied? It was, and is, played by Presidents. Aka the person who runs the country.

it's not surprising to find a poker/politics analogy used in mainstream news but it was cool to find an actual reference to a poker game among politicians today.

Truman
Not afraid to take a hit for the good of the nation.

In this case it's a poker game on a Presidential train from Washington to Florida. Recaptured nicely on RealClearPolitics.com, it also seems there was a bit of soft-play required.

"Over dinner, Churchill told Truman he’d first played poker during the Boer War and asked if a game might be conjured up. These were magic words to the Missourians.

“'Winston,' Truman said, 'the fellows around you are all poker players, serious poker players, and would be delighted to provide you with a game.'"

After first asking his boys to prove their American mettle an hour later Churchill was down and "in over his head." While Churchill was in the bathroom, Truman changed his mind:

“'Now look here, men. You are not treating our guest very well,' the president said while looking at Churchill’s dwindling pile of chips. 'I fear that he may have already lost close to $300.'

"Hearing this, Vaughan started laughing. 'But boss, this guy’s a pigeon, he said.

They eventually just agreed to not let him lose anymore. See? American tradition.

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