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In today’s 3-Bet we’ll take a look at Phil Galfond making fun of his disastrous high-stakes run, chess/poker player Magnus Carlsen going AMA and poker players reading mean Tweets about themselves.
1) Phil Galfond Brushes Off Losing $1.4 Million
The last week hasn’t exactly gone according to plan for Phil “OMGClayAiken” Galfond.
The high-stakes icon has been categorically stomped on Full Tilt Poker by friend/nemesis Viktor “Isildur1” Blom in PLO. Combined with other losses Galfond is down $1.4 million this week, according to highstakesdb.com.
Fortunately Galfond seems to have retained some optimism about his situation and quipped, “Not a great day back at the tables. Oh well. On the bright side at least I lost a lot of money,” on Twitter.
Even fellow high-stakes pro Tom Dwan chimed in with some advice for his friend:
"@PhilGalfond: What's the best way to make a quick $1.4m back? Asking for a friend." In macau the standard way to get even is bacarrat— Tom Dwan (@TomDwan) March 19, 2014
In other news Gus Hansen, of all people, seems to finally be turning around his never-ending downswing with a $1.2 million win yesterday. Huzzah!
2) Chess Master Magnus Carlsen Goes AMA
Familiar with Magnus Carlsen? You should be.
The 23-year-old Norwegian prodigy is currently the talk of the chess world after beating Viswanathan Anand in November to become the new world champion.
Interestingly Carlsen has admitted to enjoying poker in his spare time, which can only be good for the game.
If people like Carlsen and Nate Silver started playing live tournaments every now and then it would be great for the mainstream exposure.
Anyways earlier today Carlsen did an Ask Me Anything feature on Reddit and while the answers don’t relate directly to poker he did say some interesting things about the chess lifestyle and overall strategy.
You can check out the complete feature on Reddit but here are a few choice answers (he sure sounds like a poker player):
Do you ever log into sites like chess.com, as an anonymous player, and just crush people for fun?
Magnus Carlsen: Once in a while I’ve used my friends account and won a couple of games… or a lot…
How good were you in general classes in school. Like, math, sciences, etc. I’m wondering if genius in chess translates to exceptional performances in all academics?
I think to be successful in anything, at least for me, you need to focus and spend time to get knowledge and understanding of different subjects. When I did that in school I did very well. When I spent more time on chess than on school, I did less well.
How many beers would you need to drink for a Master to be able to beat you?
There is no answer to this question… even extremely intoxicated my chess strength and knowledge is still in my bones.
3) Poker Players Reading Mean Tweets
That whole actors reading mean Tweets about themselves has come to poker!
Produced at WPT Venice with Kara Scott, Roberto Romanello and Jamie Kerstetter the video is somewhat of a mixed-bag, as the players react in real-time to the Tweets and keep cracking up.
There’s definitely some potential though and Sam Trickett’s response to a negative Tweet about him is pretty priceless.