Daily 3-Bet: Galfond Opens Up, Negreanu Plots, Dangs Chase Tail

Phil Galfond
Phil Galfond: New open door policy.

The PokerListings Daily 3-Bet is a quick spin through three recent poker “news” stories that deserve a second glance.

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Today we find a new commitment for 2012 for Phil Galfond, an ambitious plan for Daniel Negreanu and a redistribution of online poker wealth into the crawfish industry.

1) Galfond Taking Responsibility in Poker Seriously in 2012

Despite a few naysayers, a lot of people in the poker industry have clearly taken Matt Glantz’s recent blog about “Responsibility in Poker” to heart.

Simply amazing pic by John Wray of Micros fame.

Fans of online poker icon Phil Galfond will be happy to hear Galfond is one of them.

Galfond has made a pledge to be more open about his life both inside and outside poker and to step up even more in setting a good example for young pros in 2012.

Drawing inspiration from Daniel Negreanu, Phil explains his new outlook in two new blog posts to start the new year:

“I don’t have any delusions about being like Daniel.  I’ll never be as outgoing, talkative, or as bold as he is. 

“I’ll never be as well-known or liked by the general public (nor do I think I’d want to… it seems hard).  I’ll also never have the tournament success Daniel has.   

“I just will try to put a little more of myself out there and hope that I can set a good example for some of the young online pros (now that I’m an online dinosaur), and try to play my part in giving online poker players, and all poker players, a better name.”

Negreanu himself tweeted his appreciation for the shout out and a burgeoning Negreanu/Galfond bromance thread has, naturally, already run wild on 2+2.

2) Negreanu Aims High, Offers Piece in $1 Million for One Drop

Speaking of Negreanu, Daniel also recently posted his annual blog about his goals for the year.

In 2010, he set 8 goals and only hit 1. In 2011 he set 10 and hit 3.5. But that apparently hasn’t discouraged him from a) setting more goals and b) aiming extremely high.

Among his goals for 2012 (in random order) are:

Daniel Negreanu
DNegs: Lofty goals.
  • $1 million in tournament earnings
  • Have a better year than Jason Mercier
  • Follow my personal tournament rules religiously
  • Regain the #1 spot on the WPT all-time money list
  • Win a WSOP Bracelet
  • One Major Tour Win outside the WSOP

Given that he could be on the hook for over $2 million in buy-ins this year, he also selling off pieces of his action for the epic $1 million buy-in tournament at the 2012 WSOP:

“Including the massive $1 million buy in One Drop event at the WSOP this year, as well as going down to Aussie Millions for at least another $100k, I could spend as much as $2 million in buy ins this year!

“That's a crazy thought. I'm not planning on putting the whole million up for the One Drop event and am looking to sell probably $600,000 worth of pieces.

I am considering doing it via twitter and Full Contact Poker, allowing people to buy a piece of me for as little as $120! If that happens, I'll obviously post details.”

Check his blog out here.

3) Dang Brothers Redistribute Poker Money to Crawfish Community

Once one of the most feared duos in all of high-stakes online poker, the notorious Dang brothers, Di and Hac, haven't been seen much at the tables over the last year.

Poker money + Cajun crawfish = Chasin' Tails

High-stakes pros looking to get back any of the $15 million lost to the brothers over the years are likely out of luck as they've apparently poured that money into a Crawfish restaurant.

Called "Chasing Tails," the restuarant is adhering to the time-tested American restaurant standby of food, friends, family and fun.

Also, football. And boils.

From their Facebook page:

"Crawfish, a staple of Louisiana seafood, attracts thousands of visitors each year from all over the country to the region.

"The traditional Cajun way of serving crawfish is adding a special mix of homemade, southern style boil’s seasoning to a batch of crawfish.

"The boil is drained and dumped right onto the table. This style of food brings about a fun, social atmosphere for family and friends to gather during meal time.

"Add some beers and football and you have the perfect ingredients for a great time enjoyed by all."

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