Daily 3-Bet: Phil Dips, Moneymaker Pips, NegreanHammer

Chris Moneymaker
Chris Moneymaker.

The PokerListings Daily 3-Bet is a hand-waving, late afternoon presidential motorcade through the main drag of poker-news town.

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Today in the 3-Bet we find former Full Tilt huckster Phil Gordon making more moves in online gaming, Chris Moneymaker making yet another case for poker on MSNBC and Daniel Negreanu making another fuss about his forum ban.

1) Phil Gordon: Tournaments are Sticky and Fun

Former Full Tilt pro Phil Gordon is inching his way back into the online gaming realm through his new company Jawfish Games.

According to Geek Wire, Gordon's Washington-based company just got an injection of almost $900k in investment capital to help “build out Jawfish’s unique online gaming tournament platform.”

The first game to launch a couple of weeks ago was the Facebook-based Word Joust, a 16-player, head-to-head anagram-solving tournament game.

Phil Gordon
Back in the gaming saddle.

No poker game was mentioned as on the horizon but with Gordon’s background and looming regulation for online poker in the United States it would seem like a natural fit.

Jawfish also announced that Kyle Stewart, part of the founding team at Zynga, has been added to the Jawfish board.

“We’re well on our way to proving that tournaments are sticky and fun for players,” Gordon told Geek Wire.

2) Chris Moneymaker: The Horatio Alger of Poker

2003 WSOP Main Event champ Chris Moneymaker and filmmaker Doug Tirola appeared on MSNBC’s Morning Joe this week to push the newly released and well-reviewed poker documentary All In.

As usual they faced the same array of superficial questions every poker player faces in the mainstream media (Why do so many people play poker? Why is poker on TV so much? Is poker bad?).

Both Moneymaker and Tirola handled the questions well and made yet another good case for poker as a legit enterprise and skill game for smart people.

Name dropped along the way were Richard Nixon, Harry Truman, George Clooney and Horatio Alger.

It's a good watch. H/t to Pokerati for the upload.

(FYI - Horatio Alger wrote rags-to-riches stories about struggling valiantly against poverty and adversity before ultimately realizing the American Dream. We had to look it up too.)

3) Daniel Negreanu: Not a Fan of the BanHammer

If you were waiting all week for another 10 minutes of Negreanu ranting about his 2+2 forum ban, bob’s your uncle today.

Also included in this week's Negrant: dog pics, iSeries betting tips, a Huff and Stapes clip, a Phil Ivey degen story (17:50), some backyard golf chipping and an Anna Faris montage.

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