Daily 3-Bet: Gus Gift, Negreanu Biff, Jungleman’s Pain

Ali Nejad and Daniel Negreanu
Negreanu: Biffs "first-ever heard of" open-face royal.

The PokerListings Daily 3-Bet is a perfectly held sun salutation in the wind-down portion of poker's afternoon hot yoga class.

Any suggestions for a future 3-Bet, feel free to leave a note in the comments.

Today in the 3-Bet we find Gus Hansen pleased to reunite with his lost millions, Daniel Negreanu hitting the motherlode against JRB and Grantland’s Jay Caspian Kang looking into poker's cloudy future (and Jungleman's yoga habits).

1) Gus to Recoup $2.4 Million from Full Tilt Account

Well, he's pretty sure he will. As Gus told Danish newspaper Ekstrabladet yesterday, he'll still “wait to kill the chicken hatched.” (Bless you, Google translate.)

Gus Hansen macau
Every day is Christmas for Gus, really.

But given the new PokerStars-Full Tilt deal, things are looking good right now.

And as one of the biggest winners online in 2011 before Black Friday hit, it's not spare change either as Gus should get the $2.4 million in his Full Tilt account back in his, err, Full Tilt account in about 90 days.

Gus told the paper it was an “unexpected Christmas gift” and said it also likely bodes well for the future of online poker in America:

“It is very positive for the poker world. This matter has given poker a more disreputable name than I certainly think it deserves.

“And now comes PokerStars onto the stage as the knight on the white horse. I think this agreement will also accelerate the process of getting online poker back to the U.S.

“So, all in all, it's very positive.”

Other than Gus’s confusion about when we as a people celebrate Christmas, he should be back playing high-stakes on Full Tilt in 91 days, give or take.

2) Negreanu Hits First-Ever Open-Face Chinese Royal Flush?

In a rare piece of non-FTP related news, lovable loser Jean-Robert Bellande took another costly beating from Daniel Negreanu last night at the Bellagio it seems.

Playing open-faced Chinese Poker, the “IT” game of the moment for poker’s high rollers, Negreanu hit a royal flush to, as he put it, "get paid a TON."

According to JRB, snakebit in whatever form of poker he plays, it was the “first-ever heard of” royal:

Things weren’t all bad for JRB, though, he told his haters:

3) Poker’s Cloudy Future, One Drop Irrelevancy, Yogaman12

Dan Cates
Pain is illusory. Much like Full Tilt money used to be.

If you haven’t read the great Grantland piece by Jay Caspian Kang on the Stars/Tilt deal, the Big One for One Drop and a grab bag of other topics, head here to do so now.

While it does seem like the Stars/Tilt intro/ending was tacked on to an already-done piece, it definitely veers into some interesting corners surrounding poker’s cloudy or not-so-cloudy future.

The crux is still primarily the Big One for One Drop from this summer – or the illusion of relevancy of the Big One – and online poker’s future in the US, but the Stars/Tilt stuff is handled well and accurately (in your face, New York Times!).

As a bonus, we also find out just how much yoga Dan “Jungleman12” Cates is doing.

If that's the only part you're interested in (we see you PocketFives members), here's an excerpt:

"I'm learning through yoga that pain is illusory and that emotions like stress or grief or … " Cates paused and asked, 'What is that word for something you did that you wish you didn't do?'

"I suggested guilt. Cates said, 'No, no. Not guilt. Like the pain of something you did in the past that you wish had gone differently.'"

"I suggested regret. 'Yes, regret. I try to just focus on what's real these days. I don't think of what could have happened, you know, if Black Friday hadn't gone down."

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