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In today’s Daily 3-Bet we’ll be taking a look at Gus Hansen competing in a non-poker World Championship, Tom Marchese cleaning up a Five Diamond prelim and Barry Greenstein espousing the benefits of travel.
Gus Hansen Flying High in Racketion World Championships
Multi-talented Gus Hansen
When you’re Gus Hansen even losing $2 million in one month of online poker can’t bring you down.
The Great Dane is looking to move past a bleak November by making a big run in the World Championships of Racketion in Stockholm, Sweden.
The mixed-game spread of the racket world, racketion sees contestants compete in four different disciplines including table tennis, badminton, squash and tennis.
Hansen is off to a hot start in the knockout-style 489-player World Championship. He defeated Austrian Lukas Windischberger in the first round and then beat former professional tennis player Peter Duyk in the second round.
It was a huge upset for the 71st-ranked Hansen as Duyk was ranked ninth in the world rankings.
At the time this article was published Hansen is in the midst of his quarterfinal match against fellow Dane Kasper Jonsson. You can follow along here.
Tom "Kingsofcards" Marchese
Tom Marchese Wins Five Diamond $2.5k Prelim
Christmas came a little early for respected grinder Tom “kingsofcards” Marchese as he trounced a 62-player field to win a $2,500 No-Limit Hold’em Five Diamond Prelim yesterday.
Marchese earned $51,117 for his efforts in the contest. Bellagio has been good to Marchese this year as he won the WPT World Championship $100k Super High Roller event back in May for $1.3 million.
The final table in the $2.5k prelim was surprisingly tough as Justin Young and David Sands were both on hand. Sands finished sixth while Young made it one step farther by finishing fifth.
Poker pros have been cleaning up during the Bellagio prelims as Dwyte Pilgrim won the first $1k event for $43k.
The prestigious WPT Five Diamond $10,300 buy-in Main Event begins Dec. 4 and runs through Dec. 9.
Barry Greenstein on Hitting the Road for Good Games
The Bear is always hunting for good games.
Are the immense expenses of traveling to reach good poker games worth it?
It’s a question many poker players have asked and Barry Greenstein laid out his thoughts in an interesting post on the PokerStars blog today.
Greenstein starts by admitting he’s missed out on value recently by not traveling as much as he did in the past.
He then talks about how the big mixed games have dried up on the West Coast and he’s resorted to making the extra effort to travel to Atlantic City in search of action.
One of the best segments of the post has Greenstein explaining how big games start and why he’s missed the boat on Macau:
What a lot of people don't know is that big games don't usually start overnight. They build over time. The winners of smaller games get more money and start playing bigger, especially if there are amateur players who can buy in bigger.
That's what happened in Macau. Originally the buy-ins in Macau were $5,000 to $10,000. As people started winning the buy-ins got bigger, bigger and bigger. I missed out on the monstrous games because I never traveled to Macau and didn't put in time to build up connections so that I was ready to play when those games happened.
To read the complete article just head to the PokerStars blog.