Daily 3-Bet: Hellmuth Angst, Timex Lecture, Griffin A-Ha

Phil Hellmuth
Sleepless in Hellmuthville.

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Today in the 3-Bet we find Phil Hellmuth tossing and turning after his loss to Mike Matusow in the NBC Heads-Up final, Mike "Timex" McDonald stepping in for a poker lecture at MIT and Gavin Griffin sharing a few of his critical poker "a-ha" moments.

1) Hellmuth Losing Sleep After NBC Heads-Up Loss

Oh, Phil.

A couple of years ago, in the midst of a career drought, we might have bought some existential angst after a major loss.

After the last year, though, it's hard to believe he's really taking his defeat in the NBC HU Championship so badly he's losing sleep over it:

Just a quick recap of Hellmuth's results lately:

  • 4th in the first-ever $1m buy-in tournament for over $2.6 million
  • 12th and 13th WSOP bracelets
  • First person to win both the WSOP and WSOPE Main Event titles
  • Runner-up to Mike Matusow in the NBC Heads-Up Championship for $300k

So, yeah. Don't weep too hard for Hellmuth. Who isn't losing sleep over Phil's angst? Matusow, obv:

2) Timex Guest Lecture at MIT

We've mentioned Will Ma's poker seminar at MIT before and he's back at it again this year with nine lectures breaking down the mathematical strategies needed to win at poker.

One of the absolute best at both the math and the winning parts of poker? Mike "Timex" McDonald - one of the youngest EPT champs ever and a former classmate of Ma's at the University of Waterloo.

Timex stepped in for a guest lecture this week and the results are posted below; if you like to win at poker, it's definitely worth your while.


3) Gavin Griffin Shares Some A-Ha Moments

Gavin Griffin
Plenty of insight to share.
 

Speaking of great poker minds giving away some of their trade secrets, Poker Triple Crown winner Gavin Griffin is doing likewise over on his CardPlayer blog.

One of the most thoughful and honest pros on the circuit, Griffin shares a few of the key a-ha moments he had early in his career:

"I learned from that game and those people that collaboration is a very important part of learning and developing as a poker player. Since then, I’ve noticed that the most successful parts of my poker career all came while I was involved in deep collaboration with other very good players.

"I was very involved in the earlier days of 2+2, and more recently, I’ve been lucky enough to have actual geniuses to talk to about math, game theory, and poker theory and that has elevated my game tremendously."

So, yeah. See post above with the Timex lecture. Might be worth the time to have a listen.

Read the rest of Griffin's post here. Read about Griffin's trials and tribulations in poker over the last few years in our interview here.

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