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Daily 3-Bet: Phil Punts Again, Holz v. Degens, No Rap No Gamble
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Today in the 3-Bet we find Phil Hellmuth blowing through buy-ins, Fedor Holz throwing down the WSOP gauntlet and Brandon Cantu figures out the key to poker aggression.
1) Hellmuth Out Another $100k
Phil Hellmuth is nothing if not honest about his trials and tribulations in poker and, as we saw this past week, not afraid to publicly self-flagellate for a big loss at the tables.
Unfortunately - and even with Bill Perkins in the game - things went equally poorly for Hellmuth and he blew through another big buy-in:
Horrible start to $100,000 buy in cash game. @BP22 has thrashed me: if it was a fight, they would call it. I have $10,800 left out of $100K— phil_hellmuth (@phil_hellmuth) May 24, 2016
Sigh, just realized that I WAS up $200,000 in 2016, now I'm down $120,000. I lost $140,000 last Monday & $100,000 this Monday #RoughWeek— phil_hellmuth (@phil_hellmuth) May 24, 2016
As we all know Hellmuth's real bread-and-butter is winning WSOP bracelets so at least he has a full summer of hope ahead. In the interim there's at least the randomness of hanging out with Reality TV's Queen of Versailles:
2) Holz to 'Spewtards': Put Up or Shut Up
German wunderkind Fedor Holz has won more, backed more and impressed more in his short poker career than most players will in a lifetime.
If you've watched him play on cam in the Global Poker League, you know his reputation as a strategy wizard and brilliant poker innovator is well earned.
With a running debate on poker Twitter about the merits of tournament players versus cash-game aces (see Jason Mercier v. Doug Polk), Holz has offered up his position on the matter to the tourney haters:
If anyone wants to get in friendly sidebets for mutually played WSOP tourneys, hit me up— Fedor Holz (@CrownUpGuy) May 25, 2016
Version2: all you degenerate spewtards who think you're the king of the MTT-world, I'll crossbook you for WSOP— Fedor Holz (@CrownUpGuy) May 25, 2016
Takers so far? Looks like Jason Mo and some mixed-game pros but a whole lot of crickets on the NL front. That seems wise.
3) No Gangsta Rap = Super Tight
Has poker pro Brandon Cantu tapped into the secrets of how much music can influence how you play poker?
I just figured something out... If I don't put gangster rap in my headphones, I play super tight.— Brandon Cantu (@brandoncantu) May 21, 2016
@themouthmatusow I just realized I haven't won a hand in an hour. Who can play poker like that?? Switching back.— Brandon Cantu (@brandoncantu) May 21, 2016
We don't listen to gangsta rap but we have noticed when we've got Johnny Mathis in the cans we play pretty soft.