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Daily 3-Bet: Holz Glitch, MTL Hissy Fit, The Other Godfather
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Today in the 3-Bet we find a glitch in the poker matrix, a chip-throwing DQ at WPT Montreal and a poker godfather from another side of the planet.
1) Blue Pill, Red Pill
As dozens of poker pros have "joked" - and Fedor Holz himself has shown us over the past few months - if Holz enters a poker tournament everyone else is officially playing for second.
His rate of return is rather unworldly and, retired or not, seems to have no end in sight.
Bad news for everyone at EPT Barcelona, then:
Holz has entered today's €25K Single Day Re-entry event.
There does, however, appear to be signs of hope. Holz is reportedly on his second bullet (!) already and even - gasp! - misplayed a hand!
With another €1m-ish prize up top and a recent bust of Charlie Carrel, though, it's about t-minus 45 mins until he has the overwhelming chip lead.
We kid, we kid. Sort of. Follow the live updates all day right here.
UPDATE: Fedor Holz has been eliminated as the first player in the money. Lord help us all.
2) Keep it Together, Man
As anyone who's been on the KK end of an AA-KK cooler knows, it can be a frustrating experience.
More so, maybe, if you're on the AA side and a K pops up on the board.
Still - and especially if you dropped $600 on your buy-in and have 9 BB left after you lose the hand - you have to keep your wits a bit better than this guy at WPT National Montreal last night.
According to the WPT Live Updates he blew his top when a King hit the turn and was out the door even before he was DQ'ed for spraying his chips all over the table.
Check the full write-up here; see the pic below:
Note: It looks like there's a drink spill involved, too, but it's actually a map graphic on the felt. As far as we can tell it was just the chips tossed.
3) Godfather Part 2
After all this time we thought it was just Doyle Brunson who carried around the moniker of 'Godfather' in the poker world.
Turns out, on the other side of the planet, another Godfather has been consolidating his power in New Zealand since 1996.
64-year-old Jack Efaraimo has played the NZ Poker Championships since then and earned himself the "Godfather" nickname for both his longevity and generosity.
This year, in fact, Efaraimo reportedly helped 27 players make the trip from Wellington to Christchurch for the championships and his good karma came back to him in spades as he won the main event for $50,000.
As Efaraimo told the NZ Herald, "I remember playing this tournament in 1996 when it was a $4700 buy-in and first prize was over $100k. I've basically been back every year since, but this win is definitely the highlight for me."
Read the full story here.