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Daily 3-Bet: Ivey DFS, Bilzerian's Brand, The Unknown Poker Player
The PokerListings Daily 3-Bet is a long-awaited rainstorm for the dry, barren wasteland that is the mid-afternoon poker news world.
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In today’s Daily 3-Bet we’ll take a look at Phil Ivey getting into DFS, the man behind the Dan Bilzerian brand and a completely unknown player winning a WSOPC event.
1) Phil Ivey to Launch DFS Site
Phil Ivey has been relatively quiet lately but it seems he’s got a new business vertical in the works.
The iTeam Network will be launching a Phil Ivey-branded site on their DFS platform next month.
"Over the past few years I've been looking for more ways to share with fans my perspective on Daily Fantasy Sports," said Ivey.
"I was honored to have multiple options but iTEAM Network's focus on compliance and the core technology, along with the leadership of Gabe Hunterton, ultimately made it a pretty easy decision.”
Seems weird for arguably the world’s greatest poker player to spend a great deal of time on DFS but who knows. It worked for Aaron “AEJones” Jones.
Of course the free-to-play Ivey Poker closed down in 2014 so maybe Ivey is just looking for a new business venture.
2) The Man Behind Dan Bilzerian’s Social Media
This is interesting.
The Observer snagged an interview with social media manager Greg Baroth who runs a variety of accounts for celebrities like Verne Troyer, Randy Jackson and poker player/really rich guy Dan Bilzerian.
It’s an in-depth look at what it actually takes to get someone like Bilzerian trending (it’s not just blowing up cars and posting pictures of scantily clad women).
The Observer even asked Baroth how important controversy was for someone like Bilzerian.
Baroth: People love controversy. Controversy is something that certainly helps a campaign. Whether good or bad. It makes people have an opinion on the matter, which is better for sharing and engagement. So while it is not a must, it certainly helps. If you can’t do controversy, try cats. I’ve sort of put myself into a niche though of this and I’m trying to get my way out.
Wait a minute, Bilzerian is fairly controversial and frequently posts picture of his cat. Perfect storm right there.
3) Unknown Player Bests Barny Boatman, Wins WSOPC Marrakech
It’s not every day a poker player wins a tournament and there’s entirely no record of him/her.
That’s exactly what happened in a side event at the World Series of Poker Circuit in Marrakech last night.
Famed English pro Barny Boatman actually finished second for $26,038 but the grand prize of $38,055 went to “unknown”.
No name, no picture, no information of any kind.
Apparently that’s because the Marrakech Casino allows players to keep their anonymity when it comes to entering poker tournaments.
Of course that seems like a very easy way to launder money and GPI CEO Alexandre Dreyfus ranted about it on Twitter.
So who is “unknown”? You can make your guesses in the comment’s section below.