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Today in the 3-Bet we find Phil Ivey quietly sinking past the $5m mark in losses on his Polarizing account, the poker world congregates in Sourh Florida to pursue a $10m dream and we learn just how confusing multi-tabling can be for the brain.
1) Ivey Drops $5m Under "Polarizing" Account
He's still the greatest player in the game. And up a lifetime $19m or so on his original "Phil Ivey" account on Full Tilt Poker.
But, quietly, Phil Ivey has bled off a tidy $5m over the last year-and-a-half online.
Famously one of the game's biggest winners online the revered Ivey has actually, slowly but surely, joined the biggest online losers club since changing his screen name to "Polarizing."
Since FTP relaunched and Ivey resumed playing around the end of 2012, he's sunk to -$5.1m in losses according to Highstakesdb.com.
His biggest nemeses? Dan "Jungleman12" Cates and Phil "OMGClayAiken" Galfond, who have taken him for $10.2m and $6.9m, respectively.
No need to weep for Phil of course as he's still up $14m or so "career" on Full Tilt. He also has a couple of streams of income, not the least of which are winning huge bracelet bets, crushing High Rollers and edge sorting at casinos. Still ... a bit surprising.
2) $10m SHRPO Starts, Poker Players Descend
While the buzz of EPT100 in Barcelona - the biggest EPT ever held in Europe - is still vibrating across the pond poker players have done what they've always done - moved #ontothenextone.
There are actually a few enticing tournaments underway around the US, including the $1m first-place gtd event at WinStar World in Oklahoma, but the one most have honed in on is the Seminole Hard Rock Poker Open in South Florida.
What's the draw? Specifically - a $10m gtd prize pool.
With a thriving local talent pool the field would be tough enough without a glut of big-name pros flying in but with that kind of guarantee the heavy hitters are dropping in.
Already making their presence felt as Day 1a wrapped yesterday and Day 1b begins today:
Vanessa Selbst, Jason Mercier, Matt Salsberg, Ben Lamb, Dermot Blain, Huck Seed, Ryan Riess, Brian Hastings, Joe Cada, John Hennigan, Josh Arieh, Matt Stout, Mike Leah, Mohsin Charania ... you get the picture.
3) Multi-Tabling is Bad for Your Brain. Sort Of
Truth be told we didn't make it all the way through this post by Haseeb Qureshi on what multi-tabling online poker does to your brain.
For one, we don't actually want to know. Or, more accurately, we feel like we already know what it's going to say.
Mainlining 12, or 18, or 24 tables of online poker for months or years on end ... that's probably not good for your overall brain chemistry - at least as you need it to function normally in the rest of your day-to-day life.
We can't even play 15 minutes of Tetris without having block-spinning dreams, so ... yeah.
The other reason we didn't make it through?
We have a hard enough time making a profit single-tabling the microstakes that getting to the point where we're playing enough tables to risk our health is, well, not really a concern.
Still, if you multi-table a lot (we're looking at you, nanonoko), you might want to take a look at it. Just in case, you know. Enjoy the weekend!