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Today in the 3-Bet we find even Phil Ivey (somehow) taking his game to the next level, poker pros worldwide decompress after the six-week grind of the World Series of Poker and former Facebook VP-turned-venture-capitalist Chamath Palihapitiya sees a lot of poker in life.
1) Ivey Goes Hogan
We've connected the dots a few times this summer between improved health/fitness and great results at the poker table.
But we never really considered that even the greatest poker player in the world was working on his self-improvement game that much.
Turns out we were wrong. And a jacked-and energized Phil Ivey - as if 10 WSOP bracelets isn't enough - is ready to wreak even more havoc come the Fall.
God help us all.
Been working out this Summer more than ever. Can feel its improved my overall energy & daily life. pic.twitter.com/9nXcqbsAGS— Phil Ivey (@philivey) July 25, 2014
2) Pros Go Easy After WSOP Grind
Wonder where all of the poker news (and pros) has/have gone after the WSOP?
Into the wild, or the ballpark, or the gym, the golf course, or the city, for some much needed R+R:
Enjoying Hanging in a small town (Delafield) w no connections. Priorities: 1 sleep in; 2 relax & recharge 3-4 find good food & live music— phil_hellmuth (@phil_hellmuth) July 24, 2014
Played 13 rounds of golf in 2013 ending with a 19.8 handicap. So far in 2014 I've played 48 rounds and am down to a 12.5. Single digits soon— Daniel Negreanu (@RealKidPoker) July 25, 2014
Ugh!!! Back in the Gym to try and work off the Vegas belly.I could be in the worst shape of my life— Sam Trickett (@Samtrickett1) July 24, 2014
Countdown to EPT Barcelona? 22 days and moving fast ...
3) Chamath: "Poker is a Microcosm of Life"
There's a common cliché in poker circles that the lessons/skills/up-and-downs of poker are a great training ground/mirror for life.
We say it. Lee Davy says it. Even incredibly successful people off the felt like Dan Shak, David Einhorn and Chamath Palihapitiya say it.
There's a reason things become clichés, though. They have a lot of truth to them.
We caught up with the always impressive Palihapitiya this summer at the WSOP and, in case you missed, he put that idea into words pretty well:
"You have some skill in that we have a bunch of starting cards. You have a bunch of other things, though, that are not in your control. And then there's a bunch of luck. And then ultimately there's an outcome.
"In some case it all plays out great and everything happens the way it should and you win. In other cases you lose. And in other cases you think you're going to win and you get a bad beat.
"That basically is life."
Yep. That about covers it. Check the full clip with Chamath below: