Daily 3-Bet: Lacay Leaves, Old School Cards, BoostedJ Bluffs Manny

Justin Smith
Justin "BoostedJ" Smith

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In today’s Daily 3-Bet we’ll take a look at Ludovic Lacay saying goodbye to poker, the oldest playing cards around and Justin Smith remembering a funny hand against boxer Manny Pacquiao.

1) Ludovic Lacay Leaves Winamax, Poker

Ludovic Lacay
Ludovic Lacay

Skilled French poker player Ludovic Lacay is apparently retiring from poker.

Lacay discussed his reasons for leaving Winamax and poker in general in a rather esoteric blog post titled “Forgive me Father for I have sinned.”

The main reason? Lacay wrote:

I’ve played poker for nine years, travelling from one tournament to the next and country to country for eight of those. It’s time for me to turn the page and move onto other things. I know how to spot an opportunity I can’t pass up. It’s scary and exciting, just like poker at first, and that’s what I want to do.

Lacay leaves behind a solid legacy in poker that includes $3.2 million in lifetime live tournament earnings, which places him sixth on the all-time list for France and some memorable runs in the WSOP Main Event.

Best of luck, Ludo!

2) Met Museum Displays Classic Playing Cards

And you thought your set of original Kem cards was cool.

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Playing cards at the Met museum.

The Metropolitan Museum of Art is currently displaying a set of 52 playing cards from 1470.

The cards were found in the Netherlands and interestingly feature a round design rather than rectangle (every dealer’s nightmare).

It’s the only known complete deck of illustrated playing cards (non-Tarot) from the 15th century.

The cards are barely used so it's not clear if they were produced purely as an ornamental set.

Let’s bring ‘em back for the 2015 WSOP!

3) Justin “BoostedJ” Smith Remembers Big Bluff Against Manny Pacquiao

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Instagram: Manny Pacquiao and Justin Smith

Iconic Filipino boxer Manny Pacquiao’s new documentary “Manny” debuted this week to rave reviews.

Poker pro Justin “BoostedJ” Smith attended the premier and actually recounted a great story playing poker with Pacquiao.

It turns out that Smith pulled off a huge bluff against Pacquiao and, for a moment, feared getting punched in the face but Pacquiao just laughed it off.

Here's the complete story from BoostedJ's Instagram:

Story time: One day, Manny and I were playing poker for the first time ever together. I ran one of the most aggressive bluffs ever in my career against him and I bet over $100k on the river, he thought for almost five minutes, and finally showed me that he had folded top pair of aces.

He started to beg me to show him my hand. I had one of the most nothing possible hands I've ever ended up having, but I had a read on him and decided to go with it. Naturally, I don't usually like to show my hands, and didn't want to rub it in his face that I had outplayed or "fooled" him. I also didn't want to make him upset since he was asking me to do something. So, I asked him three times "are you sure you want to see my hand?" And he nodded his head energetically and saying yes while anticipating me to show my cards.

I showed him an absolute stone cold bluff and when his eyes compared my cards to the board to find the correlation that didn't exist, his eyes darted back up to meet my eyes and his fists clenched up. I realized I had pissed off not someone only I had been a big fan of, but someone who happened to be an 8 different weight division championship boxer. He abruptly stood up and charged walking over to me, I stood up, and he started roaring with laughter and shook my hand and gave me a back pat hug. He respected the move I had made because he loves competitiveness. Manny is an international symbol and at the very top of the list of people I've been in absolute awe by when in his presence.

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