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Today in the 3-Bet we find Howard Lederer whiffing again in the Lederer Files, Phil Ivey pissing off his Twitter followers and poker unsurprisingly pegged as the key to happiness.
1) Lederer Whiffs Again in Lederer Files Parts 3/4
The much anticipated Parts 3 and 4 of the exclusive PokerNews interview with Howard Lederer are now posted and, as expected, they're doozies
Focusing on the dire financial state created by a $100 million+ phantom deposit backlog in late 2010 and then on Black Friday and its aftermath, it’s becoming pretty clear that what players want most - complete truth - isn't forthcoming.
It's also pretty clear Ray Bitar is being set up to be one of the fall guys. Case in point for both theories? Lederer at around 13:00 in Part 3:
“Financial problems, no. I was never shown a balance sheet or any kind of financial document that, um, would have suggested that we were in a severe state of financial distress before April 15.”
Lederer also claims the first time he heard of the nine-figure backlog was at Bitar’s house the night of April 7 before he flew out to the Middle East for a USO poker tour. Even then, he says, he didn’t think it was an emergency.
Also illuminating is the clear dividing line Lederer claims between owners who felt paying players back was the #1 priority and those who booed a $150-million deal with Jack Binion at 40% share dilution off the table because their cut would be hurt.
Check the full Parts 3 and 4 below. Catch up with Parts 1 and 2 here.
2) Ivey Twitter Account Really Starting to Chafe Fans
You know why Daniel Negreanu and Phil Hellmuth are the most popular poker players in the world?
It's simple. For good or ill, they can't help but be themselves. On TV. On the radio. And on Twitter.
Hellmuth might name drop like a schoolgirl and Negreanu might get into topics he has no business in, but at least you know it's them, foot-in-mouth and all.
The same can't be said for Phil Ivey.
We've mentioned the ludicrous @PhiIvey tweets before but another few weeks of inane, clearly-not-phil-ivey tweets is starting to push his fans to the edge.
Some of the latest examples:
Unsurprisingly fans are not responding well, perhaps best summed up by this response:
Seriously. Whoever's running Ivey's Twitter account: stop before you ruin Ivey for everyone.
3) Poker = Discipline, Happiness
What's the most productive, fun and effective exercise for mastering discipline? According to writer Kate Moulene on the Huffington Post: Poker.
Author of the well received “Can Poker Save the World?” last year, Moulene is back with a new look at poker as the perfect means to learn the discipline needed for the emotional and intellectual mindfulness that leads to human happiness.
Yep. Poker is that powerful. In her words:
"Poker is a game that can take a Harvard professor and a high school drop out and put them on an even playing field based on the delicate and complex elements of math, instinct and personal perception skills that each have individually acquired ...
"While there is of course an element of "luck" during any game, poker falls hard on the side of well-learned proficiency ...
"To succeed in life an individual must be able to sit mindfully and observe those around him and make wise decisions about when and how to behave. When to take risks. When to be patient.
"Those basic positive skills are transferable to every part of an individual's success. Of course there are many ways to learn discipline. But over the years I have never discovered a practice that is as much fun or teaches so many diverse proficiencies as well." Read the full post here.