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Daily 3-Bet: Liv Mind Freak, Bilzerian = Gates, Premier League Ep. 1
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Today in the 3-Bet we find Liv Boeree freaking people out on a new Discovery Channel TV show, Dan Bilzerian calling himself the "Bill Gates" of poker and Episode One of the latest PartyPoker Premier League debuts.
1) Liv Boeree, Mind Control Freak
We know Liv Boeree has what it takes to manipulate weaker players at the poker tables. Now we'll get a chance to see how good she is at doing it in real life.
Boeree announced yesterday she's one of four protagonists on a new Discovery Channel show called "The Mind Control Freaks."
According to a release the show will "explore the inner workings and psychology of the human mind."
Wreaking havoc on people's minds along with with Liv will be magician Alexis Conran, hypnotist Lewis Le Val and sleight-of-hand pro Pete Wardell, who will "use psychological tricks and mind manipulation on the public to get them to do unexpected things."
Peer pressure, conformity and obedience to authority are some of the techniques we can look forward to seeing along with hypnosis and magic.
Ten 30-minute episodes are on tap with the first set to air in April; read more about it here.
2) Bilzerian: "I'm the Bill Gates of Poker"
Say what you will about millionaire playboy/gun freak/poker impressario Dan Bilzerian, he's never not boring.
From his T&A-and-vanity-vehicle-filled Instagram account to his bold asssertions about Phil Ivey's financial status to his vague allusions to $10m buy-in poker sessions, Bilzerian has drawn a hailstorm of media attention in 2014.
All In Magazine is the latest to take a stab at the Bilzerian phenomenon, posting an in-depth interview today that sheds some new light on the Blitz fascination.
Of particular interest is the part about his poker exploits, although the writer admits it's pretty hard to verify the private games Bilzerian plays in. Still, Bilzerian says he's done ok given his talent level:
"If you look at poker as a sport like baseball, for instance, then I feel like maybe a minor league or a high school ballplayer. But I play with tee-ballers, so it’s not as hard.
"If you look at poker like a business, then I would say I’m Bill Gates, because I’ve won over $50 million playing poker. Who the f— else has done that?”
Lots of other great parts to it, too; read the full piece here.
3) PartyPoker Premier League VII: Episode 1
Missed watching poker on TV? PartyPoker Premier League VII, filmed in Montreal late last year, is here to fill the void starting with Episode 1 below.
Highly enjoyable commentary from the legendary Phil Laak and Jesse May. Enjoy: