Daily 3-Bet: Lodden Gamble, Sunday $5m, Poker Name-Drop Off
6 December 2013
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Today in the 3-Bet we find Johnny Lodden walking away from hundreds of thousands of dollars for the sake of the gamble, the PokerStars Sunday Million gets juiced up to $5 million guaranteed this weekend and it's a poker rap name-drop battle to the death!
1) Johnny Lodden: I Don't Like to Do Deals
Lodden thinks your deal stinks.
There are many, many reasons to like Johnny Lodden -- as both a poker player and a person -- but one of the greatest is his willingness to trust in his ability at the poker table. Even if it costs him hundreds of thousands of dollars.
"It takes away a lot of final table strategy, when a deal is made. Everyone is looking at the payouts and the jumps from spot to spot, and you can usually see early on at a final table who is scared and wants to fold their way to a higher finish and who isn't. So I feel like I have more of an advantage to play it out, since without a deal I can pressure those players who are afraid to gamble and improve my own chances of going deeper.
"Deals also take away the fun for me, too. They take away the gamble. When I finally get to a final table in a tournament, I want to win and enjoy that pleasure of doing so. And I'm willing to risk the pain of coming up short, too."
Lodden uses the EPT Grand Final as an example where he made the final three with Steve O'Dwyer and Andrew Pantling but didn't make a deal with 2.5 m euro still on the table. Needless to say we like how Lodden thinks. Full piece here.
2) PokerStars Sunday Million Juiced to $5m This Weekend
How hard is it to make up an entire rap using poker players' names as your primary material? Very hard, as you can see in this week's Friday rap battle between the one and only Prahlad "Pragress" Friedman and Nick Javas' EPT Season 10 preview "Ride on the River."
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