Daily 3-Bet: Luongo Trade, Nate Silver on Poker, Somerville Out100

Roberto Luongo
Luongo: Still a Canuck, but pad-free.

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Today in the 3-Bet we find Roberto Luongo trading in the grind of the NHL season for a grind at the WSOPC, American Golden Boy Nate Silver weighing in on online poker's future and Jason Somerville named one of Out Magazine's most-inspiring people.

1) Luongo Trades Pads for Poker, Thrashes Darcy Hordichuk

Normally at this time of year, Vancouver Canucks goalie Roberto Luongo is taking 100 mph pucks off his mask and having his legitimacy as a winner questioned by the blood-sucking local media.

This year, instead, he got to sit down and play some cards.

Participating in the first-ever WSOP Circuit event in Vancouver while the NHL lockout festered, Luongo also sat down with his sponsor, PlayNow.com, to answer a few questions.

Results below, including an enjoyable dig at Darcy Hordichuk's bluffing skills and his thoughts on his nice run at last year's WSOP:

2) America's Golden Boy Nate Silver Weighs In on Online Poker

Nate Silver
If Nate has hope, so do we.

He might be the most sought-after man in America right now for calling every state vote correctly, but stats guru and election prognostication genius Nate Silver still has time for his roots.

The former baseball analyst who developed the PECOTA stat-tracking system somehow found the time to sit for a live chat session yesterday with sports-news antagonists Deadspin.com.

Answering questions from fans, Silver covered everything from how his NY Times blog FiveThirtyEight came about to the taste of Chicago hot dogs. He also briefly predicted the future for online poker in America, and the future is... reasonable:

"My hunch is that the poker community probably underrates how difficult it is to get ANYTHING done at the federal level, especially in the near term.

"But the intersection of the need for more tax revenues, poker having become increasingly mainstream, better lobbying efforts on behalf of the poker community, etc., bodes reasonably well in the medium-to-long term.

"From a public policy standpoint, it's ridiculous that so many states allow the lottery but not online poker. The demographics of poker tend much more toward people who can "afford" to gamble."

Read the full Q&A here and another great Deadspin piece on why political idiots are like sports idiots here. Read our interview with Nate at the 2011 WSOP here.

3) Jason Somerville Named to Out Magazine's Out100

Jason Somerville
Well-deserved honor.

Poker pro Jason Somerville is on a pretty solid life heater these days.

From the warm reception to his coming-out blog to some great results at the tables to his superb documentary series on coaching Russell Thomas for the Main Event final table, everything seems to be going his way in 2012.

And deservedly so.

Chalk up another accolade as he's now been named to the Out100, Out Magazine's list of the most inspiring LGBT leaders of the year.

Lauded for his great successes on and off the table, Somerville says he owes a lot to the reception he got from the poker community and to his partner:

“I have been in an amazing relationship this entire year, and I don’t know where I would be without him. He’s my biggest supporter, my most passionate motivator, my inspiration, and my best friend.”

See the full Out100 here.

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