Daily 3-Bet: Luongo Trade, Nate Silver on Poker, Somerville Out100
15 November 2012
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.
2) America's Golden Boy Nate Silver Weighs In on Online Poker
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."
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