Daily 3-Bet: Mercier Slump, Matusow Hump, DNegs Reads Souls

Mike Matusow

The PokerListings Daily 3-Bet is a whirlwind, hand-slapping tour through the afternoon poker news media circus.

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Today in the 3-Bet we find Jason Mercier bemoaning his longest losing jag, Mike “The Mouth” Matusow bemoaning his reversal of life fortune and the one-man media blitz that is Daniel Negreanu taking on Southern Ontario.

1) Mercier's Longest Losing Streak Ever?

A slump for Jason Mercier – one of the most successful tournament pros ever – is in a very different category than a slump for an average poker player.

Seemingly hitting for a six-figure score every other month for the past four years, Mercier is now facing what he says may be his longest dry spell ever. Tweeted Mercier on Monday:

The record shows Mercier has still won about $100k so far in 2012 with a third-place in a PCA $5k and a cash in the $10k Bounty at Bay 101 - which would be a banner year for some.

Given the buy-in levels and volume Mercier plays ... yeah, probably fair to say that's a major slump.

Still, he did win the $100k High Roller at the Five-Diamond Classic in December for $700k, so no need to shed a tear for him just yet.

If the Heat lose the NBA final, though, things could get dicey we'd guess. And just to rub it in, ElkY also passed him on the GPI this week too.

2) Remember When Mike Matusow Was Rich? He Does.

Remember about 18 months ago when Mike “The Mouth” Matusow was one of the biggest, baddest, fanny-pack wearing poker players in the world?

Mike Matusow
Salad days: tossed.

Almost seems hard to believe, but Matusow really was one of the most influential poker personalities around thanks to the exposure and security his monthly FTP nut provided.

It’s a much different story these days, as Matusow told PKR’s Stacked Magazine in its latest edition:

"I lost $185,000 on Full Tilt, but that wasn’t the worst part. Losing my contract with Full Tilt was the worst of it ...

"I thought I was set for life, with a cheque coming every month, and the thought that now I had to go out and play poker for a living was so hard."

To make ends meet, Matusow says he's now humping out to the live games in San Diego five days a week:

“I’m grinding out a living now, playing a lot in San Diego, but it’s not easy. Pros have taught everybody else how to play poker ...

"Between November [2011] and March [2012], I probably won about $125,000, so I’m okay, but you still have bad runs.

"Last week, I lost $75,000 playing poker. That hurt. You have bad weeks and they suck."

Also featured in the piece about Black Friday and its impact are Daniel Negreanu, Joe Hachem and Brian Rast. Download the PDF of the last edition of Stacked here.

3) Daniel Negreanu: Poker's Coca-Cola to Hellmuth's Pepsi

Never one to rest on his Coca-Cola-esque status in the poker world, Daniel Negreanu hopped off the plane from Monte Carlo and his €600k runner-up finish and immediately hit the media trail again.

Ostensibly in Toronto to play the SCOOP and to squeeze in his Limit Challenge with rUaBot, Negreanu made appearances on Fan590 radio, Canada AM and MTV Canada in the span of about 24 hours.

Whatever you think of Negreanu, you can’t argue he’s done more for poker in the mainstream media (positively that is) than anyone in the history of poker.

Check his clip on Canada AM where he explains how he reads souls (Hint: it’s like a baby) here.

While the title says it's about him getting ready for the WSOP, they never really get into it so here's a reminder of some of his better WSOP soul reads:


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