Daily 3-Bet: Merson Gamble, Watson Rise, Lederer Ban
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Today in the 3-Bet we find Greg Merson sharing his plans for spending some of that $8.5 million Main Event money, Mike “SirWatts” Watson moving up the Global Poker Index and a group of players lobbying (unsuccessfully it seems) for a Howard Lederer ban.
1) Merson Has Old School Gamble, Will “Invest in Himself”
There are plenty of reasons to feel good about Greg Merson as the new WSOP Main Event champion. His humble demeanor, his obessessive dedication to poker, his recovery from addiction.
The "old-school gamble" in him is pretty sweet too.
Still not completely settled after his win, Merson sat down for an interview with sponsor IveyPoker.com and shared his plans for that new bankroll: namely move up to the biggest high-stakes cash games in the world. Says Merson:
“One of the best things I can do with my money is invest it in myself and continue to grow my bankroll and find as big as games as possible. But also be smart about it and not just go sit with a million dollars wherever that would be.”
Check the full interview below:
2) Watson Up Two Spots on GPI; Schemion, Karamalikis Soar
The weekly Global Poker Index update has brought good news for Mike “SirWatts” Watson.
The Canadian online crusher has posted some very steady results live lately and another recent score at the ACOP Main Event in Macau has boosted him two spots on the GPI to #8.
Also on the rise this week are Steve O’Dwyer (up two spots to #5), Bryn Kenney (up two spots to #13), MCOP winner Ole “wizowizo” Schemion (up 126 spots to #89) and Australian Jonathan Karamalikis (up 152 spots to #107).
Latest GPI Top 10 below:
- #1 Dan Smith 3041.94
- #2 Jason Mercier 2891.06
- #3 Marvin Guido Rettenmaier 2758.57
- #4 Bertrand Grospellier 2682.86
- #5 Stephen O’Dwyer 2546.84
- #6 Philipp Gruissem 2515.25
- #7 Andrew Lichtenberger 2453.78
- #8 Michael Watson 2445.48
- #9 Phil Hellmuth 2421.95
- #10 David Sands 2409.74
3) Petition to Ban Lederer Shot Down By Management
Forum posters on 2+2 are buzzing about the latest Howard Lederer drama unfolding.
A $5/$10 grinder named Nick Divella tried to start a petition to ban Lederer from the Aria in Las Vegas where Howard's been playing.
Drawing plenty of attention and support from players, Divella says he did meet with Aria management but as of now they say they need to "remain neutral" on the matter.
Check the tweets from Divella below and join the discussion on 2+2 here - one that includes an impassioned post by EPT founder John Duthie calling for people to lay off Lederer.
Lederer, meanwhile, was busy having his lawyers file a motion to dismiss all charges against him.
Is banning Lederer the answer? Let us know in the comments.
A pic of the petition to bar Howard Lederer. Come down to Aria tonight starting at 4pm to sign. twitter.com/NickDiVella/st…— Nick DiVella (@NickDiVella) November 15, 2012
The point of the petition was to get national attention and it has in just a few hours (thank you). I just had a 45min meeting with Aria and— Nick DiVella (@NickDiVella) November 16, 2012
They are taking our concerns to upper management but I was told as of right now the poker room must stay neutral on the situation— Nick DiVella (@NickDiVella) November 16, 2012
Poker needs a governing body but where does it start? A poker black list is needed for people who tarnish the industry in a dramatic way— Nick DiVella (@NickDiVella) November 16, 2012
He's a total scumbag but a ban is ridiculous. Where do you draw the line then? Anyone who multi-accounted? People who are just assholes? Someone who beats his wife?
I repeat still a complete and total cocksucker
lol poker players are such pusies a petition fight him already
I like this Merson kid. Humble but confident. Willing to take his winnings and put it on the line for more. True poker heart. We'll see where he is 5 years from now, but I like his gumption.