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Daily 3-Bet: Moneymaker Billionaire, Canada > US, 4 Poker Majors
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Today in the 3-Bet we find a surprising name at the top of the PokerStars Billionaire Club, betting odds for the Global Poker Masters favor Canada and we consider poker's "major" tournaments.
1) Money800 = #1 in Play Money
If you read that headline and thought, "Huh, Chris Moneymaker is a billionaire? Makes sense I guess ..." you wouldn't be alone.
Given the reverence his name has in poker circles and his impact on the industry's bottom line it does seem right to think of Chris Moneymaker as a billionaire.
But Moneymaker is a technical billionaire in one place: On the PokerStars Play Money Leaderboard - aka The Bilionnaire Club.
Money800's current tally? 15,412,744,041, putting him about 1.5 billion ahead of second-place Dash_Lane.
Did he win all those chips? Buy some? Get an open-ended credit line from Stars? Whatever the case it's fitting Moneymaker can at least call himself a Billionaire in some poker form. He's earned it ten-fold.
Check the full Billionaire Play-Money Club list.
2) Canada Opens as Favorite at GPM
Two interesting things to report here:
1. The first-ever Global Poker Masters, an eight-country team event hoping to become the World/Ryder Cup of Poker, can now officially be bet on at Bet365.
2. Team Canada has opened as the favorites to win outright at 2.20. Team USA is second at 3.00 and Team Germany is third at 7.00.
Everybody's stacked so it's pretty hard to find a reason to pick one over the other but the fact you can actually wager real money on the event is one more awesome notch in Alex Dreyfus's "Sportify Poker" belt.
Given the current odds he says he'd bet on Germany, but there's no question where we'd go: the underdog, Ukraine.
Too good at too good a price. And, we expect, very motivated to play for national pride right now.
3) What Would You Pick as Poker's Four Majors?
Sticking with the Sportify Poker momentum PokerPlayerLifestyle.com stirred up some discussion among pros this weekend as to what they would consider poker's four "major" tournaments.
Spoiler Alert: The World Series of Poker Main Event is a consensus pick.
The other three? Some interesting cases made for a select few events but still a surprising amount of variance.
For our money: WSOP Main Event, EPT Grand Final, PCA Main Event, World Championship of Online Poker.
What are your picks? Let us know in the comments.