Daily 3-Bet: Monk WTF, Zuck FU, Negreanu FTB

Daniel Negreanu

The PokerListings Daily 3-Bet is a whimsical yet charming bow tie-and-cardigan combo in a sea of afternoon poker news suits.

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Today in the 3-Bet we find some Korean monks doing some ballsy poker high rolling, a suit guy complaining about Mark Zuckerberg’s hoodie and Daniel Negreanu taking one for the birds.

1) Boozy Monks Gamble Close to $1 Million Playing Poker

A group of Buddhist monks in South Korea were filmed by a hidden camera drinking, smoking and playing poker while ostensibly attending a memorial service at a luxury lakeside resort.

For monks of the oldest and most respected religious order in Korea, this is apparently not good. The video was then leaked to the public and the scandal has rocked the Jogye community, which is actually about 1/5th of the population (10 million people).

Six of the eight monks, including two spiritual elders, have now offered to resign as a result.

The even crazier part of this story? The amount of money reported in the game was roughly 1 BILLION Korean Won or about $875,000.

To which we say: What the f? Either the incense and knick-knack business is off-the-rails booming in South Korea or some monk has some explaining to do.

Check the footage below:


2) Guy in Suit Calls Zuckerberg Hoodie "Immature"

Pius Heinz
Hates suit guys.

This is only tangentially related to poker but considering the hoodie is so ubiquitous and talk of a poker dress code has been kicking around lately, we think it plays.

Michael Pachter, a financial analyst, did an interview with Bloomberg TV and criticized Mark Zuckerberg for wearing his standard hoodie while doing the rounds raising capital in advance of Facebook’s IPO.

“Mark and his signature hoodie: He’s actually showing investors he doesn’t care that much; he’s going to be him,” Pachter said

“I think that’s a mark of immaturity. I think that he has to realize he’s bringing investors in as a new constituency right now, and I think he’s got to show them the respect that they deserve because he’s asking them for their money.”

To which we say: C’mon, suit guy. And dress-code advocates.

We’re not into flip-flops and dirty T-shirts either but we’ll take a Pius Heinz hoodie gang (how fun was that?) over an ill-fitting button-down any day.

And if we had a nickel for every time some douchebag in a cheap suit tried to pass himself off as professional, we’d have Zuckerberg money.

Follow Zuckerberg’s Hoodie on Twitter here.

3) Negreanu Weekly Rant: Let's Hear It For the Birds

The week wouldn’t be complete without a Daniel Negreanu rant, so here’s his latest.

He’s been in Toronto doing some media stuff and, ho hum, finishing second in a SCOOP event, but he’s managed to post his rant from his brother’s house.

If you're into exotic bird soundtracks, this week's your oyster.

Topics include his aforementioned brother's birds, WSOP rule changes and Australia expansion, Isildur1, things you can say playing online poker you can’t live and a Ray Davis degen story.

Also relevant: he’s not a big believer in suits at the poker table either. Check the rant below:


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