Daily 3-Bet: Muck Fuss, Tilly Gush, The Other Lederer

Jennifer Tilly
Jennifer Tilly.

The PokerListings Daily 3-Bet is a three-legged steeplechase race through the misty afternoon poker news woods.

Any suggestions for a future 3-Bet, feel free to drop a note in the comments.

Today in the 3-Bet we find a big muck drawing a fuss at the Party Poker Big Game, Jennifer Tilly blustering about her poker exploits and an interesting review in the NY Times by Howard Lederer’s sister.

1) Laak Mucks Winner in 68k Pot, Still Crushing Big Game

The 48-hour Party Poker Big Game is winding to a close with Phil Laak still the massive winner.

But despite hundreds of great hands over the grind and several dominant stretches, a big mistake by Laak is grabbing most of the attention.

The hand in question? A sleep-deprived brain cramp by Laak in a €68k pot against Andy Moseley.

In short: Laak raised with A6, Tony G. called with 73, Moseley three-bet with AKs, Laak four-bet, Tony G. folded and Moseley shipped. Laak makes the call, Moseley shows AK and the board comes 2T26Q.

Despite hitting the six, Laak mucks. Watch the clip of the hand below:

Massive mistake? Meta game? Who knows. But there is some question whether the graphics had Laak's hand right. Since he didn't show, we may never know.

For the record, Laak rebounded with no problem and is back up about €170k as they near the full 48-hour mark.

Other quick notes: Ignat Liviu (0human0) has done some crushing of his own and is up €50k, Moseley left with close to €100k, Dan "Jungleman12" Cates is the biggest loser on about -€80k and Sam Trickett is stuck €40k and back in the game for one last gasp before the end.

Catch up with the live feed here; catch up on the Laak drama in the running 2+2 thread here.

2) J Tilly Gushes About Poker Prowess to NY Post

Jennifer Tilly
May have timing tell.

While Jennifer Tilly’s boyfriend Laak is crushing the Big Game in Vienna, Tilly is making headlines herself in New York in advance of her new Broadway play “Don’t Dress for Dinner”

Talking to a NY Post reporter about the French farce where she "wears skimpy outfits" and there's "wife swapping," Tilly also gets into how she got into poker:

“Eight years ago I grew obsessed and wanted to become one of the best ever. I didn’t want to be a dilettante. I read the books. I went in full-steam.

“I met my boyfriend, a pro poker player, at a tournament. He tried to dissuade me because it’s a seedy gritty world. Listen, I’ve played till 4 in the morning. I’ve played with a half million dollars on the table.

“I won $100,000 in Vegas, which buys furniture for my beach house. That takes nerves. You can’t think if I’m wrong I’ll blow $30,000. You must disassociate yourself. Can’t look at it as money.”

The most surprising part perhaps: With a boyfriend who holds the world record for consecutive play at 115 hours, Tilly considers playing until 4 in the morning a big deal.

Also interesting given Laak's dominance in the Big Game this year: Tilly was a big winner in the Big Game last year taking home over £66,925 in 26 hours.

3) Katy Lederer Reviews Pocket Kings in New York Times

The other Pocket Kings.

Unfortunately, not that Pocket Kings. The other Pocket Kings, meaning the new poker-driven fictional memoir by Ted Heller, son of Catch-22 writer Joseph Heller.

The timing is peculiar given the current climate for the Lederer family, but Katy Lederer, Howard's sister, showed up in the NYT yesterday with a in-depth review of Heller's new book.

She has some interesting insight on the poker side, to say the least, and a few equally interesting turns of-phrase in her recap of the plot:

"In denial about market forces and desperate to conceive a second act, Dixon spends half of this memoiristic novel ... stalking his agent, who has stopped returning his calls, and the other half pursuing easy money on a Web site called Pokergalaxy.­com, where, he says, “the world is a Sunday best-seller list and every weekend I am Mitch Albom.”

"Using the online handle “Chip Zero,” he builds his bankroll up to half a million dollars before encountering an elaborate, hilarious con.

"Though Heller’s rendition of online poker is passably accurate and highly entertaining, the most memorable parts of “Pocket Kings” ruthlessly deconstruct the mechanics of the literary sausage factory. (Happy poker players are all alike; every unhappy writer is unhappy in his own way.)"

Read the full review here.

UPDATE: Laak has weighed in on his big muck. Turns out it had a lot to do with Moseley's aura:

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Hank 2012-04-13 16:38:39

Impressive showing by Mr. Laak. I watched a good portion of it and he was in control virtually the whole time. Can't even imagine what my decision-making process would be like after 12 hours let alone 40. I have a newfound respect for Laak's game. Liviu was a cracker as well - great show all in all.

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