Daily 3-Bet: Negreanu Dupe, Mouth Slowroll, Poker Burnout

Mike Matusow
Matusow: Slow roll is the "one thing" he can't take.

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Today in the PokerListings Daily 3-Bet we find Daniel Negreanu ranting and reminiscing about the time Jason Calacanis out-talked him in a hand, Mike "The Mouth" Matusow getting punchy after a Shaun Deeb slowroll and how to spot (and handle) poker burnout.

1) Negreanu: Let's Avoid Prison Guard/Prisoner Mentality


After a fairly long hiatus Daniel Negreanu is back with another of his rants and, god bless him, another go at the "First Card Off the Deck" rule.

If you don't know what it is, lucky you. Negreanu himself even admits it's not really a big deal despite a lot of recent bluster over it.

He does use it as a jumping-off point for a few other relevant bits, though -- the crux of which is to lay off making more unneccesary rules to "add" seriousness to poker.

Amateurs went a "fun and friendly" environment. Without the ams, pros don't eat. Hear hear to that.

Fast forward to around 14 mins to skip most of the First Card bit and get to the "No Talking" stuff, including a hand from the Big Game where amateur Jason Calacanis dupes Daniel into a big call.

2) Matusow Gets Punchy Over Deeb Slowroll

Speaking of unspoken rules/players policing themselves at the tables ...

TA slow roll (meaning taking an excess amount of time to reveal a sure winning hand) is defintitely one of those things that will make you persona non grata at the poker table.

Even, as Shaun Deeb found out, if you're doing it for the purpose of good television (the new Poker Night in America show) and to grind the gears of one of the most obnoxious poker players in history.

Too far? Maybe. Can't say it isn't funny though:


3) Burnout a Big Deal for Poker Players

Tired Much?
Sound about right?

Ever feel like you're mentally exhuasted, losing some of your patience and can't catch a break at the tables?

Sounds like burnout to Dr. Stephen Bloomfield. He writes about it in his latest column for Ante Up magazine, and if you're thinking those symptoms sound familiar you should take a look. An excerpt:

"Burnout is described as a syndrome of emotional exhaustion, depersonalization and feelings of low personal accomplishment ... The two most quoted definitions are:

• 'A state of physical, emotional and mental exhaustion caused by long-term involvement in emotionally demanding situations.'

• 'A state of fatigue or frustration brought about by devotion to a cause, way of life or relationship that failed to produce the expected reward.'

"The real danger of burnout comes from the disillusionment. A poker player tells me the $2-$2 and $1-$3 no-limit hold’em games are too boring; he can’t maintain his patience and no one folds; the $2-$5 game has too much variance and he needs too much bankroll to play, and tournaments involve too much luck.

"When I hear this kind of thinking, I immediately think the player is burning out ..."

Sound like you? Find out what to do about it here.

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