Daily 3-Bet: Negreanu Fail, Duhamel Gets Mail, Padraig Rail

Daniel Negreanu
Negreanu hijacked in flight.

The PokerListings Daily 3-Bet is a rapid-fire rundown of three lesser lights in the poker news pantheon that deserve some time in the spotlight.

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

Today in the 3-Bet we find Daniel Negreanu breaking the golden online poker security rule, Jonathan Duhamel getting a partial refund and Padraig Parkinson cracking wise as usual.

1) Negreanu Accounts Hacked, Culprit Donks Off $60k

PokerStars pro Daniel Negreanu returned to a nice surprise after his long flight home from Australia.

online security infographic
Step 1: Watch your password.

His email account had been hacked.

As an added bonus, the culprit also hijacked Negreanu's PokerStars account and dumped off around $60k.

Explained Negreanu in a forum post on 2+2:

"I was on an airplane home while this guy was joyriding my Stars account.

“He hacked my email and I got that back, still figuring out what happened. When I have all the details I'll share when it makes sense to."

The fake Negreanu burned off the money sitting at a few $100/$200 NL tables and playing, err, less than optimally, including an all-in five-bet call with A-5.

The hands sparked a bit of a debate in the forums with some suggesting Negreanu was just hungover and playing badly, to which Negreanu replied:

"Some of you NVGtards really thought that was me??? Man HSP has really done wonders for my image”

Negreanu’s money unfortunately won't be returned, which should be a reminder to all poker players to practice the basics of good online account security – in particular using an RSA token.

2) Half of Jonathan Duhamel’s Money Found in a Mailbox

Welcome back, cash.

If you’re going to steal over $100k, it’s always good to have a secure hiding spot lined up just in case you run into any heat.

You know. Some place people rarely check or would suspect to find things delivered to them.

Like a mailbox, say.

Police in Quebec report they've recovered about half of the money stolen from 2010 WSOP Champ Jonathan Duhamel in his well-documented home invasion from earlier in December.

Of the $115,000 stolen, including $40k CDN and €74,000, police say they recovered part of the cash on Jan. 6.

An anonymous tip led them to a stash in a mailbox in Old Longueuil, about eight kilometres northeast of Montreal.

Yep. A mailbox.

Duhamel's ex-girlfriend Bianca Rojas-Latraverse has pleaded not guilty to five charges and along with two others was denied bail in a recent hearing.

The three are due for sentencing shortly.

3) The Importance of Reading Padraig Parkinson

Padraig Parkinson
The Irish uncle we never had.

For our money, one of the most enjoyable blogs in poker has always been that of Irish poker legend Padraig Parkinson.

The live tournament stalwart and 888 Poker rep has always had the right balance of self-deprecation and off-key, charming anecdotes to make for a good read on just about any subject. Even poker.

Parkinson’s latest blog post covers the important subject of “The Importance of Being Important” and does what he does best: Pokes fun at himself and others in a whimsical Irish brogue.

That’s how we hear it in our heads anyway, because we grew up with Lucky Charms commercials.

An excerpt (that followed a sarcastic rail about re-buy tournaments):

“There was no reentry option at the WPT Dublin. The main reason was that it’s a minor miracle when an Irish player manages to get a buy-in together in these tough times.

“The thought of having to pony up twice is enough to make a grown man cry.

“Nevertheless I managed to play three tournaments there and got knocked out four times!”

Oh Padraig. Full blog here.

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