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In today’s Daily 3-Bet we’re all about New Jersey with a mainstream article about online poker, the start of the WPT Championship in Atlantic City and Daniel Negreanu ripping the Borgata.
1) New Jersey’s Newest Tourism Draw? Poker!
It’s an exciting time for online poker in New Jersey.
With NJCOP underway and the Party Poker-backed WPT World Championship starting today (more on that in a second) it feels as if there is a non-stop poker festival in the Garden State.
Perhaps what’s most exciting is the way that mainstream media has been attaching itself to the online renaissance.
Yesterday NorthJersey.com published a feature about online poker becoming New Jersey’s latest tourism draw.
The article had photos of poker players hunkered down in hotels grinding out profit on their laptops alongside interviews with poker pro Jamie Kerstretter and Caesars' Seth Palansky.
This is positive for U.S. online poker on a few different levels:
- Online poker is being presented as an attraction for visitors from other states
- The game is viewed as a revenue generator rather than a social problem
- There’s a healthy community of players who aren’t degenerate gamblers
More of this please.
2) WPT World Championship Begins
Also in the middle of the New Jersey poker explosion is the WPT World Championship, which began today, at the Borgata in Atlantic City.
It’s the first time the WPT World Championship has ever been held anywhere other than Bellagio in Las Vegas and it might be just the shot in the arm needed for a tournament that has seen dwindling numbers for the last few years.
Through the first few levels of play there are nearly 100 players who have paid the $15,000 entry including world champion Ryan Riess, 2011 WPT World Championship winner Scott Seiver and Eric Baldwin.
The WPT World Championship is generally a pretty pro-heavy event and this year’s edition seems like no exception.
The bonafide early Table of Death featured Brynn Kenney, John Racener, Chris Moorman, Joe Serock, Chris Moorman and Jared Jaffee. Good luck with that.
The tournament has two starting days so there’s still plenty of time for everyone to get in the action.
Follow along via the WPT live updates.
3) Negreanu Blasts Borgata Over Ivey Case
One player not at the WPT World Championship? Daniel Negreanu.
Negreanu took the Borgata to task on Twitter this weekend for its case against high-roller Phil Ivey.
Basically Negreanu makes an argument that Borgata was basically freerolling and had Ivey lost, the casino certainly wouldn’t have refunded his money due to defective cards. Good point.
Check out the complete, fairly extensive, rant below:
Been reading up on poker news lately and the people running the Borgata high limit pit have to be incredibly stupid overall.— Daniel Negreanu (@RealKidPoker) April 19, 2014
All high limit gamblers should be watching the Borgata case closely. How it's ruled will affect gamblers rights in the future.— Daniel Negreanu (@RealKidPoker) April 19, 2014
My hat's off to any man who can get an edge on a big time casino. It's just straight baller and I have zero empathy for the big fish.— Daniel Negreanu (@RealKidPoker) April 19, 2014
Big fish sets all the rules, oks all the rules, they need to eat it when they get beat and not be whiny biatches about it.— Daniel Negreanu (@RealKidPoker) April 19, 2014
It's appalling to freeroll customers. Take their money if they lose but don't pay when they win? Are you for real Borgata? That's dirty.— Daniel Negreanu (@RealKidPoker) April 19, 2014
If I agree to give a guy a shot a hole on the golf course and agree to allow him a caddie, and I lose, I'm the only person I can blame.— Daniel Negreanu (@RealKidPoker) April 19, 2014
I've been hustled before, but the idea of not paying was never even a consideration! Borgata- you got hustled bad. Get over it already.— Daniel Negreanu (@RealKidPoker) April 19, 2014
Suing customers who crushed your souls is a bad look. You got bent over. Might as well smile and enjoy it. #Borgata— Daniel Negreanu (@RealKidPoker) April 19, 2014
Borgata, you thought Ivey was stupid and you tried to bury him. He hustled you, smoked you, and left you feeling silly. Stand responsible!— Daniel Negreanu (@RealKidPoker) April 19, 2014
No one in the world has empathy for Borgata in this. Stop playing victim because YOUR hustle wasn't as good as Ivey's— Daniel Negreanu (@RealKidPoker) April 19, 2014
Landed in Toronto. Here a couple days then off to Monte Carlo to play with the big boys in the EPT Grand Final. Will NOT be in WPT Borgata.— Daniel Negreanu (@RealKidPoker) April 19, 2014