Daily 3-Bet: Phil Balks, durrrr Talks, Flushing £1 Million
1 May 2012
Luke Schwartz: Earl of Sandwich.
The PokerListings Daily 3-Bet is a three-part answer to the “what’s up, pussycat?” question in the afternoon poker news quiz show.
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Today in the 3-Bet we find Phil Galfond opening up his mailbag and balking at a Full Tilt deal, Tom Dwan opening up on his role in redefining poker and Luke Schwartz and Andrew Feldman sharing their mutual sicknesses with the BBC.
1) Galfond Answers Mail, Reveals Full Tilt/UB Offers
In a new session on his own site called Ask Phil, Galfond has opened up his mail bag and answered some questions sent in by his fans. Among the topics:
What he’d do if he couldn’t play poker (teach or open a business)
How he shoved Phil Laak out of a big pot on HSP (wrong read)
Plans for $1 million Big One for One Drop (may or may not play)
He also sheds some light on some old sponsorship offers he got from both Full Tilt Poker and UB pre-Black Friday:
“After winning a bracelet in 2008, I received an offer from FTP ... It was similar to what I understand their ‘standard’ deal was, which wasn’t worth very much to a nosebleed player like me. I declined.
“In addition to the money not making a huge difference for me, and the potential for not being allowed to play on other sites (very costly), I was very confident in my game and my future.”
If the legal situation turns around in the US, however, Galfond says he would be open to an offer from the right site for the right price.
2) durrrr: "He was a little better than I thought"
Ran "salty" vs. Isildur.
Speaking of great Q and As, Bluff Europe tracked down Tom “durrrr” Dwan somewhere between Macau and Europe and got him to answer a few questions.
A lot of them were about Black Friday and Full Tilt Poker, naturally, which Dwan understandably seems a bit tired of answering.
Still, he does reiterate his anger at how FTP handled the situation and hedged his bets on any more declarative repayment statements:
“I think it’s completely ridiculous that they didn't have all the money … From an ethical standpoint, the only two things they had to do were to make sure they had all the money and make sure there was no cheating. And that shouldn’t be that hard."
On the odds of repayment:
“I’ve heard a lot of rumours. I’ve heard a lot of things. I’m not sure what price I’d put it at. I definitely don’t think that they’re drawing dead and I definitely don’t think that they’re locks to be paid back. I think it’s somewhere in the middle.”
As for his epic loss to Isildur1, durrrr says he was "happy to get action. He was a little better than I thought, but I still liked my side of it. I ran… pretty salty.
“Then I woke up one day and saw that Brian Hastings had beaten him for $4m and almost broke my computer. I was pretty pissed off.”
Read the full interview and what he feels about claims he's redefined poker here.
3) BBC Hangs Out with Luke Schwartz, Andrew Feldman’s Mom
If you haven’t seen this BBC piece on high-stakes poker from last year with Luke “_FullFlush1_” Schwartz and Andrew Feldman, it’s definitely worth a watch.
Reporter Richard Adams takes a ride with Schwartz, rails a session and hears about his epic £1 million losing jag. He also visits with Andrew Feldman and his mom to discuss Feldman’s gambling problem.
Schwartz, to his credit, actually comes off half decent. Feldman, for his part, manages to not cry. Check the clip below:
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