Daily 3-Bet: PlayMoneyMaker, PokerStars Licensed, Luck vs. Skill

Chris Moneymaker
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In today’s Daily 3-Bet we’ll take a look at Chris Moneymaker topping the play money charts, Amaya getting fully licensed in the UK and Newsweek chiming in on skill vs. luck in poker for roughly the 1,384th time.

Greenstein Wins Biggest Play Money Event, Moneymaker 2nd 

Barry Greenstein
Barry Greenstein

Chris Moneymaker may have had a hit-and-miss career in live poker since winning the WSOP Main Event in 2003 but he’s a stone-cold play money killer.

Earlier today Moneymaker finished second in the Sunday Billion on PokerStars to win 9.3 billion play money chips.

It was the biggest play money tournament the site has ever hosted and fellow Team PokerStars Pro Barry Greenstein took first place for 13.95 billion.

The interesting part is that Moneymaker was already fourth on the all-time play money leaderboard with an account balance of 10 billion so, barring any surprises, he should move to first place overall.

As for Greenstein, with a scant $32k in live tournament earnings last year, it would be very nice if he was allowed to convert some of that play money into real cash.

PokerStars, Full Tilt Poker Get Full Licenses in UK

It seems like every day online poker gets more and more legitimate. 

PokerStars and Full Tilt Poker are the latest poker sites to snag full licenses from the UK Gambling Commission to operate in the region.

PokerStars Mobile
Even more licensed.

It’s not exactly a surprise as both sites were already successfully operating under a temporary license in the UK.

The UK market is essentially a flagship region for Amaya, which owns PokerStars and Full Tilt, with online poker sites, officially-branded casinos and even sports betting all available to UK customers.

It’s just the latest step as the European online poker market becomes more defined, regulated, and ultimately grown up.

Of course the biggest potential market - the USA - continues to lag behind when it comes to online poker with a relatively tiny player base spread over three states.

Newsweek: Poker is a Skill Game

Jerry Yang
Well OK, there is some luck involved.

Isn’t it about time to retire this poker isn’t a skill game notion?

Newsweek published an article this weekend taking a look at the old skill vs. luck debate in poker.

It was no surprise that writer Dennie Van Dolder found that poker turned into a skill game when you take into account a sample size of 1,500 hands.

It’s hardly the only story that’s come to that conclusion and it likely won’t be the last. In fact you could pretty much copy/paste any story on that topic that has appeared in mainstream media over the last five years. 

In every one of these articles the author is continually surprised by the skill part of poker despite the fact poker pros have existed for years. 

It would be nice if one of these mainstream articles could just accept the skill part and move on to things like: why can’t a game have both skill AND luck?

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