Daily 3-Bet: Quake-Proof Laak, California Rumble, Nate Picks NCAAs

Phil Laak
Can't shake a man at peace with the world.

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Today in the 3-Bet we find Phil Laak unfazed by the Los Angeles earthquake, heavy hitters squaring off at WPT Rolling Thunder and prediction guru Nate SIlver gives you your best NCAA tournamnet bets.

1) Quake Hits LA, Laak Dozes

We understand playing high-stakes poker for a living can make you pretty unfazed by the mundanities of life, but oblivious to a 4.7 magnitude earthquake? Phil Laak, we continue to be awestruck by your superhuman powers.

IveyPoker pro Mike "GoLeafsGo" Leah still clearly needs work on his earthquake sleep game, though.

2) Anderson, Serock, Ho Crushing at Rolling Thunder

Calvin Anderson
Calvin Anderson: Lowering the boom on WPT Rolling Thunder

Up the coast from LA at the Thunder Valley Casino in Sacramento a different type of seismic activity is building (see what we did there?) as the WPT Rolling Thunder - the last stop on the WPT California Swing - has hit Day 2.

About 160 players are left in the field with some true heavy hitters sitting behind big stacks and eyeing the $300k+ up top.

Tourney crushers Calvin Anderson and Joe Serock currently sit atop the chip counts but an impressive fieldlays in wait below them including Kevin Eyster, Maria Ho, Noah Vaillancourt, Galen Hall, Mohsin Charania, Jason Koon, Marvin Rettenmaier and more.

Tune in for live updates from the tourney floor all day right here.

The current top 5:

  • 1. Calvin Anderson 290,000
  • 2. Joe Serock 261,800
  • 3. Benjamin Zamani 238,000
  • 4. David Forster 231,500
  • 5. Mark Pham 195,000

3) Nate Silver Leads You to NCAA Office Pool Glory

We've extolled the virtues of famed election prognosticator/data journalist/poker lover/all-around great guy Nate Silver before so we won't bore you with his entire back-catalogue here.

Needless to say, though, he's very, very good at what he does. And we're slightly ecstatic Silver and his team at the newly relaunched FiveThirtyEight blog turned their analytlcs machine toward the NCAA basketball tournament.

The result? Probably the best chance you'll ever have to win your NCAA office pool.

Check his full breakdown of each team's odds of advancing in each round right here.

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