Daniel Negreanu: Done with poker? Veganism? Twitter? Being on TV? Being single?
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Today in the 3-Bet we find tennis legend and PokerStars signee Rafael Nadal binking his first-ever tourney win, Phil Hellmuth getting framed (in a good way) by the WSOP and Daniel Negreanu pulling out of the NBC Heads-Up Championship and hinting at big life changes.
1) Nadal Wins First Poker Tournament, Scores €152.40
For a guy widely considered the second greatest tennis player of all-time, playing a €10 poker tournament is one of the last things you'd ever expect him doing.
Him dedicating two hours to winning said €10 poker tournament seems like an even less likely scenario.
That’s exactly what Rafael Nadal did yesterday, though, as he beat 47 players on PokerStars.es - knocking out the last five on his own - to win a €10 freezeout for a bankroll-boosting €152.40.
When PokerStars announced the signing of Nadal it seemed like a boon for the industry but still a longshot Nadal would ever put that much time in at the tables. Most figured he'd pop in for a live tourney here and there, do some ads and appearances and that'd be that.
The fact he has the dedication to both play a €10 tournament and win it speaks to just how competitive he is and how great an asset he can be for the game of poker worldwide.
We'll see if he still puts the time in once he returns from injury to tennis but the thought of Nadal making a deep run in a major tournament is almost too exciting to contemplate. Bravo Rafa. Check the write-up here.
2) WSOP Frames Hellmuth’s Winning Hand from 2012 WSOPE
Hellmuth's WSOPE winning hand.
Speaking of guys with armloads of titles ...
The one-and-only Phil Hellmuth got a nice surprise form the World Series of Poker this week when they presented him with a framed set of the cards that won him the 2012 WSOPE Main Event (see right).
The win made him the first-ever player to win both the WSOP and WSOPE Main Events and added a record 13th bracelet to his collection.
No matter how many times you do it, winning a poker tournament never gets old and it's great to see even the legends of the game still get excited about it.
PIC: my final hand (the winning hand) of the WSOPE Main Event!Pretty cool that they framed it for me! moby.to/w563xs
UPDATE: OK, video is out and it's not quite as dramatic as he implied although clearly an important and moving step for Daniel. He's skipping the NBC HU to honor a commitment to friends (and ultimately to be the kind of guy who attracts the woman of his dreams). Still, Creed? Clip below:
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