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Today in the 3-Bet we find one of the many reasons behind Vanessa Selbst's incredible success in poker tournaments, revisit Doyle Brunson reflecting on the life of Chip Reese and high-stakes poker blowing up in Pittsburgh, of all places.
1) Selbst's Goals for 2014: Three FTs, EPT Title
Oh. So what the best players in the world do to become successful in life and poker is set goals then work hard to meet them?
Aim for something, then get it. Got it.
Negreanu's all over it. Mercier's giving it a go. David Williams is on board. Now another of the world's best players - Vanessa Selbst - says goals are the way to go, too.
In a new post on the PokerStars blog Selbst explains how she's not much for New Year's resolutions but is good with goal-setting - and, as you might expect, setting the bar high.
2) Brunson on Reese: "Even in dying, he got dealt the nuts"
It's an old post floating around on some Twitter feeds today but after re-reading it we couldn't fight putting up a link and reminiscing a bit too.
Shortly after Chip Reese died Doyle Brunson wrote a piece for Poker Player UK recounting their friendship and some of the more legendary Reese stories from back in the day - including how they revolutionized baseball betting together.
Brunson: Reese had it all.
In short, if you're not tearing up at least a little by the end of it you're probably a horrible person. (We kid. A little.) An excerpt:
"We still play the Big Game in Bobby’s Room, but it’s not the same. It feels very sad to be in there without Chip. Sometimes I look at the big photo of him, hanging there on the wall, and I think about him sitting at the table with us, laughing, eating, betting it up.
"Right now I’m thinking about how he found the superior way to die: he went to sleep and didn’t awaken. What a great way to go. That’s typical Chip. Even in dying, he got dealt the nuts."
“Poker in Pittsburgh is actually pretty big,” Schanbacher said. “There are some high-stakes games that go on in Pittsburgh that you don't find across the country. There are some wealthy guys that enjoy playing poker. We get some very big games.”
Schanbacher says $10/$25 and $25/$50 aren't uncommonwhich, we have to admit, is pretty big.
Along with events at Turning Stone in New York and the Peppermill in Reno footage from the Rivers Poker Night in America - which featured Greg Raymer, Joe Cada and Darvin Moon - is expected to be aired next year.
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