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Daily 3-Bet: T-Shirt Tempest, Atruism Groundswell, Battle for SNL
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Today in the 3-Bet we find the hysteria over political T-shirts at poker events reaching fever pitch, Phil Gruissem's Altruism 2.0 project brings the discussion back to tangible action and we go off book to help determine the greatest SNL perfomer of all time.
1) Political T's Excluded, Twitter Circles Wagons
Been offline for a day or so and worried the debate on political t-shirts at poker events has petered out?
Fear not. Blog posts, tweets, insults, accusatory virtual glares and portions of sensible debate continue to fly.
The news of it: PokerStars weighed in and declared its tournaments now off-limits for political expression. PokerStars' Head of Corporate Communication, Eric Hollreiser, sent this statement to CardPlayer Lifestyle to clarify:
“Our tournaments are designed to promote poker and poker competition and not as a platform for political statements. Players have many channels to express their views on world politics, but our tournaments are not an appropriate place.
"We will refuse entry to any player displaying political statements of any kind.”
IMO having a debate on twitter about an issue as difficult and complex as Israel/Palestine is silly and makes no progress, not interested— Olivier Busquet (@olivierbusquet) August 22, 2014
Conclusion? Poker tournaments, t-shirts and/or Twitter are poor places to discuss complex, centuries-old ethnocentric conflicts.
2) Gruissem Turns Talk to Action w/ Altruism 2.0
One good thing the above furor shows about the state of poker in 2014? The next generation of poker players seems to be taking a much greater interest in the world around them than poker players of previous generations.
At the cutting edge of that newfound social conscience? German high-roller Phil Gruissem.
Want to take your passion political, social and economic change and turn it into something tangilbe? Gruissem's your guy, either though poker-based charity project REG or spinoff project, Altruism 2.0. What's the goal?
"To help non-profits implement strategic solutions that will help grow donations. These campaigns are customized per organization and are rooted in authenticity and integrity.
"Each campaign is designed to raise awareness for the cause, raise money for the organization and provide individuals outside the organization itself with practical ways to implement and share the message in their daily lives."
3) Who's the Greatest SNL Performer of All Time?
It's Friday. You've had a long week at your job, or debating the merits of political activism via the t-shirt.
Take a second to ease into the weekend by voting for the greatest Saturday Night Live performer of all time.
Criteria here; bracket glimpse below. For the record: The correct answer is Phil Hartman.