Daily 3-Bet: Vegan Doyle, Poker Majors, Demon Liv

Liv Boeree
Demon-in-waiting Liv Boeree.

The PokerListings Daily 3-Bet is a quick-hit rundown of three under-the-radar poker "news" stories that deserve a closer look.

Any suggestions for a future 3-Bet, feel free to drop a note in the comments.

Today in the 3-Bet we find Doyle Brunson planning to step up his game (and vegetable intake), top TD Matt Savage making a case for a "Poker Majors" system and Liv Boeree revealing her inner demon.

1) Doyle Pushing Envelope, Going Vegan

Doyle Brunson 6
Pass the kale.

Poker legend Doyle Brunson is essentially the EF Hutton of poker. When he talks, people listen.

Thankfully his fans will get to hear more of what's on his mind this year as he says he's ramping up the volume in his blog for 2012.

His latest post explains just how serious he is about competing with the best in the world this year - and an odd new meat problem:

“Im going to push the envelope pretty hard this year because if I cant compete at the highest level, I need to know it, I'm confident I can beat the mixed games because all the younger guys have one or two games they are very weak at. However I plan on playing in the big NLH with the best NL players in the world.

“...For some strange reason, I've become allergic to most kinds of meat besides some kind of fish. I can still handle a cheeseburger but for someone that has always been a steak and potato eater it's a big change.

“It seems nothing in my life has ever been normal so I guess this shouldn't surprise me. Maybe I'll see what all this vegan way of eating is all about.”

Expect a congratulatory tweet and some recipe ideas from Daniel Negreanu to follow.

2) Savage Calls for Syncing of "Poker Majors"

When Matt Savage speaks, Jason Mercier and Matt Glantz make fun of him (in jest) on Twitter.

Everyone else in poker, however, listens pretty closely as Savage is the preeminent TD in the game and runs the best structured and most popular poker tournaments around the globe.

Matthew Savage
First to ever use behooves in poker context.

In a new guest post on Glantz's blog, Savage asks for another big step in poker's history - creating a "majors" system to sync up schedules and high-end tournaments around the world. His logic:

"The players are the most important factor in the success of these poker tournaments, and it behooves the organizers to work together to make the events convenient and beneficial for them.

“When players can easily coordinate their travel schedules, money transfers, and even familial obligations around a set schedule, everyone will win, including the majors, which will see bigger turnouts and happier crowds.”

Savage suggests a "5 and 5 rule" – five years running, $5 million prize pools - to select the tournaments that qualify including:

  • Aussie Millions
  • PokerStars Caribbean Adventure
  • PokerStars EPT Grand Final
  • World Poker Tour L.A. Poker Classic
  • World Poker Tour Championship
  • World Series of Poker Main Event
  • World Series of Poker Europe Main Event

and possibles the Partouche Poker Tour Main Event, EPT London and EPT San Remo.

It's an intriguing idea and great post. Look up "behooves" here.

3) Liv’s Inner Demon

Part three of the new PokerStars "We Are Poker" ad campaign has been released and this one is another winner.

Watch for appearances by Bertrand "ElkY" Grospellier, Sebastian Ruthenberg, Sandra Naujoks and a guy in a giraffe mask and hoodie.

Liv Boeree also makes an X-men-esque turn.

Best one yet ioho. Full ad below:

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