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Daily 3-Bet: WTB Galfond Slide, Nvidia > Poker, Hellmuth’s Billions
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In today’s Daily 3-Bet we’ll take a look at a famous piece of poker memorabilia on Craigslist, the video card that runs DeepStack AI and Phil Hellmuth’s Showtime moment.
1) Phil Galfond Slide on Cragslist
Remember Phil Galfond’s multi-million penthouse in New York City that even included a slide to navigate from one floor to the other?
Well that apartment sold for $3.3m in 2012 (maybe it helped fund Galfond’s upcoming poker site?) but it appears one feature of the penthouse wasn’t to the new buyer's liking.
The infamous slide was listed on Craigslist this weekend for $15,000.
Now that may seem like a lot but consider these facts:
- The slide was custom fabricated in Germany
- Disassembles in three pieces
- Can be used as a pool slide or for a tree house
- It’s 100% stainless steel
- A timeless piece of poker boom memorabilia
2) Nvidia GTX Video Card Crushes Poker
The Carnegie Mellon University group has garnered most of the poker AI attention over the last couple weeks for its resounding victory with Libratus against Jason Les and co.
It’s important to remember, however, that Libratus isn’t the only AI in town and the University of Alberta’s DeepStack AI is fearsome in its own right.
One key difference between the two AIs is that DeepStack doesn’t require a super computer to run.
In fact news came out this weekend that when DeepStack beat a group of pros in January it was running on an Nvidia GeForce GTX 1080.
The GTX 1080 is a powerful video card but it’s consumer-level equipment and can be had for around $550.
Not bad considering Libratus required the massive Pittsburgh Supercomputing Center. That’s got to cost a little more than $550.
3) Hellmuth Guest Stars on Showtime’s Billions
You may have noticed that Phil Hellmuth has been dropping a few hints (more like a million) that he did a guest spot on Showtime’s Billions.
Well the episode aired last night and (without getting into spoilers) poker actually played a huge role.
Hellmuth played an MC at a charity tournament for wealthy businessmen. It wasn’t that big of a stretch considering Hellmuth has performed that exact role in real life multiple times.
Here’s a screen capture from the episode; find the full episode on Showtime: