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Today in the 3-Bet we find Danel Negreanu calling his own shots as he heads for his 7th career WSOP bracelet, Black Friday protagonist Daniel Tzvetkoff slinks back to Australia after time served and Magic: The Gathering vets continue to mana up in the poker world.
1) Daniel Says, Daniel Does
There's been a lot of hullabaloo (yeah, we said "hullabaloo") over Daniel Negreanu's relationship with Las Vegas-based "self-improvement" organization Choice Center.
Some say it's "cultish;" some say mind your own business and let a guy find inspiration wherever and however he wants (and at whatever cost he feels like).
One thing that can't be argued: Since Negreanu's done his leadership/personal growth work there his results have been pretty phenomenal.
Last year he rolled to his second WSOP Player of the Year title; this summer he's off to a slower start but simply decided to will his way to the $10k 2-7 Draw Lowball final table today with some set goal/meet goal visualization:
Sounds like a done deal to us so we'll be doing live updates right here until the bracelet is around his wrist. Amazing final table too with Paul Volpe, Jason Mercier, Brian Rast and Larry Wright among the final seven.
2) Daniel Tzvetkoff Won't Serve Jail Time; Back in Australia
Not entirely related to the World Series of Poker but clearly of interest to poker players who have struggled to put their lives back together since Black Friday: The latest news about Australian FBI informant Daniel Tzvetkoff.
Daniel Tzvetkoff: Time served is all.
The founder of online payment processing company Intabill, Tzvetkoff was the fall guy for Black Friday, so to speak, when he was arrested for processing online poker transactions in 2010 and promptly made a deal with the FBI that precipitated the indictments of April 15, 2011.
Since then Tzvetkoff spent four months in jail and then was shifted into witness protection in New York while awaiting sentencing, which came down yesterday.
According to Reuters Tzvetkoff won't serve any more jail time and, as a matter of fact, is already back in Australia working as a CTO for a "respectable organization."
Facing up to 75 years in prison Tzvetkoff pleaded to conspiracy, one charge of operating an illegal gambling business and was let go with time served and a $13m fine.
Huh. So that's that, we guess. Except for the thousands of online poker players who had their lives torn apart and have been working to put them back together since.
Tzvetkoff's story has been told in the book Alligator Blood, which has been optioned for a movie. We probably won't go see it.
3) Bonomo, Parker Continue MtG Conquest of Poker
Want an inside tip on who's going to win a bracelet at this year's (or any year's) WSOP?
David Williams: Mana overboard.
Given the recent (and seemingly perpetual) dominance of Magic: The Gathering alumni, including Brock Parker and Justin Bonomo who rolled to bracelet wins in the past two days, any of these guys are a good bet:
- David Williams
- Gabriel Nassif
- Noah Boeken
- Scott Seiver
- Isaac Haxton
- Adam Levy
- Eric Froehlich
You can thank us later. Read more about Bonomo's inspirational first-bracelet win right here.