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Today in the 3-Bet we find two deserving inductees to the Women in Poker Hall of Fame, Petter Northug forced to fold his poker aspirations and Daniel Negreanu reminds us about poker in the 90s.
1) Coren Mitchell, Burkhead Get Nod
Barbara Enright. Linda Johnson. Susie Isaacs. Marsha Waggoner. Jen Harman. Kathy Liebert. Jan Fisher. Kristy Gazes.
Poker cool from the get-go.
Seventeen women who have shaped the game of poker have been elected to the Women in Poker Hall of Fame to date, including those impressive names above, and they're about to be joined by two more.
After rising to the top of a nominee list with Jennifer Tilly, Karina Jett and Shirley Rosario, UK poker icon Vicky Coren Mitchell and writer, player and industry vet Debbie Burkhead will be inducted this summer.
Coren Mitchell, of course, is known for her long career in poker and media, from the early days of Late Night Poker to her column in The Observer and work as a presenter on the BBC.
She's also written a memoir about her life as a card player and is the first and only player to win two EPT main event titles.
Burkhead has been a player, writer and industry sales vet since the 90s. Her "Debbie Does Poker" column ran in Poker Player Newspaper for over a decade and, among other things, she was the co-founder of Poker Player Cruises.
The WIPHoF induction ceremony takes place Wed. July 6 at 11 am in the Gold Coast Casino.
2) Petter Northug Pushed Out of Poker By Sponsor
If you're not a Nordic Skiing fan/follower the name Petter Northug might not mean a lot to you.
Poker-free for near future.
If you're form Norway, however, he's a legend with 13 World Championship gold medals, two Winter Olympic golds and 18 individual FIS Cross-Country World Cup wins.
He also, notably, has been a big poker enthusiast over the years and dabbled on a variety of levels from relatively high-stakes cash games online to EPT and WSOP events to even getting coaching from Johnny Lodden.
With the 2016 WSOP around the corner we usually would expect to see Northug in the mix but, given an unfortunate drunk driving incident a couple years ago, was put on a tight leash by his sponsor and forced to give up the game for "his image."
A renewed focus on his skiing has also played a part, although once his career winds down we may see him at the tables again.
“I don’t play poker any longer,” Northug told Adresseavisen. “That will have to wait until after my (skiing) career.”
3) Negreanu: Games Tougher Now But Harder to Survive in 90s
There's been a raging debate on Twitter lately about the compared poker skills of pros now and those who made a living through the game in an earlier era.
The general take on it: The "old school" poker pros of yesteryear are no match, skill-wise, for the metronomic, range-finding hard chargers of today.
Making it in 90s different ballgame. And shirt game.
Which, fair dues, might be accurate. According to Daniel Negreanu, though - a guy who did actually make a living playing poker in the 90s - that only tells part of the story.
While the players of today are better than they were in the 90s the poker geniuses of today couldn't have (or wouldn't have) hacked it back then, either. From a new blog post:
"The existence of online poker is what made this lifestyle accessible to young, brilliant, educated young people who saw an opportunity to make an 'easy living' from the comfort of their own home.
"I don't think any of the three guys I mentioned would have been professional poker players in the 90's! Again, not because they weren't capable, but mostly because it would have been a bad decision. Professional poker players were misfits in that era.
"Hustlers, that were smart enough to find a way to survive in life despite limited options in terms of valid career choices."
Negreanu goes in-depth on a variety of reasons why the game is so much tougher today but why it was ostensibly harder to make a living during the 90s. Great post from a guy who's been there and knows what he's talking about.