Daily 3-Bet: Rafa Binks, Hellmuth Framed, Negreanu Quits Poker?

Daniel Negreanu: Done with poker? Veganism? Twitter? Being on TV? Being single?

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Today in the 3-Bet we find tennis legend and PokerStars signee Rafael Nadal binking his first-ever tourney win, Phil Hellmuth getting framed (in a good way) by the WSOP and Daniel Negreanu pulling out of the NBC Heads-Up Championship and hinting at big life changes.

1) Nadal Wins First Poker Tournament, Scores €152.40

Rafael Nadal joins PokerStars
Rafa wins!

For a guy widely considered the second greatest tennis player of all-time, playing a €10 poker tournament is one of the last things you'd ever expect him doing.

Him dedicating two hours to winning said €10 poker tournament seems like an even less likely scenario.

That’s exactly what Rafael Nadal did yesterday, though, as he beat 47 players on PokerStars.es - knocking out the last five on his own - to win a €10 freezeout for a bankroll-boosting €152.40.

When PokerStars announced the signing of Nadal it seemed like a boon for the industry but still a longshot Nadal would ever put that much time in at the tables. Most figured he'd pop in for a live tourney here and there, do some ads and appearances and that'd be that.

The fact he has the dedication to both play a €10 tournament and win it speaks to just how competitive he is and how great an asset he can be for the game of poker worldwide.

We'll see if he still puts the time in once he returns from injury to tennis but the thought of Nadal making a deep run in a major tournament is almost too exciting to contemplate. Bravo Rafa.

2) WSOP Frames Hellmuth’s Winning Hand from 2012 WSOPE

Hellmuth's WSOPE winning hand.

Speaking of guys with armloads of titles ...

The one-and-only Phil Hellmuth got a nice surprise form the World Series of Poker this week when they presented him with a framed set of the cards that won him the 2012 WSOPE Main Event (see right).

The win made him the first-ever player to win both the WSOP and WSOPE Main Events and added a record 13th bracelet to his collection.

No matter how many times you do it, winning a poker tournament never gets old and it's great to see even the legends of the game still get excited about it.

Hellmuth will be looking to add another high-profile crown to his collection as he is one of the chosen 64 for the $25k NBC Heads-Up Championship this weekend.

3) Negreanu Drops Out of NBC Heads-Up, Alludes to Changes

Speaking of the NBC Heads-Up Championship and another poker icon ...

Based on a few cryptic tweets, a terrible music video and an official withdrawal from the NBC HU tourney, big things seem to be developing in Daniel Negreanu land.

It's far from clear what it's all about but here’s what we know right now:

For the record, David "Doc" Sands will be his replacement in the NBC Heads-Up field.

So what's really going on? The latest announcement follows a series of cryptic tweets that started early Tuesday:

Speculation has clearly been rampant. Is he quitting poker? Proposing to the girl from Millionaire Matchmaker? Embracing meat in his diet? Going with Faraz Jaka on a silent monk retreat?

Stay tuned.

UPDATE: OK, video is out and it's not quite as dramatic as he implied although clearly an important and moving step for Daniel. He's skipping the NBC HU to honor a commitment to friends (and ultimately to be the kind of guy who attracts the woman of his dreams). Still, Creed? Clip below:

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Charles Milder 2013-01-25 05:46:19

Daniel is a great guy. James Allen wrote:

You will be what you will to be;
Let failure find its false content
In that poor word, "environment,"
But spirit scorns it, and is free.

It masters time, it conquers space;
It cows that boastful trickster, Chance,
And bids the tyrant Circumstance
Uncrown, and fill a servant's place.

The human Will, that force unseen,
The offspring of a deathless Soul,
Can hew a way to any goal,
Though walls of granite intervene.

Be not impatient in delay,
But wait as one who understands;
When spirit rises and commands,
The gods are ready to obey.

KP 2013-01-25 05:41:30

Needs to review why low ball poker is the way to play it.

Paul 2013-01-24 04:57:59

Maybe he just p****whipped already

foxygen 2013-01-23 21:19:40

how is that even a real song fuck me

Hank 2013-01-23 21:18:52

Bit of a drama queen there, aren't you Danny?

Arumad Bro 2013-01-23 15:57:49

congrats danny boy

Arumad Bro 2013-01-23 15:55:39

perhaps i should have listened to the song....but its creed

Grant 2013-01-23 14:51:37

That song's about having a child? What are all those fucking meteors about then? Goddamn that song is bad.

wayne 2013-01-23 12:25:50

maybe he's having a child....thats what the song is about.

Arumad Bro 2013-01-23 12:00:43

lets just hope his twitter account was hacked

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