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In today's Daily 3-Bet we take a look at Sen. Harry Reid changing his mind about online poker, Sony Pictures poker leaks and Alex Jacob's fanbase on Jeopardy!
1) Sen. Harry Reid Turns Tail
Remember Sen. Harry Reid, the fervent supporter of legal online poker in the US?
Turns out Reid has taken a heel turn on poker fans as he's now in favor of Sheldon Adelson's Restoration of America's Wire Act (RAWA), which would ban online poker outright.
Reid talked about his change of heart in a new interview.
"I believe online gambling is not good for our country," Reid told host Joe Schoenmann earlier this week.
Reid explained his position further by saying that he originally thought online poker, and only online poker not outright online gambling, would be good for the country.
He's since changed his mind and now believes all forms of online gambling are bad for the US. Reid also said he would support Sen. Lindsey Graham's efforts to pass RAWA.
2) Sony Pictures WikiLeaks Poker Emails
Matt Damon = good dude.
H/T to poker super agent Brian Balsbaugh for pointing this out on Twitter but you can actually search the leaked 30k Sony emails on WikiLeaks for the term 'poker' to get a feel for how Hollywood feels about poker.
After scrolling through a few pages we noticed a few things:
- Brian Cranston, Ben Affleck and Matt Damon love hosting charity poker tournaments.
- Adapting Mollyâs Game to film sounded pretty contentious with Aaron Sorkin apparently wanting more than $4m for the screenplay.
- It sounded like Sony chief Amy Pascal did not care for Molly Bloom.
3) Jeopardy! Audiences Entranced By Alex Jacob
What's left to say about Alex Jacob's extraordinary run on Jeopardy!? He recorded his 5th(!) consecutive win last night and upped his total haul on the show to $127k.
You can see the last episode here. Jacob's performance on the show has hit a chord with the Jeopardy! audience and Twitter has been buzzing about the super chill/extremely nervous/spaced out former poker pro:
I would NOT be surprised if this week's Jeopardy champ, Alex, was a serial killer. Cory Sklar (@AskChaki) April 17, 2015
This guy Alex Jacob is trying to ruin Jeopardy for me. 5X champ who milks clock. Buy a shirt that fits, you jackass pic.twitter.com/iq1T4EnB7U Braden (@coltmonday) April 17, 2015
Home alone all week. Living vicariously through @whoisalexjacob - you remind me of me except I have a crush on you so I'm a very narcissistic girl (@holdfoldwalkrun) April 17, 2015
This is perfect https://t.co/MQGNcoQWCk Alex Jacob (@whoisalexjacob) April 17, 2015
@whoisalexjacob you're the most knowledgeable Neanderthal I've ever seen. Caley Burgess (@caleeeythegreat) April 17, 2015
@whoisalexjacob You have the most groupies in Jeopardy history. ... (@EmpireMaker2) April 17, 2015
Like I'm just in love with Alex Jacob on Jeopardy, you rock my world with your socially awkward responses. Meryn Frey (@merynating) April 16, 2015