Archive for February, 2015

Daily 3-Bet: Katz Robbed, No-Limit Solved, Daniel’s Favorite Word

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Today in the 3-Bet we find two prominent names in poker hit by burglary in Las Vegas, a path to solving No-Limit Hold’em being forged and Daniel Negreanu shares his favorite word.

1) Katz, Eskandani Burgled

Cary Katz
Cary Katz.

Just days after finding out Vegas High Roller Cary Katz will host a $ 500,000 buy-in tournament at Aria this summer he’s in the news again thanks to an old burglary.

According to the Las Vegas Review-Journal Katz’s was one of several homes hit by a now-apprehended burglar in 2013/2014.

Out of the burglar’s $ 2m overall take Katz’s hit was roughly $ 211k in “purses, jewelry, figurines and an iPad.”

Also taking a hit was long-time poker player and TV producer of High Stakes Poker and Poker After Dark, Mori Eskandani.

Eskandari reported losing $ 130,400 in “poker chips and jewelry.”

It doesn’t look like the poker players were specifically targetted as a doctor, an executive for the Las Vegas Convention Authority and the CFO of the Ultimate Fighting Championship, John Mulkey, were also victimized.

2) At 2:14am ET, Skynet Becomes Self-Aware

Poker bots

Think Heads-Up No-Limit Hold’em is tough right now? Just wait until the No-Limit Hold’em AI come online.

Much ado was made recently about the “solving” of Heads-Up Limit Holdem by the Cepheus AI developed at the University of Alberta.

While plenty of mainstream media outlets picked up on the story, few made the important distinction that it was just HU LHE that was solved. A lot just said “poker.”

As we all know No-Limit Hold’em is an entirely different animal to “solve” requiring a much more complex algorithm and way more computing power than currently available.

That isn’t to say they aren’t trying though. A group led by Tuomas Sandholm at Carnegie Mellon University is working on an AI that can handle “an abstract version of no-limit Texas Hold ’em six times as large as any previous abstraction of the poker game.”

It’s even likely the largest “imperfect-information game” ever attempted by a computer, says IEEE Spectrum.

They’re still miles away from coming close – the difference in information sets in NL vs. Limit is 147 orders of magnitude, they say – but they are getting closer. Read the latest about it here.

3) What’s Daniel Negreanu’s Favorite Word?

We’ll let him tell you. It’s not a new idea for him, though:


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PokerStars Signs Streaming All-Star Jason Somerville

It’s been awhile since PokerStars signed a US-based pro but apparently Somerville, who’s been a free agent since leaving Ultimate Poker, was just too good to pass up. 

Somerville is renowned for his famous Run it UP series where he streams his attempts to spin up a large amount of cash in a set amount of time while playing online poker.

“I’m delighted to become a member of Team PokerStars and can’t wait to resume my Run it UP! series on Twitch,” says Somerville.

“I’ll be live streaming for several hours this coming Sunday and I can’t wait to hear from, and chat to, a growing group of poker fans as the broadcasts continue. I’m also excited about representing PokerStars in online and live poker events in 2015.”

Somerville to Launch New Run it UP on March 1

Jason Somerville
Jason Somerville

Somerville’s success streaming poker on is unprecedented with more than 52,000 followers and more than three million total views.

Originally from Texas, Somerville has been playing poker since the mid 2000s. He’s amassed $ 3.9 million in lifetime live tournament earnings including a WSOP bracelet victory in 2011.

The signing comes in conjunction with news that PokerStars is launching its own dedicated streaming channel at

Somerville will obviously be featured on the channel as well as Bertrand “ElkY” Grospellier, Randy “Nanonoko” Lew and others.

Somerville will launch Run it UP Season 3 this Sunday, March 1, which players will be able to watch via the PokerStars Twitch channel.


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