Off Topic: Daniel Negreanu finishes shred; Timex shooting hoops on Twitch; Max Silver’s $25k pull-up bet; No Vegas birthday bash for Jake Cody; Konnikova publishes “The Biggest Bluff”

In this column we deliver you the latest and most interesting news and gossip from our favourite poker people.

Daniel Negreanu finishes shred, starts bulk

The poker community was at the same time impressed and shocked about Daniel Negreanu‘s physical condition in recent Instagram and Twitter posts.

KidPoker showed off his lean stature, looking fit but very thin. Of course, people tried telling the vegan poker pro to “go eat a steak”, but they missed the point.

Daniel Negreanu fitness Daniel Negreanu fitness progress

Daniel was deliberately cutting down on calories to get to a lean fit state and then start to bulk up healthily thereafter. Healthy isn’t really the issue anyway as Daniel’s diet shines of vegan goodness and regular workouts.

And that is indeed what the 45-year old is proving and advertising in his latest fitness update on Twitter: You CAN get fit and strong on a vegan diet.

Timex shooting hoops on Twitch

Mike McDonald free throws

Back in April Mike “Timex” McDonald announced some entertainment for the betting deprived poker community in lockdown. He bet that he will be able to sink 90 out of 100 basketball free throws by the end of 2020. Mike gets unlimited attempts and bets even money.

McDonald is very ambitious, trying to get close to basketball records. The all-time record for free throws is 90.5% for Stephen Curry and so the poker community is discussing, if Mike McDonald is really capable of hitting more than 90 out of 100 throws.

Over $200,000 have been taken in bets and Mike is sharing his current stats and personal bests in pinned tweets on his Twitter account.

To show his progress and practice shooting in front of an audience, Mike took it to Twitch last week, betting he could convert 20 consecutive throws for $5,000.

The streams will continue, so fans and bettors will be able to follow along Mike’s progress.

Max Silver’s $25k pull-up bet

Max Silver pull-up bet PokerShares
Max Silver pull-up bet PokerShares

Another bet that captured the poker community’s attention throughout the past year was English poker pro Max Silver’s fitness challenge with the bet to be able to do 20 consecutive pull-ups by the end of June 2020.

The pull-up challenge went hand in hand with two fat loss bets in 2019 (lost 4.6% in 3 months and getting under 20% body fat by the end of the year) and was a way for the young father to improve overall health and fitness.

In a tweet thread Max summarized the last year, his decision-making, failures and success stories.

Finally, the day of truth had come and Max Silver went for the final pull-up test. See for yourself if he made it.

No Vegas birthday bash for Jake Cody

While some celebrate their fitness and well-being, others lament not being able to party their hearts and livers out in Sin City this year. Jake Cody’s birthday falls on Independence Day, and Independence Day falls on the WSOP – except this year.

No WSOP this summer means no Las Vegas at all for most poker people. Known for being a party animal and as a true Brit, however, Cody can find a party anywhere. Especially as the UK re-opened pubs just in time for his birthday celebrations.

Jake Cody partying
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Maria Konnikova finally publishes “The Biggest Bluff”

Maria Konnikova

It’s been a long time in the making, but trusting the feedback of the poker community, it’s been worth the wait.

Russian-American author Maria Konnikova had been traveling with and alongside the poker circus for a couple of years, openly talking about her work on the book “The Biggest Bluff”. Konnikova had taken none other than poker legend Eric Seidel as a coach for this endeavour and set out to learn about thinking under pressure, decision making and mastering your own mind.

In the process the now 36-year old even managed to take down a major poker event. In January 2018 she went on to win the $1,650 PCA National for $84,600 and has since then amassed a total of over $300k in lifetime earnings.

It’s being said that “The Biggest Bluff” is a worthy poker book to be mentioned alongside classics like “The Biggest Game in Town” or “The Professor, the Banker, and the Suicide King” and so a must read for any poker fan.