Daily 3-Bet: $15m TCOOP, Ike Quits PokerStars, Antonio Wins $137k

Esfandiari wins 137k
Antonio Esfandiari

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In today’s Daily 3-Bet we’ll take a look at a big TCOOP guarantee, Isaac Haxton leaving PokerStars and Antonio Esfandiari winning a highlight-reel hand.

1) TCOOP Offers $15m GTD

A Whole Lotta Cash

Need to kick-start your poker habit in 2015?

The Turbo Championship of Online Poker on PokerStars may be just the trick.

TCOOP runs Jan. 21-31 and this year the fast-paced series will offer $15,000,000 in guaranteed prize pools.

Overall the series will have a total of 50 turbo-charged events with the $2m-GTD Main Event scheduled to take place Jan. 31.

In addition -- for the first time ever -- PokerStars is running a three-phase tournament.

Phase 1 begins Jan. 7 with a low buy-in of $27. Players can play as many phase 1 events (or phase 2 events for that matter) as they want to qualify for phase 3, which takes place Jan. 21 and will offer a massive $1.5m guaranteed prize pool.

2) Isaac Haxton Leaves PokerStars

Isaac Haxton

On New Years Day Isaac “Ike” Haxton officially announced he was leaving PokerStars Team Online.

It appears the standoff between high-volume grinders and PokerStars isn’t going anywhere.

Haxton explained his contract had expired and he simply made the decision not to renew it.

…There's a lot not to like about these most recent changes and the way they've been communicated, but there's one aspect that I just can't accept. Announcing in November that players who earned Supernova and Supernova Elite status in 2015 will not receive the benefits they had expected in 2016 strikes me as dishonest and unfair.

Haxton is currently doing a Q&A on TwoPlusTwo for anyone that has questions about his departure.

Ike is the second player to leave PokerStars over the SuperNova Elite changes, following in the footsteps of Alex “Kanu7” Millar who departed late last year.

3) Esfandiari Wins Huge Pot with Jack-High

We’re loving these exclusive clips that Poker Central has been releasing of the Aria Super High Roller Series cash game.

The following video sees Antonio Esfandiari win a massive pot in a hand that included Doyle Brunson, Phil Ivey, Jean-Robert Bellande, Jennifer Tilly and “Aussie Matt.”

It’s a good one.

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