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Daily 3-Bet: $40m Powerfest, Lex + Staples, Hippies w/ $$
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Today in the 3-Bet we find another online poker series surge, a powerhouse streaming duo joins up in Costa Rica and Phil Gruissem seeks cash and enlightenment.
1) Powerfest Surges to $40m
As we mentioned last week the 2017 WCOOP on PokerStars blew right through its $60m guarantee and became its second-biggest online series of all time. With over $90m paid out, it's behind only the 2017 SCOOP at $93m for biggest ever.
There were three other major online poker series alongside SCOOP in September and, as partypoker reports, at least another superseded its guarantees.
The 2017 Fall Powerfest on partypoker guaranteed $35m over its 330 events but ultimately paid out just under $40m to 51,482 players who made the money/scooped bounties.
In particular the $25,500 High Roller (won by Ben “CowEyed” Tollerene) crushed with 127 entries and a $3.2m prize pool.
Between those two series and 888poker's XL Eclipse, that's well over $150m (!) paid out in September alone.
Next up at partypoker is the micro/mid-stakes Monster series in October with another $5m GTD - and that should see some records fall there, too.
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2) Lex + Jamie in Costa Rica
Jason Somerville is the Godfather, Jaime Staples and Parker Talbot the twin Canadian pillars and Jeff Gross the All-American BFF, but Twitch poker's favorite son right now just might be Dutch poker pro Lex Velduis.
Veldhuis has really upped his streaming volume over the last year or so and the results - both poker-wise and viewers acquired - are evident.
Veldhuis had almost 15,000 (!) viewers watching his WCOOP PLO final-table stream last week and has earned legions of new fans thanks to his intimate understanding of high-stakes poker, broad gaming background, forthright viewpoints and engaging style.
He's picking up subscribers by the dozens and is about to join forces with another of Twitch's most popular figures - Jaime "PokerStaples" Staples.
As Lex explains in his latest Vlog, the two are moving in together in Costa Rica (in fact they've already arrived and are setting up) and reaping the logistical/social/streaming benefits.
If you want to know all my plans and everything that is happening now (or soon) pls check out last weeks VloG! https://t.co/H2DFSEGBmw— Lex Veldhuis (@RaSZi) October 3, 2017
By the sounds of it they should be up and running by the weekend so check it out (and see Lex's full streaming schedule) right here.
3) Which for Money, Which for Enlightenment?
Given the continuing surge in poker interest in India, we're not entirely sure which destination Phil Gruissem sees as the money spot and which as the enlightenment spot. Either way, it's great the recent first-time WCOOP champ reminded us the two aren't mutually exclusive.
heading to india tmr then macao. gl to me searching for enlightenment and a bunch of cash at the same time… #hippieswithmoney— Philipp Gruissem (@TheRealPhilbort) October 3, 2017