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Daily 3-Bet: Aaron Paul Pt. 2, #FreeKassouf, Get Staking
The PokerListings Daily 3-Bet is a zip of the lips, a mimed air-fold and 25 mins to think things over in the afternoon poker news sin bin.
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Today in the 3-Bet we find an Aaron Paul injection for the GPL, internet justice for William Kassouf and a new door into the staking game.
1) Aaron Paul Meets 6-Max
The Global Poker League returned to action yesterday with some new tweaks, some stellar 6-Max action and a new commentary team in Jonathan Little and Roland Boothby.
Despite the presence of superstars Jason Mercier and Maria Ho, who each won matches, along with Kitty Kuo, Xuan Liu, Byron Kaverman and Liv Boeree, viewership was fairly modest -- although the potential is clearly there for a surge as the season carries forward.
Heads-up matches are underway today with Timothy Adams already sweeping Wayne Zhang, Anatoly Filatov and George Danzer about to square off and Justin Bonomo and Dominik Nitsche battling in the nightcap.
Next week's 6-Max action, though, will be a good litmus test for the GPL's potential as its prize celeb - LA Sunset member Aaron Paul - will be back for his first go at 6-Max.
If the buzz around his Cube appearance this summer can be regenerated, next week's stream numbers might be a GPL high-water mark.
Watch all the action today, tomorrow and in the near future right here.
2) DNegs on Penalty: "Horrified by Unjust Ruling"
While ESPN is doing its best to paint UK speech play aficionado Will Kassouf as this year's Main Event bad guy, there are more than a few people who feel like he's been unjustly vilified.
At the very least, anyway, they feel his one-round penalty for taunting Stacy Matuson was unwarranted.
Chief among them?
Fellow speech play practitioner Daniel Negreanu, who tweeted his dismay and will follow up with a podcast about it tomorrow:
Just saw the penalty against Will Kassouf. Absolutely horrified by the unjust ruling of a one round penalty. So many things wrong with it.— Daniel Negreanu (@RealKidPoker) September 21, 2016
Even worse at the end of the hand shaming the guy who had every right to call the clock. Floorman comment was totally out of line.— Daniel Negreanu (@RealKidPoker) September 21, 2016
I thought Stacy Maduson's post hand behavior towards the clock caller was infinitely worse than the behavior of Kassouf.— Daniel Negreanu (@RealKidPoker) September 21, 2016
More than a few people agreed with Daniel:
Watch the replay of the controversial hand at the beginning of Episode 4 here. What's your take?
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