Daily 3-Bet: Aoki v. Ivey, Prop v. Shill, Xuan to Watch

Xuan Liu

The PokerListings Daily 3-Bet is a Champion Plus Multi-Tool Swiss Army Knife whipped out in a game of afternoon poker news knivesy-spoonsy.

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Today in the 3-Bet we find a strange game of forks and knives between famed DJ Steve Aoki and an animated Phil Ivey, a nice breakdown of life as a poker prop player in Colorado and Xuan Liu reminds us why she's one to watch on the worldwide poker circuit.

1) Aoki and Ivey Play for Forks and Knives

We can't say we've totally wrapped our heads around the micro-video sharing platform Vine, but if it keeps giving us clips of Steve Aoki and Phil Ivey playing poker for forks and knives, we're all for it.

Especially if it includes a mini-James Harden dealer.

2) Prop Poker Player: Hardest Job in the Industry?

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Erick Lindgren: One of few pros who got his start as a prop player.

We get asked a lot about how to get into the "poker industry." Not necessarily as a pro player but as someone who works in and around poker - in the media, helping run tournaments, etc.

One of the jobs we mention that always sparks an interest is that of being a "prop player" - ie a player paid by the casino to sit at the tables and keep games running.

Which sounds awesome, sure. But given you play with your own money, eat your own losses and only make about $15/hr, it's not always as good as it sounds.

Writer Debbie Kelley of the Colorado Springs Gazette sat down with a few "props" in Colorado and got their take on what some call the hardest job in the gaming industry.

Among the more interesting revelations? The average prop player lasts only about three weeks because of the pressure, poker room manager Brian Pearson says. And it's not uncommon to see one quit after his or her first day.


3) Xuan Liu: Next Big Thing from Waterloo Poker Machine?

We've talked about rising superstar Xuan Liu and the insane succes of the University of Waterloo poker factory independantly before, but here's a nice piece that brings the two together.

Liu was one of the WPT's Players to Watch this season and her bio clip aired last night on Fox Sports.

She didn't have a huge year on the WPT but we still couldn't agree with their pick more - and, in fact, if you're interested in seering more from Liu check back here in a few weeks as she's the next subject for our Easy Game mini-doc series.

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