Daily 3-Bet: APAC Live!, Merson Sweat, Melbourne Ahoy

Greg Merson
The champ is on his way.

The PokerListings Daily 3-Bet is a ripping game of knifesy-spoonsy that keeps the VB flowing and the dingos at bay in the depths of the afternoon poker news outback.

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Today in the 3-Bet we find PokerListings' exclusive live coverage of WSOP APAC about to get underway, World Champ Greg Merson offering up a sweet 1% sweat of his WSOP APAC action and a litany of big-name stars making their way to Melbourne as we speak.

1) Live WSOP APAC Coverage on PokerListings Starts Today!

Day 7 of the 2012 WSOP Main Event
WSOP magic comes to Oz.

Unless you’ve been locked in a Thai prison or living passport-less in an airport Tom Hanks style, you likely know the World Series of Poker’s first foray into the Pacific – WSOP APAC - is on the doorstep.

Five official gold bracelet events, a $50k High Roller, the Caesars Cup team event, loads of side action and satellites… it’s a lock for two weeks of some of the best poker action on the planet.

What you might not know is that PokerListings.com is also, for the first time, the official live reporting partner.

What does that mean? It means you can find the live stream of every final table, up-to-the-minute hand reports and chip counts, photos, video interviews, news and more exclusively here on PokerListings.com.

We’ve also got a few surprises up our sleeves, along with plenty of solid “that’s not a knife” puns. Oh yes. There will be puns.

There’s a 15-hour time difference between EST and Melbourne so action kicks off in Event 1, the $1,100 Holdem Accumulator at 3 am (midnight PST) tonight!

Follow along live here, check our 5 Aussies to Watch and get a complete guide to WSOP APAC here.

2) World Champ Greg Merson Offers 1% Freeroll

If you’re lucky enough to follow 2012 WSOP Main Event champ Greg Merson on Twitter, you may have luckboxed your way into a freeroll for 1% of his WSOP APAC Main Event action.

All you needed to do? Tweet a photo of you in your favorite sports jersey to him.

Merson famously took down the Main Event last year sporting his hometown Baltimore Orioles jersey but is apparently in the market for a new flag to fly.

Even better today? He's decided to pick three winners and throw in 1% of his $5k six-max action.

Let that be a lesson - it's always a good idea to follow succesful pros on Twitter. If you're one of the lucky three to win a sweat, best of luck to you.

Given his WSOP history and ridiculous poker skills, we think you may be in for a sweet payday.

3) Heavy Hitters in the Air, Melbourne Bound

Phil Hellmuth
No surprise Hellmuth will be bracelet hunting.

So we know Phil Hellmuth, in his never-ending quest for bracelets, will be there.

Joe Hachem and all of Australia's top players... all locks to belly up at APAC.

Who else will be there? Based on Twitter, plenty of the game's biggest names - not the least of which will be poker's all-time leading money winner Antonio Esfandiari.

It's gonna be a great one. Check the tweets below for a sample of the stars on the way:

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