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Daily 3-Bet: Boeree Beerfest, Benger Blunder, Bluffing Willie Nelson
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Today in the 3-Bet we find Liv Boeree getting sudsy in Atlantic City, Griffin Benger commits a fashion crime and Merle Haggard breaks down Willie Nelson's poker game.
1) Boeree, Selbst hit AC Beerfest
While Justin Bonomo, Igor Kurganov and Chris Moorman did the heavy lifting for the London Royals in the GPL this week, Team Manager Liv Boeree is expected to make her debut shortly.
In-studio host Laura Cornelius dropped a hint yesterday that Boeree is likely to play her first match next week heads-up against Hong Kong Stars manager Celina Lin.
If you can't wait that long to pick her brain for some poker tips -- and you happen to be in the vicinity of Atlantic City -- you can try and grab a sit down over a pint at the AC Beerfest this weekend.
Boeree, fellow London Royal Vanessa Selbst, Chris Moneymaker and Jen Shahade will all be on hand for the PokerStars-sponsored "All-In Happy Hours" on Friday and Saturday.
The pros will be around to take pictures, chat and play a game called "corn hole," apparently, which we hope is less disturbing than it sounds.
150 breweries are on site for Beerfest this year plus musical acts like Dashboard Confessional, Manchester Orchestra and Reel Big Fish. More info here.
2) Oh No, Griffin. Oh No.
Global Poker League co-commentators Griffin Benger and Sam Grafton were mercilessly (and unfairly) taken to task all week by the anonymous haters on the GPL Twitch chat but, credit to them, handled it with great aplomb.
They didn't get defensive, didn't turn snarky and genuinely took feedback and turned it into improved performance each day.
The hate storm may have reached its apex when Benger misclicked on the "pause game" function and unintentionally discovered a software glitch that dealt out a sixth card on the board. In the aftermath he also popped his knee up over the desk to reveal he was wearing shorts with his shirt/blazer combo, fueling the fire.
For us, though, we loved it all. The commentary was fast, fun and informed, the shorts were hilarious and even the misclick was resolved satisfactorily. What we can't forgive, though?
Those orthopedic sports sandals. Any grown man who puts his feet in a pair of those loses some street cred, Counter-Strike Legend or no. Btw if you want to know more about his background, check out the mini-documentary we did with him a couple of years ago:
3) Merle Haggard: You Can't Bluff Willie Nelson
PokerListings Editor-in-Chief Matt Showell has a standing life dream to play in Willie Nelson's infamous Hawaii home game and now, thanks to Merle Haggard, he knows exactly how to play him if he ever does.
The Country Music legend, who died yesterday on his 79th birthday, met Nelson playing poker in the early 60s. Since, their shared passion for the game never faded and the two met regularly to get some hands in.
Last year Haggard and Nelson put out their third and final record together - Django and Jimmie - and Haggard sat down with GQ Magazine after a show to talk about it. They couldn't help but talk about poker, too. Here's the poker excerpt: