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Daily 3-Bet: Brat Burns $140k, SCOOP Extra, PokerStars + Liquid
The PokerListings Daily 3-Bet is a leisurely, top-down, seat-back cruise down the mid-afternoon poker news highway.
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In today’s Daily 3-Bet we’ll take a look at Phil Hellmuth getting clobbered at his home game, an extra SCOOP event and PokerStars teaming up with a legendary eSports team.
1) Hellmuth Smashed for $140k
It’s common knowledge that Phil Hellmuth plays in a Silicon Valley home game that includes tech moguls and athletes.
Theoretically it’s a juicy game with plenty of amateur players.
Unfortunately for Hellmuth a lot of the players are also geniuses from the tech world or highly-motivated athletes so it’s not the cakewalk you might think.
Last night Hellmuth recorded his worst loss ever in the game, dropping a total of $140,000.
Hellmuth was apparently so upset he went to the gym at 2:30 a.m. but got shut down there as well.
Not a great day for the Poker Brat.
Fortunately the WSOP is coming up fast and Hellmuth always seems to save his best for Las Vegas.
2) SCOOP 2016 Adds One More Event
Sometimes 165 tournaments simply isn’t enough.
That’s what PokerStars must be thinking after adding one more event to its already gargantuan SCOOP 2016 schedule.
Organizers realized that since the event actually ends this Monday (thanks to the two-day events) they could slot one more event into the busy schedule.
Thus the introduction of SCOOP-56 Progressive Super Knockout. As usual the event will come in three different buy-in flavors including $11, $109 and $1,050.
The extra event means that SCOOP 2016 will actually finish with a total of 168 separate tournaments.
At this point though it’s just more fodder for Shaun Deeb to rack up leaderboard points, amiright?
3) PokerStars Makes Deal with Team eSports Liquid
PokerStars has been slowly investing more and more in the eSports market and this week the site announced a major partnership.
PokerStars will officially sponsor eSports behemoth Team Liquid.
The deal includes Hearthstone studs Janne “Savjz” Mikkonen, Jeffrey “SjoW” Brusi and Dario “TLO” Wünsch.
Of course Bertrand “ElkY” Grospellier is sponsored by BOTH Team Liquid and PokerStars.
Interestingly a lot of the Team Liquid pros have a lot of experience in poker and some even played semi-professionally before moving on to eSports.
Team Liquid wasn’t the only news to come out of PokerStars yesterday as the site also signed popular Twitch.tv streamer Kevin Martin.
It’s becoming very clear this whole Twitch thing isn’t going away.
Here’s a funny hand from Martin’s first day as a Team PokerStars Pro: