Daily 3-Bet: Coach Nguyen, Kessel at WSOP, Phil Ivey to HOF?

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First ballot Hall of Famer?

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In today’s Daily 3-Bet we’ll take a look at Scotty Nguyen’s coaching rate, Phil Kessel skating by the WSOP and the 2017 Poker Hall of Fame.

1) Coach Scotty Nguyen

Ever dreamt of getting coached by the Prince of Poker?

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They call him coach.

Today is your lucky day because a Scotty Nguyen coaching package just popped up on Xpeeria.

For $1,250 you can get yourself three hours with the five-time WSOP bracelet winner in a nine-player game.

Participants can show their hands to Nguyen at any point and some inside strategy from the former world champion.

The chip leader at the end of the session receives an additional hour of one-on-one training with Nguyen. The event is tentatively scheduled for July 8 at Aria.

So is it worth it?

That’s very tough to say considering $1.2k is enough to actually buy you into a WSOP event these days and Nguyen himself hasn’t been cashing all that much over the last couple years.

Than again, playing with Nguyen is definitely an experience that you won’t get with anyone else.

2) Phil Kessel Drops by WSOP

You know what would go really well with the Stanley Cup? A gold World Series of Poker bracelet.

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Phil Kessel at the 2015 WSOP.

It’s not completely out of the realm of possibility as Phil Kessel stopped by the WSOP to sweat his buddy Daniel Negreanu.

Kessel of course won his second Stanley Cup with the Pittsburgh Penguins earlier this month.

It’s not the first time Kessel has stopped by the WSOP. He was on the rail for Negreanu’s runner-up finish in the 2015 $1m buy-in Big One for One Drop. He also allegedly had a piece of Negreanu’s staggering $8.2m score.

The synergy between poker and hockey is likely to just keep getting stronger as the Vegas Golden Knights will debut this coming season.

Poker and hockey would be even closer if the Vegas Knights actually made a play to scoop Roberto Luongo from the Florida Panthers.

3) 2017 Poker Hall of Fame Nomination Process Begins

The World Series of Poker officially opened the 2017 nomination process for the Poker Hall of Fame this week.

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Eligible? Uh, yeah.

Poker fans can submit their choices on this page but each pick must meet the following criteria:

  • A player must have played poker against acknowledged top competition
  • Played for high stakes
  • Be a minimum of 40 years old at time of nomination
  • Played consistently well, gaining the respect of peers
  • Stood the test of time
  • Or, for non-players, contributed to the overall growth and success of the game of poker, with indelible positive and lasting results.

Of note is that Phil Ivey is eligible for the first-time ever thanks to turning 40 this winter. Ivey has played very sparingly at the WSOP over the last few years, however, and has yet to make an appearance in this year's edition.

Last year Todd Brunson and Carlos Mortensen were elected into the HOF.

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