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Daily 3-Bet: Danzer Breakout, Sexton v. WSOP, Tilly Goes Amazon
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Today in the 3-Bet we find George Danzer breaking out among the European Poker Award nominees, Mike Sexton takes a swipe at the World Series of Poker and poker's most famous couple hit the jungle.
1) Danzer, Panka, Kitai Head List of EPA Nominees
And all of a sudden, poker now has an Awards season.
Following closely on the heels of the much-discussed American Poker Awards the nominations for the 2014 European Poker Awards were released today.
We've already shamelessly plugged the PokerListings Battle of Malta's nomination for Event of the Year (Under $2k Buy-In); now we'll pay due respect to the other nominees. A few that stand out:
- George Danzer - Breakout Player of Year
- Dominik Panka - Breakout Player of Year
- Vicky Coren Mitchell - Tournament Performance of Year
- Davidi Kitai - Tournament Performance of Year
- Shark Cage - Poker Innovation of Year
- Nosebleed Documentary - Poker Media Content of Year
- Lee Davy - Media Person of the Year
Danzer, of course, has had a very long, successful poker career but winning 3 bracelets in a year will put you in the Breakout conversation. Full list of nominees here.
2) Mike Sexton Has Bones to Pick with WSOP
As he says himself in the post in question everyone's talking about, there are few people who have attended/supported the World Series of Poker more than Mike Sexton.
The iconic WPT/PartyPoker front man has been to every WSOP since 1984 (!) and says he has nothing but "love and respect" for one of poker's longest standing institutions.
That being said ... he's got some issues with it. Chief among them: the Nov. 9 and the four-month delay for the Main Event FT.
He doesn't like WSOP Europe and WSOP Asia-Pacific being included in the POY race, he doesn't like the amount of bracelets being handed out and he definitely doesn't like bracelets being awarded outside of Vegas.
Don't get him started on what might happen if a Nov. 9er dies before the final table.
It's a bit unusual to see to see one of poker's leading Ambassadors take that kind of stab at a fellow poker organization, but maybe old rivalries still do die hard. It's also kind of odd timing given the "unification" vibe of the recent American Poker Awards.
Still, can't say he doesn't have some reasonable points. Full post here.
3) Tilly and Laak Take on Peru
We were wondering why Los Angeles denizens Jennifer Tilly and Phil Laak were nowhere to be seen at the WPT LA Poker Classic so we checked their social media accounts to see what was up.
Turns out they're just toodling down the Amazon:
Jen Tilly and Phil Laak are the coolest.