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Daily 3-Bet: ElkY Peaking, Jesus Escapes, Ivey Best-in-Class
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Today in the 3-Bet we find ElkY (and his girlfriend) thrilling his Twitch audience, resurrect an old WSOP miracle and Phil Ivey captures poker's hearts and minds (again).
1) ElkY Hits 10k, Mousekini Out
If you've been following the 2015 SCOOP at all you already know it's been a pretty awesome barrage of highlights from the get-go.
Jason Mercier has three titles alone. Calvin Anderson has one (plus a near miss). Over the weekend no less than Mercier, Nicolas Chouity and Sam Greenwood won big events.
The action continues unabated today with another intriguing name looking to make his mark on the 2015 SCOOP.
French superstar Bertrand "ElkY" Grospellier is way deep in SCOOP 23-H, $2,100 No-Limit Hold'em, with about 18 players left. He's in the Top 5 in chips and, for your viewing pleasure, is streaming it all live (with a delay) on his Twitch Channel.
As you might expect it's a fast-paced delight including a techno soundtrack, dozens of "so sicks" and "we're peakings" and at last count 12k viewers. If you're into that kind of thing, his girlfriend has also made an appearance in a "mousekini." Check the live stream below:
2) Chris "Jesus" Ferguson Escapes with 2000 WSOP Main Event crown
With the 2015 World Series of Poker bearing down hard we've naturally been reminiscing/re-watching old WSOP footage as part of our annual ritual.
Given that it took place 15 years ago and involved one of the most controversial figures in poker we've been drawn of late to the final-table documentary on the 2000 Main Event.
Not only does it feature Chris "Jesus" Ferguson, TJ Cloutier and Hasan Habib, it also has an amateur named Jim McManus on assignment for Harper's magazine getting the amazing material he used to write Positively Fifth Street.
Despite the melodramatic music and terrible graphics it's an intriguing watch. And impossible not to think about what might have been had Cloutier, who was also runner-up the year before, held a few more times. Watch it unfold below:
3) Ivey's #1, Best in Class
We mentioned the slow reveal of RankingHero's #HeroScore last week and, unsurprisingly, it turns out Phil Hellmuth, Daniel Negreanu and Phil Ivey are poker's current Top 3 heroes.
Slightly surprising, though? Ivey edged out Negreanu for the #1 spot - despite a fairly low "contribution" score. His 1m+ popularity score more than made up for it though.
Check the full results and Top 10 #HeroScore countdown here. To see why Ivey still captures poker's collective imagination the most, check his new Chrysler 300 commercial below: