Daily 3-Bet: Esfandiari Cracks, Big-Time SCOOP, Position Plays

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In today’s 3-Bet we’ll take a look at Antonio Esfandiari owning up to a failed prop bet, PokerStars going SCOOP crazy and a new PL video on the advantages of playing from position in poker.

1) Antonio Esfandiari Admits to Buying Out of No Sex Bet

Bill Perkins
Bill Perkins gets richer

Sometimes prop bets are just too much, even for the pros.

Yesterday Antonio Esfandari related to PokerStrategy that he bought out of his infamous no sex for a year prop bet with Bill Perkins in just nine days.

Here’s Esfandiari’s reasoning:

It wasn’t that I couldn't do it, but it was because I all of a sudden didn’t want to do. After nine days, I wrote a very heartfelt letter to Bill, and I said, "Look, I'm going to do this bet. There's no part of me that’s going to lose the half a million; but it's something that I don't want to do." I offered a buyout for X amount, and he took it. If he wanted more than that, I probably wouldn't have paid him; but I just paid it, got it out of the way, and broke out of the bet. So yes, it's true, and I did buy out, and I'm happy to have paid the money and be done with it.

The bet was for $500,000 so it’s anyone’s guess how much Esfandiari paid to buy his way out. Our guess is $69,999. Giggity.

2) PokerStars Goes All-In on SCOOP with $40m GTD

0076 George Danzer
George Danzer

It’s Spring Champion of Online Poker time and PokerStars is going all-out in this year’s edition.

We’re talking more tournaments, bigger overall guarantee and more days.

In total the 2014 SCOOP will offer an astounding 135 tournaments spread across low, medium and high stakes with $40 million guaranteed for the entire series.

For the first time ever there will be three events every day of the series with re-entry tournaments and popular progressive super knockouts on the schedule.

The SCOOP Main Event will offer guarantees of $1m, $2m and $3m for the $109 (low), $1,050 (medium) and $10,300 (high) buy-ins respectively.

Last year’s SCOOP was actually the richest ever online series with $75,585,385 awarded to players.

Team PokerStars Pro George Danzer, who won last year’s SCOOP leaderboard, had this to say about the series:

“SCOOP is such a great series because the three-tier buy-in championship gives players of all levels the chance to take part in such a prestigious series. This year I’ll be aiming to go one better and finish top of the Overall Leader Board and add to my collection of three SCOOP bracelets.”

Well said, George.

3) How Not to Suck at Poker: Position

Do you still suck at poker?

Here’s a tip, check out our ongoing video series on that exact subject and how to fix it. Yesterday we released a new one on just how valuable position is in poker (spoiler: it’s important).

Click play on the video below to see how you can use position to your advantage.

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