Daily 3-Bet: #Fight4Poker, Binion’s Revisited, Hellmuth the Older

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In today’s Daily 3-Bet we’ll take a look at PokerStars urging poker fans to #Fight4Poker, a nostalgic look at Binion’s and a Hellmuth family reunion at the WSOP.

1) PokerStars Eyes Legalization

There’s been some very positive steps towards legalizing online poker in New York this week and PokerStars wants to keep the momentum going.

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Eric Hollreiser, vice president of corporate communications for PokerStars, published this on the PokerStars blog earlier in the week:

There's never been a more important time for American online poker players to make their voices heard than right now. Today, lawmakers are considering online poker legislation in the statehouses of California, Michigan, New York and Pennsylvania. The New York Senate passed an online poker bill yesterday and another online poker bill is due to be heard by the California Assembly Appropriations Committee today. There's real, growing momentum pushing for licensing in these states and we're now closer than ever to the finishing line.

It’s hard not get at least a little excited for the prospects of online poker in the USA these days. To do you part you can head over to the Poker Players Alliance Fight4Poker page to learn how to make your voice heard.

2) Don’t Forget About Binion’s

This time of year the entire poker world is focused almost exclusively on the Rio All-Suites Hotel where poker heroes are minted on a daily basis.

Where it all began.

It’s easy to forget that the WSOP wasn’t born in the corporate conference halls of the Rio.

Instead the WSOP began in a decidedly more down-to-earth place. We’re talking, of course, about Binion’s.

The Las Vegas Sun highlighted the venerable casino in a feature this week. It’s nothing that hasn’t been written before but a nice reminder about the history that poker has in the building.

Binion’s is the place where players like Doyle Brunson, Stu Ungar and Johnny Moss put the WSOP on the map.

The place is practically a poker museum and you can still play poker there as Binion’s Poker Classic runs until July 3 with WSOP Main Event seats up for grabs no less.

If you’re a poker fan, do yourself a favor and check out where it all began.

3) Hellmuth Elders to Play WSOP

The WSOP is about to get a whole lot more Hellmuth.

Phil Hellmuth Tweeted a photo of Oklahoma Johnny Hale and himself earlier this week and mentioned that his parents are flying out to the WSOP to play in the Super Seniors Event on Sunday.

Of course Phil’s son Nick has cashed in a tournament before so maybe there’s a chance we get three generations of Hellmuth at the WSOP?

Hopefully Phil Sr doesn’t have a blow up incident or curse those “Northern Europeans” on Sunday. Like father, like son and all that.

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