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Daily 3-Bet: Finding durrrr, JMerc+Le Batard, Vayo 'Freerolls' ME
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Today in the 3-Bet we find Tom "durrrr" Dwan in a Las Vegas Whole Foods, Jason Mercier gets the Le Batard treatment and Gordon Vayo can't believe his Main Event luck.
1) 'I Just Found durrrr Tho'
Speculation as to Tom "durrrr" Dwan's whereabouts has been an ongoing theme for the past couple of years in the poker world.
He hasn't finished his challenge with Jungleman, he hasn't played in virtually any big events and he definitely hasn't been seen playing at the highest stakes online.
The general consensus was he was too busy playing big high-stakes cash games in Macau or Manila to make it to the WSOP this year but poker pro Luke Vrabel happened upon him in an unexpected spot last week:
I just found durr tho pic.twitter.com/E8KsuumU6C— Luke (@slaymerica) July 29, 2016
@actionashley13 whole foods in Vegas— Luke (@slaymerica) August 2, 2016
Even legends need to pick up their own organic berries once in a while, we guess. We've heard the Vegas cash games have been blowing up since the WSOP ended so maybe that's where durrrr's been keeping vigil. We'll keep our eyes peeled for more sightings.
2) Mercier on Le Batard Show
Speaking of poker legends, Jason Mercier was already well on his way if not already at certifiable legend status before his epic, POY-turn at the WSOP this summer.
While that alone is worthy of some mainstream attention it's of course Mercier's $1.8m side bet with Vanessa Selbst that's got him the most headlines.
It also got him an invite to appear on ESPN personality Dan Le Batard's podcast this am.
How'd it go? Well, as always with mainstream coverage there were some bad stereotypes/stock questions to deal with - "do you have a gambling problem?" being one of them.
Worse might have been the commenters who really showed their ignorance. Mercier handled it all like a pro, though. You can listen for yourself here. Here's Mercier's take:
Degenerate, junkie, addict -Not exactly my fav words 2 describe myself as 1 of the best in my profession oh well, ill just keep printing!— Jason Mercier (@JasonMercier) August 2, 2016
Poker will never reach its full potential / go main stream when this is the public's perception of what we do. #SportifyPoker— Jason Mercier (@JasonMercier) August 2, 2016
3) Vayo: Hard to Believe AK Beat AA w/ 38 Left
2016 WSOP November Niner Gordon Vayo is one of the most experienced players at this year's final table. He's been a poker pro for over a decade - since he was underage, even - and has had scores of success in big tournaments online.
But in a tournament with 6,737 players, even the most talented players have to get lucky to get to the end.
With 38 players left in the Main Event this year Vayo got it all-in preflop with ace-king against pocket aces. He won. And he rode it all the way to a spot in the Nov. 9.
What's it like to experience that moment after 10 years of blood, sweat and tears in poker?
PokerListings spoke with Vayo the following day and he explained that it felt so surreal, in fact, that it was hard to recover and re-focus on playing.
Once he decided the rest of the tournament was just 'one big freeroll,' though, he felt calmer than he ever expected. Check out the video below for the full story: