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Phil Hellmuth
The generous Phil Hellmuth.

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Today in the 3-Bet we find Full Tilt Poker returning to the airwaves with their signature ad style, a heroic raid by Florida law enforcement on the creeping evil of free poker leagues and Phil Hellmuth reminding us he's still Phil Hellmuth.

1) Full Tilt Poker Commercials Return in Canada

Remember how good the old Full Tilt Poker commercials were?

Smartly recognizing not everything with the old Full Tilt should be thrown out with the bathwater, the new Full Tilt Poker has begun airing ads in Canada in preparation for its Nov. 6 re-launch.

They’re eerily reminiscent of the old ads – save the absence of, say, 8-10 well-known poker pros.

Something that is back, though? Those dreamy eyes of Gustav Hansen.

Check out one of the new 15-second clips below:

2) Florida Police Raid Free Poker League, Save Us From Evil

Once again thanks go out to the noble law enforcement agents of South Florida for saving us from the creeping societal scourge of free poker leagues.

In a brave afternoon raid last Saturday on notorious den of ill repute, "Louie's Grill and Sports Bar" in Tampa, gun-wielding agents brought down the hammer of justice on 140 players indulging in the degeneracy of a convivial poker tournament.

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Things may have been different if Doyle was there.

The culmination of a months-long undercover investigation dubbed “Operation Cracked Aces,” the owner and five employees of the scurrilous “Nutz Poker League” were arrested and charged with illegal gambling.

Among the ill-begotten proceeds of said poker league were rumored to be Visa gift cards and trips to Las Vegas.

In the ultimate slap in the face to decency, daily games proferred restaurant gift certificates for $5-$20.

"If they are playing cards, and they have an opportunity to win something of value, then they are technically violating this particular gambling statute,” Assistant State Attorney Joshua Riba told the Tampa Bay Times. Carry on, agents of justice, carry on.

3) Hellmuth Gotta Hellmuth; Reminds Us of Gifts He’s Given

Phil Hellmuth
Sometimes you gotta sing your own praises. Other times, not so much.

Sigh. Just when we were starting to like Phil Hellmuth again he goes and Hellmuths on us.

With an inspiring 18-month tournament tear culminating in the 2012 WSOPE Main Event title and his 13th bracelet, a newer, humbler Hellmuth seemed to be emerging.

The din of the online haters had been muted and it seemed at last Phil had nothing more to prove. To anyone.

Not so, apparently, as he reminded his Twitter followers this week of generous gifts he's given this year. Not once, but twice even - with a bonus follow up a couple of days later.

The age-old adage has once again been proven - Hellmuth giveth, and then he taketh away.

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