Daily 3-Bet: Full Tilt Merges, Anti-Online Poker Post, Wine Shark

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Texas Hold'em on ABC's The Catch.

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In today’s Daily 3-Bet we’ll take a look at Full Tilt finally merging with PokerStars, a weird HuffPost article on legal online poker and Texas Hold’em in a starring role on The Catch.

1) Full Tilt Migrates to PokerStars

Marc Kennedy Full Tilt Player Ambassador3
Full Tilt players are getting a ton more games.

It’s finally happening.

After operating Full Tilt as an independent site for the last couple years the Rational Group is moving the site into the PokerStars fold on May 17.

It seems like a no-brainer to merge the floundering Full Tilt into PokerStars but there was a time when it would have been absolutely unthinkable.

For years PokerStars and Full Tilt Poker were bitter rivals always seeking to one-up each other in any way possible.

It’s weird to think that just six years later Full Tilt, and its relatively small base of players, are simply being added to PokerStars.

Of course it’s likely a very good thing for players on both sites as the overall traffic will get a significant boost and Full Tilt players will still have access to some exclusive promotions.

If you're a Full Tilt player expect an email from the Rational Group shortly about how the transition will roll out.

2) HuffPost: Americans Don’t Want Legal Poker

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Agree to disagree.

Oh boy, this article.

Over at the Huffington Post, blogger Allan Smith is claiming most Americans don’t want legalized online poker.

Smith claims he talked to a number of “serious” poker players and he somehow got the idea that they don’t want the game to be legalized.

There are a heck of a lot of poker players who might take issue with that claim.

Smith goes on to make the argument that serious poker players don’t want the game to be legalized because they want to keep playing on off-shore sites and avoid paying taxes.

It’s true there are definitely some players out there who feel that way but to say most Americans don’t want legalized online poker seems incredibly misleading.

Let him know your thoughts in the comments.

3) Texas Hold'em Lands Guest Spot on ABC's The Catch

Who’s up for some bad poker TV?

Everyone? Alright in that case you’re going to want to check out last night’s episode of The Catch on ABC.

Let’s see if it all has all the requisite cliches.

All-in reference? Check.

High-stakes reference? Check.

A wine baron with a crippling Texas Hold’em addiction? Big check.

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