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Daily 3-Bet: Galfond Fiddle, Tilly Tell All, Barcelona Boom
The PokerListings Daily 3-Bet is an MFA in Theater, a case of gold spray paint and some very long days hustling change on the afternoon poker news Ramblas.
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Today in the 3-Bet we find Phil Galfond drifting through some unusual poker buy-in circles, Jennifer Tilly opens up to the PokerStars cameras about her ambitions (and failings) in poker and Barcelona gets hit with a crush of poker players.
1) Galfond Fiddles, Wins $109 Sunday Rebuy
Phil Galfond is probably, give or take, one of the top 5 poker minds to ever play the game.
His online icon status is legendary as he's up close to $8m on his two primary accounts (MrSweets28 on PokerStars and OMGClayAiken on Full Tilt Poker).
He's sat in some of the biggest games ever played online and won, consistently, for close to a decade. Live, he's added in about $2m in earnings and won his own WSOP bracelet.
So what's a guy whose usual stakes are $300/$600 (and in fact he dropped $200k playing in and around those stakes this week alone) doing playing the $109 Sunday Rebuy?
Well, winning it for one as MrSweets28 steamrolled 809 entrants yesterday for $45k in pocket change.
Who knows why/how he's playing a $109 Sunday rebuy? Winding down from nosebleed mixed games? Playing without looking at his cards? His equivalent to running on a treadmill after an NBA Finals game?
Whatever the case we wish he'd leave the $109 tournaments to us schlubs. It's all we got, man. Congrats on the win though.
2) Jennifer Tilly Being Awesome
Is it any wonder, after watching this endearing "tell all" bonus cut with Jennifer Tilly below, that we picked her as one of our nominees for our 2014 Spirit of Poker Awards?
She's the best. The. Best. Vote for her here until August 31.
3) Barcelona Teems with Poker Players for EPT100
Just how big is this week's EPT100 in Barcelona going to be? Well, all signs point to astronomically huge.
The ongoing €1,000+€100 Estrellas Poker Tour main event being held at Casino Barcelona as the EPT100 lead-in has drawn in 2,600+ players so far.
The €50,000 Super High Roller, which started today, already has 71 entries with registration still open until the start of Day 2 tomorrow (Ryan Fee leads btw, although with just 15 or so players eliminated today the big moves haven't happened yet).
That alone puts about €5.2 million on the table before the "big" events even get underway. The EPT100 Main Event, the high roller, the sidebets on how long Timex can stare down a human statue on Las Ramblas ... it's going to be off-the-hook action.
The good news is you can watch it all streaming live right here on PokerListings starting tomorrow at 12 noon CET.
We'll also have plenty of interviews and features coming in from our reporting team live on the scene so tune in daily for the latest.